Puebla journey to Estadio Victoria on Saturday for the Liga MX (Apertura) game with home side Necaxa.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Necaxa v Puebla are shown on this page - plus the latest match odds.
Necaxa will be hoping to bounce back here after a 1-2 Liga MX (Apertura) defeat in their last game at the hands of CD Guadalajara.
The only name on the scoresheet from Necaxa was Ian González (65'). Uriel Antuna (67') and Alexis Vega (94') scored for CD Guadalajara.
It has been seldom in recent times where Necaxa have kept a clean sheet. The reality is that Lightning Bolts have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 11 goals on the way. We will just have to find out if that trend can be continued on in this game.
Going into this contest, Necaxa haven’t won at home in the past 2 league games.
Since a loss in their previous game against FC Juárez in Liga MX (Apertura) action, Puebla and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
Dario Lezcano (7') was the scorer for FC Juárez.
The stats don’t lie, and Puebla have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 11 goals overall. In defence, Los Camoteros have seen their frailties exposed.
Pre-game facts show that Puebla:
- have not emerged victorious against Necaxa in games played away from home for the previous 7 matches in the league. Not good.
- have not won away from home in their last 4 league matches.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head-to-head clashes going back to 17/09/2017 shows that Necaxa have won 2 of these games and Puebla 1, with the tally of drawn games being 3.
A combined total of 18 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 10 of them for Lightning Bolts and 8 netted by Los Camoteros. The average goals per game has been 3.
The previous league contest featuring the two was Liga MX (Clausura) match day 4 on 01/02/2020 when the final score was Necaxa 2-0 Puebla.
That day, Necaxa managed 40% possession and 6 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. Goals were scored by Mauro Quiroga (45') and Chávez (60').
On the other side, Puebla got 13 shots at goal with 3 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Luis Santander.
Team News: Necaxa
Necaxa boss José Guadalupe Cruz has zero fitness concerns at all coming into this match with a completely injury-free squad available to choose from.
It’s our opinion that Lightning Bolts could employ a 3-4-3 system for this game, handing starts to Sebastian Fassi, Ricardo Chávez, Unai Bilbao, Idekel Domínguez, Fernando Arce, Claudio Baeza, David Cabrera, Julio González, Alejandro Zendejas, Maximiliano Salas and Ian González.
Team News: Puebla
Owing to a completely injury-free squad available to choose from, Puebla boss Juan Reynoso does not have any fitness worries to speak of before this clash. Nicolás Vikonis is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
We reckon that Los Camoteros seem likely to play in a 4-4-2 system by sending out Jesús Iván Rodríguez, Brayan Angulo, Maximiliano Perg, Emanuel Gularte, Alejandro Chumacero, Pablo Gonzalez, Daniel Aguilar, Salvador Reyes, Omar Fernández, Cristian Tabo and Bernardo Cuesta.
Here is a game where Puebla will have to work hard as a team to be putting a goal past this Necaxa side who we reckon should score at least once to put them ahead.
We’re therefore seeing a 1-0 victory for Necaxa at the end of this one.
Should be a close one.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Victoria (23,851)
Chairman: Ernesto Tinajero
Manager: José Guadalupe Cruz
Competitions: Liga MX (Apertura) position 18
🔑 Key Man: Lucas Passerini
Customarily taking up the Striker position, Lucas Passerini was born in Formosa, Argentina. After having played his first senior match for Quilmes in the 2014 season, the dangerous Forward has scored a sum of 2 league goals in this Liga MX (Apertura) 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 8 appearances.