Game: Club Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V. vs. Querétaro Fútbol Club
Date: Sunday, April 21st
Time: 7:06 p.m. Eastern, 6:06 p.m. Central, 4:06 p.m. Pacific, 11:06 p.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Corona TSM (Torreón, Coah.)
Referees: REF: Francisco Chacón Gutiérrez, AR1: Michel Alejandro Morales Morales, AR2: Jose de Jesus Baños Caballero, 4TH: Luis Daniel Chavez Leon
Santos Laguna (4W 4D 6L) has seen their fortunes fall lately, however a home match against Querétaro (2W 2D 10L) could be just the thing to resurrect their Liguilla hopes this Easter Sunday. New manager Guillermo Almada will get his first match at the helm, and the “Uruguayan Guardiola” will get to test himself and his club against a team that has lost ten of their fourteen games this season.
Santos has been struggling as of late, however they’ve compiled a 3W 2D 1L record at Estadio Corona TSM this season and outscored opponents 8-3 at home. While Santos forward corps of Julio Furch, Javier Correa, Eduardo “Lalo” Aguirre, and Ayrton Preciado have a combined 10 goals on the season, this could be the place to see a resurgance and the team to see it against.
Querétaro have allowed a staggering 26 goals on the season, giving up 16 of those away from home. Goalkeepers Nicolás Navarro (2.0 goals against average) and Gil Alcalá (1.43 goals against average) have split the duties, with Alcalá getting the starts since Navarro gave up four against Tigres UANL (10W 2D 2L) back in Week 11.
Querétaro has also struggled to score, with forward Camilo Sanvezzo being limited to just four goals on the season. As dire as that is, Camilo’s four goals account for half of the goals Querétaro has scored in 2019. 21 year old Ivorian forward Aké Loba is a promising player and has taken advantage of the playing opportunities he’s been given, scoring two goals in 714 minutes.
It will be interesting to see who Almada gives the nod to and how different Santos will look when compared to the previous versions under Robert Dante Siboldi, Salvador Reyes, and Ruben Duarte. Querétaro shouldn’t be underestimated, however they could prove to be a good team to debut against and get a taste of how the Mexican game is played.