Monterrey will be hoping for another big win at Veracruz after soundly dispatching Santos last weekend.
Coming off two big wins – against Sporting Kansas City in the Concacaf Champions League and vs Santos Laguna in Liga MX – Monterrey look to continue their resurgent run of form when they visit Veracruz Friday night.
Veracruz will not be looking forward to this game as they are likely to receive their 5th consecutive loss. On a disastrous run of form, their last game ended in a 9-2 thrashing at the hands of Pachuca last weekend.
Monterrey fans will be forgiven if they believe this game is as good as won already when considering their team’s form against that of Veracruz.
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Monterrey 4, Santos Laguna 0
A resounding and much needed victory for the home side. It’s clear that their CCL exploits gave them the belief and confidence to put Santos to the sword. It’s also likely that Santos’ own elimination from the CCL in the semifinals had them in the dumps heading into Estadio BBVA Bancomer. But the plaudits must go to Monterrey who are starting to show signs that their luck has changed for the better.
Pachuca 9, Veracruz 2
Undeniably one of the heaviest defeats in Liga MX history, Pachuca showed their visitors no mercy whatsoever and gave us the clearest sign as to who the worst team in the league are at this moment in time. Veracruz is on a terrible run of form in the league, having lost their previous 4 games in a row conceding 14 goals. With Monterrey’s attacking players finally returning to good form, Veracruz fans can expect another heavy loss this weekend.
Monterrey: Having bagged himself a hat trick against Santos last weekend, the obvious key player for Monterrey right now is Rogelio Funes Mori. He will surely be salivating at this very moment at the prospect of another hat trick against such a poor defensive side in Veracruz. Rodolfo Pizarro also scored against Santos and is looking almost back to his best and will also undoubtedly cause havoc for Veracruz’s defense.
Veracruz: It is difficult to pick a key player for Veracruz at the moment with the attacking players performing just as terribly as the defensive players. I would have to say the entire team must become the key player for this club at this moment in time. If each and everyone of them plays with their heart and soul, then perhaps, just maybe, they can achieve an unlikely draw.
Arguably one of the most easiest predictions I will ever have to do. I along with everyone else on the planet, can only see one result for this game. The only question is how many goals will Veracruz allow. With Monterrey returning to good form after a shaky patch, and with Veracruz on such a terrible run, I am confident of Monterrey winning.