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Santos Laguna vs Pachuca. They have managed some wins, but will need to win a miracle against Pachuca. The 13th placed side are not in the playoff spots yet, as they are behind Pumas UNAM on goal difference.
The last time Santos Laguna defeated Pachuca was back in 2017. They won 1-0 in the Clausura leg of that season thanks to Djaniny and their opponents going down to 10 men after Hirving Lozano was given marching orders for violent conduct.
However, Pachuca has not performed well in recent matches against Santos. In the ten previous meetings, they have only picked up four victories. There have been only three games in which there were more than two goals.
Things could change this time, considering the form of both sides. Pachuca has scored three goals in their seven Liga MX matches and is the only team that has won all five of its last five league games. As they go on a fairytale run, we expect this to be their sixth consecutive win.
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Santos Laguna Will Be Severe Underdogs As They Look To Break Into The Top 10
Early on, Santos Laguna was struggling this season and was just unable to get the wins. Although they were near the bottom of the table, their performance in five matches has seen them climb up.
Their elimination from CONCACAF Champions League by CF Montreal meant that they shifted their focus to the league. Three days following their defeat to the MLS team, Santos turned their pain into a dominating display against Cruz Azul, and won their first matchday win, a 2-1 victory. After just five minutes Harold Preciado scored, while Carlos Acevedo pulled off a remarkable save to stop Uriel Antuna of Azul from scoring. Jose Rivero scored in the second period to equalize.
The bottom side didn’t give up, and continued to attack Azul with counters. Diego Medina finally managed to get past the defense and slotted home the winner in the 94th minute of the game.
They carried this momentum to their next match against Pumas UNAM. Santos fought well despite going 1-0 down after 37 minutes via an Arturo Ortiz goal. They went into the break with a level score thanks to Leonel Lopez’s own goal.
A dramatic six minutes later, the momentum shifted quickly. Santos took the lead in the 73rd minute from Fernando Gorriaran’s penalty before Juan Dinenno leveled things up in the 78th minute. Harold Preciado alerted seconds after the restart and Santos took the lead again in the rd minute from Fernando Gorriaran’s penalty. Juan Dinenno levelled the scores in the 78th minute.
They could not repeat the performance against CD Guadalajara where Santos Laguna lost 1-0. After the hour mark Jose Macias scored the only goal. Doria was then sent off to make matters worse in an extremely tight game in which both sides managed just one shot on the target.
Eduardo Fentanes’s team were confident in every game, regardless of whether they were getting the points, and showed the fighting spirit he desired. His efforts had made a difference for the team that had been struggling under Pedro Caixinha. To climb higher up the table, Santos defeated Club Tijuana by 4-0 before holding second placed Puebla to an 2-2 draw due to late goals scored by Eduardo Aguirre (and Leonardo Suarez).
There is a lot of fight within this team. However, we doubt they will win against the league leaders this weekend.
Pachuca Wants to Keep Their Winning Run Going
Pachuca was defeated by Club Leon in week three. They haven’t looked back. With the exception of their match with Queretaro which was a draw, they have now won every game (five) since that point. For the league leaders, the goal is to keep up the winning streak.
Despite their excellent form, there is no room for error as Tigers UNAL sit just two points behind. They have lost only once so far this season. Any slip-up by Pachuca could mean that they lose the top spot. Puebla is not far behind. Guillermo Almada’s players will have to stay focused with seven games remaining, which includes the match against Santos Laguna.
The good news is that Almada’s players can get results even when they are not performing at their best. They have struggled to overcome the solid defense of their opponent in two of three recent games. When a season enters the second half of the season, this is often the case. Most sides have observed the tactical patterns of the leaders.
To win the points against Atlas, Pachuca had to score a goal by Roberto de la Rosa late in the game. The opponents were down to 10 men in the first half, but Almada’s men could not take advantage and run away with the game. They did have 26 shots in the game, but only five were on target – Roberto getting the crucial one in the 87th minute that sealed the win.
That was not the case against Cruz Azul in their game just before the international break, when they got on the sheet within 18 minutes of the game start. They were able to secure a win of 1-0, but Erick Sanchez’s first-half goal was the winner. Pachuca are looking unstoppable, however, being the team that has scored the most this season – 21 goals – and conceded the fewest – joint with Atlas on 8 goals.
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Santos Laguna vs Pachuca Information Teams Santos Laguna vs Pachuca Location Estadio Nuevo Corona Time Sunday, April 3 at 8pm EST How to watch Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes