Club America: 5-3-2
Aguilar – Valdez – Alvarez – Aguilera – Sanchez
Renato – Rodriguez – Uribe
Peralta – Martinez
Piojo came into Toluca using this 5-3-2. He was clearly not happy with Cecilio Dominguez, taking him off in the first half for Diego Lainez, so I don’t think he’ll start in this one. Lainez didn’t exactly impress in the role he was given, either, though, so I expect we’ll see the more veteran presence of Renato Ibarra. Roger Martinez looked good up front, despite not scoring, so he’ll get the nod again in the 2nd leg.
Salinas – González – Tobio – Borja
Quinones – Rios – da Silva – Sambueza
Mendoza – Vega
They need to score. They need to win. A draw that doesn’t involve them scoring three goals does them no good. Vega and Mendoza looked great in the 2nd half of the first match, and so it will be interesting to see if Mendoza gets the start over Pablo Barrientos.
Again, it will come down to how aggressive each team is willing to be. America has the advantage of being at home and holding the tie-breaker of away goals, currently. Toluca, on the other hand, showed a willingness to open themselves up to pressure America.