Game: Club de Fútbol Monterrey v Club Deportivo Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz
Date: Friday, April 19th
Time: 9:00 p.m. Eastern, 8:00 p.m. Central, 6:30 p.m. Pacific, 1:30 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Luis “Pirata” de la Fuente, Boca del Rio, Veracruz
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19 de Abril
⏰ 20:00 horas
Estadio Luis 'Pirata' Fuente
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Life has not been easy for Veracruz over the past few weeks. First, they were officially relegated after they failed to reach enough points in the Clausura 2019 to avoid being in last place in the relegation table in Liga MX. If that wasn’t bad enough, they were punished by Liga MX on behalf of FIFA, and their point total was reduced to zero. And that was just off the pitch.
On the pitch hasn’t been much better for Los Tiburones Rojos as the team lost at Estadio Hidalgo to Pachuca by a 9-2 scoreline and their manager is now gone as well. This team is now playing for pride and pride alone, but at this point it seems like the whole team would just rather be done with the season, but instead they host a Monterrey team looking to get a second Liga MX win in a row after a fanastic victory over Santos Laguna last Sunday.
Despite the bad loss at Toluca, Monterrey has been flying high as of late, advancing to the Concacaf Champions League final against cross-town rivals Tigres UANL after defeating Sporting KC 10-2 on aggregate in the semifinals of the CCL.
Monterrey is looking to solidify their position in the Liga MX table with an eye on the upcoming Liguilla, as well as get ready for another “international” final against Tigres. Expect to see some rotation and some players who haven’t seen the pitch very much get a chance to play against Veracruz, as the team needs to rest players like Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón, and Avilés Hurtado in the run-up to the first leg of the CCL finals set to be played next Tuesday.
Even with a rotated side, Monterrey should have enough firepower to easily get past a Veracruz team who look completely disinterested. While an eye-popping scoreline like last week against Pachuca may not be as likely, it would be a rather shocking upset for Monterrey to do anything other than easily pick up three points.