Match: Querétaro FC v CF Monterrey
Date: January 19th, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM CST, 6:00 PM EST, 3:00 PM PST
Venue: Estadio Corregidora, Querétaro City, Mexico
Television: ESPN Deportes & Univision Deportes in the United States, Imagen Televisión in Mexico
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Apertura 2018 Result: Monterrey 2-1 Querétaro
After a good start to their Apertura 2018 campaign, one would have expected Querétaro to start the Clausura in decent fashion as well, with matches against Club Atlas and Pachuca. However, los Gallos have looked rather poor in their first two matches, losing at home to Club Atlas, who struggled during the entire Apertura 2018, and then followed up that loss with a loss at Pachuca, leaving them without a win in the first two matches of the season.
Monterrey come to Querétaro with problems of their own, as despite a 5-0 thumping of Pachuca to open the season, los Rayados fell into bad habits and allowed León to come back from a 2-0 deficit to draw level late in the match. Monterrey were plagued in the Apertura by late goals, as the team were often guilty of scoring early and never putting the final touches to put the game to rest, always seeming to coast once they’d gotten the lead.
2019— Absalon Rayado (@absalon78) January 17, 2019
1) Ap18 - Ponchito - Ruptura ligamentos cruzados
2) Ap18 - Pizarro - Lesión muscular ingle
3) Pretemp - Basanta - “Problema” muscular
4) Pretemp - Eric Cantu - Sobrecarga muscular
5) J1 - Celso - Malestar estomacal
6) J2 - Bareiro - Distensión ligamento colateral
The other theme from the Apertura for Monterrey is the number of injuries that the club has suffered. So far this season, captain Jose Maria Basanta has yet to make an appearance, as well as big summer signing Rodolfo Pizarro. Cesar Montes has played well in Basanta’s absence, and while Pizarro has been out, Avilés Hurtado and Dorlan Pabón have been their usual consistent selves and played fairly well.
Along with Rogelio Funes Mori being healthy and looking good in the first two matches, Carlos Rodriguez and Jonathan Gonzalez have been a great partnership in the central midfield for Monterrey, with Rodriguez putting on a masterclass in midfield against Pachuca in the emphatic 5-0 win.
Perhaps the first away match for Monterrey of the Clausura will give a chance for Maximiliano Meza to get into the starting XI for the first time. Meza is another high-profile signing for Monterrey, joining from Independiente in Argentina, and he will surely crack the starting lineup soon. He is an Argentina international and has looked good in the few chances he’s got this season, and after a disappointing end to the match against León, perhaps manager Diego Alonso will be looking to shake things up a little bit.
Monterrey will have a slight advantage going into the match, as they are not playing in the Copa MX due to Concacaf Champions League obligations, while Querétaro are coming off of a midweek 3-1 loss to Dorados. Perhaps the extra rest will give Monterrey a chance to get a good start against los Gallos Blancos.