Leon vs America – Wednesday, September 27, 17:06PT/19:06 ET – Estadio León, León, Mexico.
After the earthquake that occurred in Mexico City last week, it was no surprise that the Copa MX and following Liga MX fixtures were postponed until a later date. But as the famous saying goes, the show must go on, and with that futbol resumes this Tuesday and Wednesday. The most exciting of this upcoming matchday is taking place at the Estadio León where they welcome the most supported side in the league, Club América.
After a poor Clausura, in which León finished 14th, and a slow start to the Apertura the León board reacted by sacking Argentine head coach Javier Torrente. His successful start to life at León seen him use an exciting high press tactic, but eventually the victories ground to a halt. Some suggested the heat and pace of the game in Mexico was too demanding on the players. Whether this was the case, we may never know, but one thing we do know is that results have improved since the appointment of coach Gustavo Diaz Dominguez with two wins in two.
The last two Liga MX fixtures have seen León beat Queretaro away and Pachuca at home and efficiency has been the reason they have been successful. With Torrente at the helm, they created numerous chances, often more than their opponent but failed to capitalise. Since the coach replacement, their opponents have outnumbered them in shots but been on the receiving end of a defeat.
Conceding goals seem to be a problem that have not been fully eradicated with 14 conceded in nine games, but with the help of hitman Mauro Boselli, there have been an equal amount of goals. Do not expect to see a goalless affair when León are involved.
Club América were also slow off the blocks this campaign. A loss to Queretaro in the Supercopa MX followed by a repeat defeat to the same club in the Apertura opener had many labelling this year as a transitional period especially as they were welcoming back head coach Miguel Herrera. Since then their fortunes have changed, and in true Herrera fashion, he has managed to get the best out of his side as they soared up to second.
Unlike their opponents, goalscoring duties have been shared amongst their attack with Peralta and Dominguez on three goals and even the more erratic Romero gathering two. Carlos Darwin Quintero has been as lively as ever with more successful dribbles than anyone else in the league and with Guido Rodriguez, and Augustin Marchesin Las Águilas have a strong spine.
Club América are currently four points above León in the table, but they’ve failed to record an away victory against Los Panzas Verdes since 2014 and only won once in their last five attempts away from home. Also with the confidence-building under new man Dominguez, this could be one of Herrera’s toughest games since his return.
Leon vs America – Players to Watch:
Mauro Boselli #17 – León
Argentine Mauro Boselli is currently the highest scorer in the Liga MX Apertura, and after 19 in 32 games in the last two campaigns, he is an obvious player to highlight. The former Wigan striker has always been an outlet for goals for León but this season he has almost matched his assist tally of the last year and in a third of the games meaning at the age of 32 years old he still has plenty to offer apart from his clinical right foot.
Carlos Darwin Quintero #31 – Club América
As mentioned previously there have been many positive players to highlight for Club América, but the exciting dribbling from Colombian Quintero is hard to look beyond. The 30-year-old has not just recorded more successful dribbles than the rest of the league but also created more big chances for his side and assists than anyone else. With a game that promises goals, Carlos will likely be involved to some extent.
Leon vs America – Match Stats
- León have won both of their last Liga MX games.
- León are currently unbeaten in three in all competitions
- León has only won once at home in the Apertura (W1 D1 L3)
- León has not lost to Club América at home since July 2014
- León, last Championship win, was Invierno 1997
- Club América have only won one of their last four Liga MX fixtures
- Club América has been the best team away from home this campaign (W3 D1 L1)
- Club América have the 2nd defensive record in the league
- Club América last Championship win was the Apertura 2014
Futbolgrad Prediction: Leon vs America 3-2
Leon vs America – Possible Lineups
Yarnbrough – O.Rodriguez, Gonzalez, Novaretti, Mosquera – Andrade, J.Rodriguez, Mejia, Hernández – Boselli, Montes
Coach: Gustavo Diaz Dominguez
Marchesin – Paul Aguilar, Pablo Aguilar, Álvarez, Vargas – De Silva, Rodriguez, Quintero – Dominguez, Peralta, Romero
Coach: Miguel Herrera
Bryce Dunn is a Northern Irish football writer and Podcaster. Bryce hosts the popular Bundesliga – Gegenpressing Podcast, which is the most in-depth English-speaking Bundesliga Podcast available and Golazo an English-speaking Podcast covering Mexico’s Liga MX on the Futbolgrad Network. He is an avid Liverpool FC supporter, who enjoys researching German and Mexican football clubs whether they are part of the elite or the lower divisions. Follow Bryce on Twitter @BryceDunn11.