Match: CF Monterrey v Club León
Date: January 12th, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM CST, 6:00 PM EST, 3:00 PM PST
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Monterrey, Mexico
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Monterrey will be looking to continue their strong start to the season with a win over Club León tonight at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer. The Apertura 2018 match was fraught with some controversy, as León played for over an hour with 10 men and Monterrey was awarded a penalty in the second half to secure the win for the visiting Rayados.
Monterrey will hope to have new midfielder, and Argentina international, Maximiliano Meza in the lineup tonight, although given the performance of last week, it would be hard to figure out where he will line up. The club was also missing captain Jose Maria Basanta and Rodolfo Pizarro, once again showing the depth that the club has at almost every position.
Carlos Rodriguez had an outstanding performance last week that left many fans and pundits buzzing, so he will likely get another chance to play in midfield, along side Jonathan Gonzalez, the young Mexico midfielder who finally got his first goal in Liga MX last week against Pachuca. Besides those two, a lot of the other positions will be up in the air, and don’t be surprised if Basanta is “eased” back into the lineup, as Cesar Montes looked excellent and the heir apparent’s time might be now.
Rogelio Funes Mori had two goals last week and will be looking to get an extended run of games in the Clausura without injury, so hopefully he is able to once again get on the board and continue his own fine run in the lineup.
León welcomed Rubens Sambueza from Deportivo Toluca after the Apertura, but also said goodbye to club legend Mauro Boselli, who left the club to go to Corinthians in Brazil. This season will see León try and get into contention for a spot in the Liguilla, but Monterrey should be able to win at home. However, this being Liga MX, anything can happen, so don’t be shocked to see an unlikely result.