Game: Monarcas Morelia v CF Monterrey
Date: Friday, August 9th, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM EDT, 7:00 PM CDT, 5:00 PM PDT
Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe, Greater Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
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Monterrey went into last weekend’s match against Club León needing a win to drag themselves out of the mire of a two-loss start to the Apertura 2019. And win they did, despite going down by two goals in the first half. Los Rayados went on to score three unanswered goals at home and pick up an important win.
It wasn’t a surprise to see that the resurgence at home involved Rogelio Funes Mori, as the club has appeared to rely on him to produce moments of brilliance in order to win matches over the past few seasons. All of that might have changed, Monterrey made a big splash, getting former Tottenham Hotspur forward Vincent Jansson last month. Jansson is closing in on getting ready to play for the first team. so the question is when will the latest European import put on the kit for Monterrey?
This weekend’s match against Monarcas Morelia, could be the one that he makes an appearance in, but it’s more likely that he will come on as a second half sub rather than immediately get a start. It’s also possible that manager Diego Alonso might have Janssen wait until the home game against Deportivo Toluca on August 17th to make his debut. Either way, it’s getting closer and fans of Los Rayados are itching to see him get on the pitch.
Monterrey was scheduled to have a Copa MX match during the midweek against Cafetaleros de Chiapas in Tuxtla Gutierrez, and while the match started, it was postponed due to weather, meaning that the team will have to do it all over again later this month.
Monarcas, on the other hand, picked up their first two wins in the past seven days, beating Pachuca on the road last Saturday and beating Puebla at home in the Copa MX on Tuesday night.
Monarcas and Monterrey enter this match level on points, although both sit outside of the Liguilla places in 10th and 11th place in the Liga MX table. Peru international winger Edison Flores leads the attack for Monarcas with a goal and an assist so far on the season. Morelia also have veterans such as Argentine Gastón Lezcano and Luis Mendoza in attack.
Monterrey will need to pick up a win away from the BBVA Bancomer to get back into the mix for a Liguilla spot and to keep the pressure off of manager Diego Alonso. After this match, Monterrey have four of their next six matches at home, and only travel to Torreón to face off against Santos Laguna and to Ciudad Juarez to face FC Juarez, so even those two trips will be fairly short. Monterrey will also only play one team that qualified for the Clausura 2019 Liguilla, Necaxa, in this stretch as well, meaning that Los Rayados will need to start a good run this weekend to make a surge up the table into the a spot in the Liguilla that would correspond with the amount of talent and money spent on this squad.
This should be an interesting game, and it will go a long way towards determining if Monterrey can make a move up the table or if they will continue to perform below expectations.