Game: Club de Fútbol Monterrey vs. Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente
Date: Saturday, September 29th, 2018
Time: 10:06 p.m. Eastern, 9:06 p.m. Central, 7:06 p.m. Pacific, 2:06 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer (Monterrey, NL)
Radio: 98.9 FM (Tijuana/San Diego)
Club Tijuana will visit the Estadio BBVA Bancomer for the first meeting between the two teams since the Clausura 2018 Liguilla quarterfinals in which Xolos upset the greatly favored Los Rayados to claim a great victory and the end to a disappointing season for Monterrey.
Los actuales lesionados de Monterrey y el tiempo que estarán fuera de las canchas:— DLPTLV (@dlptlv) September 26, 2018
❌ Avilés Hurtado (2 semanas)
❌ Rodolfo Pizarro (3 semanas)
❌ Alfonso González (9 meses)
❌ José Basanta (3 semanas)
❌ Jonathan Urretaviscaya (De 5 a 9 meses) pic.twitter.com/N3o2Vic1WY
Monterrey are suffering through both a dip in form and an injury crisis at the moment. They are currently missing five of their key players, and Rogelio Funes Mori, who has been a talisman for the club since arriving, isn’t at full fitness yet after returning from his own injury that has kept him out of the lineup for most of the season.
Monterrey hasn’t won a match in over a month since securing a late win over lowly Lobos BUAP, and before the draw in the Clásico Regio against Tigres, Monterrey had lost two straight Liga MX matches, a 4-2 loss at home to Chivas de Guadalajara and a 2-1 loss at Puebla. Even in their win against lowly Mérida in the Copa MX wasn’t without problems, as they allowed an absurd goal and had to score in the final minutes of the game to get a 3-2 win at home.
Xolos, however, have won three straight Liga MX matches, with a 1-0 wins over Necaxa, Club Atlas, and Pachuca. They did lose at home in the Copa MX against Cruz Azul, but they’ve crept up into 9th place on 15 points, level with Querétaro and Tigres but behind the two clubs ahead of them on only goal difference. Monterrey sit just above the trio on 15 points, in sixth place on 17 points. A Xolos victory could see them leap into the Liguilla places, while a win for Monterrey could see them get as high as third in the table.
With former Club Tijuana forward Avilés Hurtado out injured, as well as Rodolfo Pizarro and Jonathan Urretaviscaya, most of the offense should flow through Dorlan Pabón for Monterrey. Funes Mori’s fitness will likely be a big factor in how Monterrey does in the attack.
On defense, Monterrey will be missing their captain José Basanta, and without him in the lineup, los Rayados have been vulnerable at the back. He missed the match against Chivas at home and Monterrey looked absolutely clueless in defense. A good performance from César Montes and Nico Sanchez will be key for Monterrey to get a win or at least a draw.