Match: CF Monterrey v Monarcas Morelia
Date: August 25th, 2018
Time: 9 PM CDT, 10PM EDT, 7PM PDT
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer
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Last Season’s results: Morelia 0-0 Monterrey 2017 Apertura, Monterrey 1-1 Morelia 2018 Clausura
After a thrilling last-gasp win by Monterrey on Wednesday night against Lobos BUAP, los Rayados return home to take on Monarcas Morelia. Monarcas surprised Monterrey last year with a stunning draw in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer in the opening fixture of the Clausura 2018 and Monterrey will need to do well to avoid another shock result in the Apertura 2018.
Morelia has exceeded expectations again this season, as they currently sit in fourth place, with three wins, two draws and only one loss going into this match. Morelia lost their top scorer, Peru international Raúl Ruidíaz, to MLS and the Seattle Sounders over the summer, but they have kept on scoring and making life interesting for the bigger clubs in Liga MX. They are coming off of a 1-1 draw at home against Pachuca.
Monterrey squandered a bunch of chances against Lobos BUAP in Wednesday’s match, something that has been a worrying trend with Rogelio Funes Mori being out. Luis Madrigal hasn’t impressed, and Rayados fans will be counting down the days until Funes Mori is back. It speaks volumes that the leading scorer for Monterrey so far in the Apertura 2018 is Nico Sanchez, a central defender, who has four goals.
Rodolfo Pizarro had one of his best matches in a Monterrey uniform in Puebla, so perhaps this will be the match that the former Chivas de Guadalajara playmaker breaks through and grabs his first goal for los Rayados. In addition to Pizarro, look for Dorlan Pabón and Avilés Hurtado to both be involved, as well as Jonathan Gonzalez.
The other big-name that came to Monterrey during the transfer window, Jesús Gallardo, has found breaking into the starting lineup to be difficult, but perhaps he’s rotated into the starting lineup on Saturday night.
Monterrey should be able to win at home, but Morelia has a bit of a bogey team, so a draw wouldn’t be out of the question, especially as Monarcas create a lot more offense than the teams that Monterrey has been playing recently.