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Match preview: Santos Laguna vs. Club Atlético de San Luis

Santos looks to keep their new home unbeaten streak alive while San Luis needs points to stay in the Liguilla hunt.

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Santos Laguna v Pachuca - Torneo Guard1anes 2020 Liga MX Photo by Manuel Guadarrama/Getty Images

Game: Club Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V. vs. Club Atlético de San Luis

Date: Sunday, October 25th

Time: 9:06 p.m. Eastern, 8:06 p.m. Central, 6:06 p.m. Pacific, 12:06 a.m. UTC

Venue: Estadio Corona TSM (Torreón, Coah.)

Referees: REF: Eduardo Galvan Basulto, AR1: Miguel Ángel Hernández Paredes, AR2: Cesar Cerritos García, 4TH: Juan Andres Esquivel Gonzalez, VAR: Juan Joel Rangel Maya, AVAR: Igor Itzsvan Flores Florian

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All-time record: This will be just the second time San Luis and Santos have met in Liga MX play, with Santos winning the previous meeting 3-2 back on September 21, 2019 in San Luis Potosí. Santos got goals from Julio Furch, Adrián Lozano, and Brian Lozano while Atleti got goals from Nicolás Ibañez and Ian González. They have met four times before in Copa MX play, with each team winning once and the teams drawing twice.

Santos Laguna v Pachuca - Torneo Guard1anes 2020 Liga MX
Julio Furch now has three goals on the season after converting a penalty last week against Pachuca.
Photo by Manuel Guadarrama/Getty Images

Santos Laguna (5W 4D 5L) will play their third straight match at Estadio Corona when they host Atlético San Luis (3W 2D 9L) this evening. Santos has gone unbeaten in their past four after losing two straight and ending their 26-game unbeaten streak at Territorio Santos Modelo against Pumas (7W 6D 1L) back on September 9.

Santos has been playing confident soccer over the past four games, looking solid both defensively and offensively. Julio Furch notched his third goal of the season last time out against Pachuca (5W 6D 3L), however to be fair he still has yet to score from the run of play this season. The rest of the team has picked up most of the slack lately, and the scoring-by-committee approach seems to be working. On the defensive side of the ball, Carlos Acevedo continues to impress in goal while Matheus Dória and Hugo Rodríguez anchor the rest of the back line.

Atletico San Luis v Queretaro - Torneo Guard1anes 2020 Liga MX
Germán Berterame leads Club Atlético de San Luis with four goals on the season.
Photo by Cesar Gomez/Jam Media/Getty Images

Santos can’t take Atleti lightly however. Even though they’re in last place they’re still alive in the Liguilla race, just three points behind 12th place FC Juárez (3W 5D 6L) for 12th place. Germán Berterame has four goals on the season, and Pablo Barrera, Nicolás Ibañez, and Mauro Quiroga can all score. With that arsenal up front, Santos can’t afford to get into a shootout with this team.

The good news for the home side is that San Luis only has 15 goals so far this season. While the talent is there, it hasn’t come together in a meaningful way too often this season. Contrast that with the 27 goals surrendered by Atleti, which is worst in the league. If Santos is going to break out of a scoring slump, this is the team to do it against.

Santos is well coached enough to avoid trap games, and this should definitely be considered a trap game. If Santos plays their game, they should be able to continue their (new) home unbeaten streak. Atleti will be playing desperate soccer however, and that can be dangerous.