Game: CF Monterrey v Club León
Date: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
Time: 10:06 PM EDT, 9:06 PM CDT, 7:06 PM PDT
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe, Greater Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
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Los Rayados are back at home looking to try and get their first win the Apertura after two straight losses on the road to begin the season. The opening weekend loss to Club América, while not unexpected, was a tad disappointing. The loss to Liga MX newcomers Atlético San Luis, however, was bad.
Monterrey did get a decent win at home over Leones Negros in the Copa MX, but they will need to win tonight to get their season back on track. Diego Alonso has never been fully accepted by all of the fanbase at the BBVA Bancomer, and a third straight loss to start the season might cause open revolution in the stands.
Stefan Medina will be out a week which means he will miss the match against Léon with a left hip bruise. Meanwhile a grade two biceps injury will keep Avilés Hurtado our for three weeks ♂️ https://t.co/rTfqSax25Z— Rayados90 (@rayadosninety) August 3, 2019
If Monterrey are to get a win, they’ll have to do it without the services of both Stefan Medina and Avilés Hurtado. Both of them are injured, and while Medina’s injury doesn’t look very serious, Hurtado’s injury will reportedly keep him out for at least three weeks.
With Medina out, César Montes will probably start alongside Nico Sanchez in central defense, and Miguel Layún will play as the right back. Jesús Gallardo will probably get the start at left back, with Charly Rodriguez and Celso Ortiz in central midfield.
Rogelio Funes Mori will almost certainly get the start at striker, with some combination of Maxi Meza, Rodolfo Pizarro, and Dorlan Pabón playing behind him as attacking midfielders or wingers.
León were one of the best teams of the Clausura 2019, and they went all the way to the Liguilla final, losing against UANL Tigres. They’ve already picked up a win and a draw this season, and they’ll be looking to get a win to continue their momentum.
This will be a difficult match for Monterrey, and anything less than a win will not sit very well. If Alonso is going to have a successful season, and ultimately keep his job, Los Rayados will have to go on a good streak starting tonight.