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The Liga MX (Apertura) fixture at Estadio Victoria on Saturday will see home side Necaxa do battle with opponents Santos Laguna.
To see all of our predictions, user poll & stats for Necaxa v Santos Laguna, scroll down (plus the best game odds).
Necaxa will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 1-5 Liga MX (Clausura) loss in their previous game against Atlas.
In that game, Necaxa managed 39% possession and 7 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Necaxa was Juan Delgado (2'). On the other side, Atlas got 18 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Jonathan Herrera (23', 47'), Jairo Torres (45'), Aldo Rocha (88') and Julio César Furch (93') scored for Atlas.
Necaxa have not been in good attacking form in recent times. Their ‘goals for’ figure equals just 3 against opponents during the course of their previous six matches. In those meetings, Lightning Bolts have also seen the number of goals scored against them total 9.
Last time out, Santos Laguna drew 1-1 in the Primera (Clausura) Liguilla tie with Cruz Azul.
In that match, Santos Laguna had 65% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 1 on target. The scorer for Santos Laguna was Diego Valdés (37'). Cruz Azul had 10 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Jonathan Rodríguez (51') scored for Cruz Azul.
Looking at their form, and Santos Laguna have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 5 goals in total. At the back, Guerreros just haven’t been too solid at all. Nevertheless, we’ll just have to find out whether that pattern might be replicated in this game.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head meetings dating back to 30/09/2018, neither club has come out on top overall with Necaxa winning 3 of those games, Santos Laguna 3 and 0 being draws in normal time.
A combined sum of 17 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 9 for Lightning Bolts and 8 for Guerreros. The average goals per game has been 2.83.
The previous league fixture between the two was Liga MX (Clausura) match day 10 on 08/03/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Santos Laguna 3-1 Necaxa.
On that day, Santos Laguna had 54% possession and 18 shots on goal with 7 on target. Goals were scored by Santiago Muñóz (37'), Juan Ferney Otero (53') and Fernando Gorriarán (92').
Necaxa got 7 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Daniel López (78') was the scorer.
The referee was Erick Yair Miranda Galindo.
Team News: Necaxa
Regarding absentees, there’s just the lone fitness concern for the Necaxa boss Guillermo Vázquez to be concerned about thanks to an otherwise robust set of players. Agustín Oliveros (Unknown Injury) is out of contention.
Team News: Santos Laguna
Thanks to a largely full-strength group of players, there’s only the sole fitness problem for the Santos Laguna gaffer Guillermo Almada to be concerned with. Brian Lozano (Tibia and Fibula Fracture) misses out for this game.
When taking everything into account, Necaxa may find it difficult to be putting a goal past this Santos Laguna side who we think should just have the edge.
We’ve gone for a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 0-1 winning margin for Santos Laguna when the referee blows for full-time.
Should be an interesting one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Victoria (23,851)
Chairman: Ernesto Tinajero
Manager: Guillermo Vázquez
⭐ Key Man: Alejandro Zendejas
Generally deployed in the Centre Midfield position, Alejandro Zendejas was born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Having made his senior debut playing for FC Dallas in the 2015 season, the accomplished Midfielder has managed 2 league goals in this Liga MX (Clausura) 2020 - 2021 season so far in 17 appearances.