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Monterrey will be visiting Estadio Olímpico Universitario on Thursday for the Liga MX (Apertura) fixture with hosts Universidad Nacional.
View all of the Universidad Nacional v Monterrey predictions, poll and stats below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Universidad Nacional enter this fixture after a 1-1 Liga MX (Apertura) drawn result versus FC Juárez.
In that match, Universidad Nacional managed 68% possession and 24 shots at goal with 4 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Universidad Nacional was Carlos González (54'). On the other side, FC Juárez got 6 attempts at goal with 2 on target. Maximiliano Olivera (66') was the scorer for FC Juárez.
Pumas have been conceding pretty frequently recently, although they have also found ways to hit the back of the net themselves. Over their last 6 matches, Pumas have conceded in 6 of them while also scoring in 5 of those matches. We shall soon find out if that trend will end up being sustained in this game.
Ahead of this meeting, Universidad Nacional haven't been defeated in their previous 3 home league matches.
In the game prior to this, Monterrey drew 2-2 in the Liga MX (Apertura) tie with Santos Laguna.
In that game, Monterrey managed 55% possession and 27 attempts at goal with 9 of them on target. For Monterrey, the scorers were Nicolás Sánchez (9', 76' Own goal) and Daniel Parra (90'). For their opponents, Santos Laguna got 14 shots at goal with 7 on target. Julio César Furch (24') scored for Santos Laguna.
The stats tell the story, and Monterrey have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 9 goals in all. In defence, Los Rayados can certainly do much better.
Their prior results show that Monterrey:
- have not beaten Universidad Nacional in away games against them for the last 2 matches in the league.
- haven’t won away from home in the past 6 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking at their past head to head meetings dating back to 22/10/2017 tells us that Universidad Nacional have won 1 of these games & Monterrey 4, with the number of drawn results being 1.
10 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 3 of them for Pumas and 7 created by Los Rayados. That’s an average goals per game figure of 1.67.
The previous league fixture between these sides was Liga MX (Clausura) match day 3 on 26/01/2020 which ended up with the score at Universidad Nacional 1-0 Monterrey.
On that occasion, Universidad Nacional managed 61% possession and 24 shots on goal with 6 on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Juan Pablo Vigón (76').
Monterrey got 7 attempts on goal with 3 on target.
The referee was Fernando Hernández Gómez.
Team News: Universidad Nacional
Universidad Nacional boss Andres Lillini has zero fitness worries whatsoever coming into this game thanks to a fully injury-free group available to select from.
Team News: Monterrey
Owing to an otherwise full-strength group of players, there’s just a single fitness issue for the Monterrey boss Antonio Mohamed to contend with. César Montes (Adductor problems) won’t be in action.
We’re inclined to think that Universidad Nacional could well find it tough to register a score against this Monterrey side who will likely get the win and a maybe even keep a clean sheet as well.
We therefore see a very even match with a 0-1 advantage for Monterrey at the end of this one.
A close call.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Universitario (72,000)
Captain: Andrés Iniestra
Chairman: Leopoldo Silva
Manager: Andres Lillini
Competitions: Liga MX (Apertura) position 2
⭐ Key Player: Juan Ignacio Dinenno
Mostly used in the Striker position, Juan Ignacio Dinenno was born in Argentina. Having made a first senior appearance for Racing Club in the 2013 - 2014 season, the dangerous Forward has accumulated 4 league goals in this Liga MX (Clausura) 2019 - 2020 season so far in 8 appearances.