Santos Laguna journey to Estadio Nemesio Díez on Sunday for the Liga MX (Apertura) showdown with hosts Toluca.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Toluca v Santos Laguna are shown below (including the best match odds).
Toluca will play in this game following a 1-1 Liga MX (Apertura) stalemate versus Club América.
The only name on the scoresheet from Toluca was Brandon Sartiaguin (29'). Federico Viñas (19') was the scorer for Club América.
It’s not been often in recent games that Toluca haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that Los Diablos Rojos have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 games, leaking 12 goals in the process.
Coming into this contest, Toluca have not emerged victorious against Santos Laguna in their last 2 league matches.
Following on from being defeated in their last game at the hands of Tigres de la UANL in Liga MX (Apertura) action, Santos Laguna and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
The only scorer from Santos Laguna was Carlos Acevedo (14' Own goal). Nicolás López (94') scored for Tigres de la UANL.
Looking at their form, and Santos Laguna have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 8 goals in all. In defence, Guerreros have seen their frailties exposed. That sort of trend might not be carried forward here, however.
A look at their previous results shows us that Santos Laguna:
- have not beaten Toluca when having played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
- have not won away from home in their last 7 league matches.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head meetings going back to 18/02/2018, there is nothing to separate the two clubs with Toluca winning 2 of those games, Santos Laguna 2 and 2 being draws in regulation time.
In all, 18 goals were produced between them in this period, with 8 for Los Diablos Rojos and 10 belonging to Guerreros. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.
The last league clash featuring these sides was Liga MX (Apertura) match day 19 on 24/11/2019 when it ended Toluca 2-2 Santos Laguna.
That day, Toluca had 42% possession and 11 shots at goal with 2 on target. The goals were scored by Emmanuel Gigliotti (16') and Willian (30').
For their opponents, Santos Laguna had 16 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Diego Valdés (10') and Edgar Games (37') scored.
The referee was Fernando Hernández Gómez.
Team News: Toluca
Toluca manager José de la Torre doesn’t have any fitness concerns to speak of before this game thanks to a fully injury-free squad available to select from.
Team News: Santos Laguna
Out of a mainly full-strength group of players, there’s only the lone fitness issue for the Santos Laguna boss Guillermo Almada to be concerned about. Brian Lozano (Tibia and Fibula Fracture) misses out for this game.
Our assessment here is that Santos Laguna might have a difficult job to score goals against this Toluca side who should win and very possibly keep a clean sheet.
We’re therefore expecting a good tussle with a 1-0 advantage for Toluca at full-time.
Let’s see what happens.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Nemesio Díez (25,744)
Captain: Antonio Ríos
Chairman: Francisco Suinaga
Manager: José de la Torre
Competitions: Liga MX (Apertura) position 10
🔑 Star Player: Alexis Canelo
Regularly taking to the field in the Striker position, Alexis Canelo was born in Tucumán, Argentina. Having played his first senior match for Quilmes in the 2015 season, the gifted Forward has netted 5 league goals in this Liga MX (Apertura) 2020 - 2021 season so far in a total of 7 appearances.