Bryce Dunn –
Monterrey blew everyone away on Liga MX matchday 4 when they beat the current champions Chivas, and on matchday 5 they continued their rich vein of form away to Leon. They have now won four and drew one, lost 0 scoring ten and conceding two. Is this their year? Let’s look at the stats. In this feature, we look at some of the standout Liga MX matchday 5 statistics.
Liga MX Matchday 5 – What Stands out After the First Five Matches?
Only three sides, Toluca, Cruz Azul and Monterrey, remain unbeaten in the Apertura. Let us discuss the latter two. While Monterrey have made many key signings, we did not expect Cruz Azul to be at the top of this chart—especially when we look at their stats from the last seasons. Let us take a look a look Monterrey first. They have had a great start but how does this size up after five games compared to the previous two campaigns?
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After the first five games in the Clausura, they were also unbeaten but had only recorded one win. On this occasion, they have turned the routine draws into wins and significantly outscoring the opponent all while managing to keep three clean sheets. Monterrey may, in fact, be the early favourites to win the title during this Apertura.
One final Liga MX matchday 5 statistic note on Monterrey:
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The other unbeaten side has somewhat surprised us. Cruz Azul have been poor in recent times that some would suggest that they are not part of the ‘big four’ anymore and their poor Clausura campaign made the butt of jokes among many Liga MX fans. Though this year their fortunes have changed.
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As you can see from the stats in this year compared to the last two campaign’s Cruz Azul, have doubled their points by turning defeats into victories—interestingly though they have not improved their defence, though their backline was never the main issue anyhow. Instead, the club’s biggest problem has been scoring goals
Liga MX Matchday 5 – What is Going on With Chivas?
Last year’s Clausura champions Deportivo Guadalajara, better known as Chivas, have had a poor start to the campaign. It may be too early to rule out Matías Almeyda and his men but the club’s poor start to the season is a concern and will be the main talking point on this week’s Golazo Podcast.
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This poor start has to be a concern for Almedya and his men. In the final six games of last season’s Clausura they earned 11 points from a possible 18, and if things do not change soon, they may require a better finish than this to reach the Liguilla.
Liga MX Matchday 5 – Most productive players
Enough about team statistics. Let us take a look at the players proving to be most effective in the league. What makes a player most effective? In an attacking sense, it will be goals, assists, key chances, dribbling and passing accuracy. In defensive term, it will be interceptions and duels won.
Eduardo Vargas (Tigres)
The Chilean has had a turn in fortunes this season as he has contributed to two goals and two assists already. It is not just his scoring rate that has been effective. However, he had an 87% overall pass completion rate. His value up front is especially highlighted by his 85% completed passes in the opposition half.
Lucas Zelarayan (Tigres)
The Argentine has two goals to his name but makes the passing ability of his teammate Vargas look less than impressive. He has a 98% has completion rate in his half, 84% in the opposition’s half and 94% for long balls. Zelarayan is a player that can make things happen.
Eduardo Tercero (Lobos BUAP)
Tercero has featured in three of Lubos’ matches since being promoted, and the 21-year-old Mexican has impressed in two areas. Tackles and also interceptions per game (from players in two games or more) coming in at first and 15th in the league. The Werewolves will want this type of form and hard work to continue if they are to stay in the top flight.
Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca)
Since returning to the Pachuca line up captain, Gutierrez has contributed to the side returning to winning way. Three losses in their first three games, and now two wins in a row highlight Gutierrez’s importance to the squad. In the 2-1 victory over Tigres, he had an 85% pass rate, one shot which tested the keeper and three dribble attempts that were all successful. These stats were very similar to the once against Morelia. There he had an 87% pass accuracy rate, three shots with two on target and two successful dribble attempts. Pachuca may have started the season poorly, but with this 22-year-old Mexican in the starting eleven the nightmares have turned to dreams.
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.