Game: CF Monterrey v Club Leones Negros de la Universidad de Guadalajara
Date: Sunday, July 31st, 2019
Time: 10:00 PM EDT, 9:00 PM CDT, 7:00 PM PDT
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bamcomer
Monterrey will start their Copa MX campaign at homes against Leones Negros. Normally, you would expect Monterrey and the fans to not take this fixture very seriously, but with the dismal start of the season, this might actually be a “must-win” match for Monterrey.
Monterrey have lost their first two games of the season. One of the losses, to Club América at the Azteca, was expected and a little understandable. The loss to Atlético San Luis, however, was unexpected and extremely worrying. San Luis is back in Liga MX for the first time in six years and while their run in the Ascenso was impressive, simply avoiding relegation was probably the realistic goal for them this season. Losing to San Luis should be a wake-up call and increase pressure on manager Diego Alonso.
The Copa MX is going from a two-tournament competition this season to a single tournament to be played over both the Apertura and the Clausura. Monterrey is in a group with Leones Negros and Club de Fútbol Cafetaleros de Chiapas, making them the overwhelming favorite to advance. Monterrey should easily advance, with or without playing their first choice XI, but losing this match would further increase pressure, so don’t be surprised to see a few key players getting a start. At the very least, Jonathan Gonzalez and César Montes, who so far have not started, should get significant minutes.
Monterrey will also square off against Club León on the weekend, so don’t expect a complete first choice XI to play, as that game is far more important, but a good win tonight would do wonders for the team and the manager, so this will probably be taken seriously by Los Rayados.