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Monterrey vs. Santos Laguna: Preview, TV Schedule, and How to Watch Liga MX Online

The final match of Week 14 will have huge implications for the Liguilla.

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Monterrey v Alianza - CONCACAF Champions League 2019 Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images

Game: Club de Fútbol Monterrey vs. Club Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V.

Date: Sunday, April 14th

Time: 9:30 p.m. Eastern, 8:30 p.m. Central, 6:30 p.m. Pacific, 1:30 a.m. UTC

Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer (Guadalupe, N.L.)

Referees: REF: Luis Enrique Santander Aguirre, AR1: Miguel Ángel Hernández Paredes, AR2: Telly Salvador Saldivar Guzman, 4TH: Jorge Antonio Pérez Durán

Television: United States - Fox Sports 1, FOX Deportes Network, Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Florida; Mexico - Fox Sports 2 Cono Norte

Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription), Sling TV (Free trial + monthly subscription), FOX Sports GO,

Monterrey v Cruz Azul - Torneo Clausura 2019 LIga MX
Monterrey has been lethal at home, going unbeaten in 2019.
Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images

It’s the match-up that could have decided who was the best team in North America. Instead it will likely only help determine where Monterrey (6W 5D 2L) finishes in the Liguilla race and whether Santos Laguna (4W 4D 5L) makes the Liguila at all. Monterrey has been dominant at home this season with a 3W 4D 0L record and a +10 goal differential at Estadio BBVA Bancomer. They also just finished dispatching Sporting Kansas City 10-2 on aggregate in the Concacaf Champions League Semifinal.

Rayados have been flawed at times however. Last week they lost 5-1 to a Toluca team that sits just one point above Santos in the standings. Pete Schlenker covers Monterrey for FMF State of Mind remarked that it has been “A little bit of Jeckyll and Hyde past two weeks, as they looked like world beaters against SKC and like they’d never played professional soccer in their lives in the 5-1 loss to Toluca.”

Gremio v Barcelona de Guayaquil - Copa Bridgestone Libertadores 2017 Semi-Finals
Guillermo “El Guardiola Uruguayo” Almada will be taking the reins at Santos Laguna, but it'll be up to Ruben Duarte and crew to face Rayados.
Photo by Lucas Uebel/Getty Images

Santos Laguna on the other hand was eliminated by Tigres UANL (9W 2D 2L) in the CCL Semifinal by a 5-3 aggregate. In their last Liga MX outing they fought to a 0-0 draw with Pachuca (6W 3D 4L) after going down a player in the 40th minute when Jesús Angulo picked up his second yellow card in seven minutes. Santos’ form away from home is just 1W 2D 4L, suggesting they ‘re in for a tough night in Nuevo León.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Los Guerreros announced the hiring of Guillermo Almada as their head coach on Thursday, and “the Uruguayan Guardiola” as he’s been called comes to Torreón having managed Tacuarembó and River Plate in his native Uruguay before moving to Barcelona SC in Ecuador. Almada has won championships with River and Barcelona as well as Uruguayan manager of the year in 2012 and 2015 and Ecuadoran manager of the year in 2016.

Almada won’t start his tenure until next season however, so it’s up to Ruben Duarte and the current staff to put together a plan to handle Monterrey. It’s not an easy ask, however if Mr. Hyde shows up at Estadio BBVA Bancomer it could be just the opening Santos needs to get back on track to make the Liguilla.

A previous version incorrectly stated that Guillermo Almada had already joined Santos Laguna.