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Mazatlan Prediction This game will be difficult to predict. Toluca is currently in 6th place in the Liga MX standings. This is still a good place to be in any league, but they are not in their best form. In five of their matches, they have not won.
They are up against a side that have struggled for form all season in Mazatlan, who are in 12th place on the Liga MX standings. As things stand, there is an 8-point gap between these two teams. They don’t have a lot of history, and they only have contested in four matches.
Toluca has the better record with two wins, one draw, and one loss. Although all the evidence points to a Toluca victory, they have been so poor recently that it is unlikely they will leave Estadio de Mazatlan without a trophy. The home team is in for a surprise.
The last match between these two teams featured a lot of drama, from penalties to red cards. Toluca won the match with a victory of 2-1. It was a highly frustrating game for Mazatlan, who had taken the lead thanks to Eduard Bellow in the 28th minute but gave it up in the 68th minute because of an Alexis Canello strike.
Five minutes later, Mazatlan’s GonzaloSosa was dismissed. Seven minutes later, Mazatlan gave Toluca a penalty. From the penalty spot, Leonardo Fernandez did not make any mistakes.
If Mazatlan is this careless again, they won’t give them any chance. They managed 11 shots, the same as Toluca, on the day and were cruising nicely before it all spiraled out of control. They can win the next tie if they focus on the positives and not collapse.
Mazatlan Loses Against Cruz Azul
Things couldn’t be worse for Mazatlan against a Cruz Azul team that seemed utterly demoralized going into the match. This was Mazatlan’s worst performance of the season.
They gave away a goal quite early to Gonzalo Carneiro before seeing Raul Sandoval get sent off in the 36th minute of the tie. Cruz Azul won with a victory by Angel Romero, who scored a penalty right before halftime.
It was an unforgettable game for Mazatlan as they only managed three goals in the entire game. Cruz Azul dominated the game and they were no threat to them. They cannot afford another show of this type for the home crowd.
Home Form A Concern
Mazatlan’s self-confidence suddenly feels a little fragile following the weekend loss. Their determination and their ability to perform on the road was what was working for them throughout the season.
They have not been good enough away from home, and that will be a major concern after the terrible defeat at home. Although they have the ability to defeat Toluca, it is not enough. They need to stay focused. Their last game against Toluca was a reminder of their lack of composure, with penalties and red cards giving them a victory.
Even though a club may be going through difficult times, it is important that they ensure their home pitch doesn’t allow teams to score easily. Toluca should be able to have problems with Mazatlan if they can do this.
Lack Of Goals In The Side
With only 14 goals in the campaign so far, Mazatlan’s decent form prior to the game against Cruz Azul was never likely to continue. Their wins came by narrow margins. This strategy is unlikely to succeed. Mazatlan must score their first goal more often, but it’s not something any team can depend on for long periods.
A loss of this kind was also within reach. The team needs to rethink their approach so GozaloSosa and others can score more frequently. He has also been able to score four goals so far in this campaign.
Toluca Stops Losing Run with Draw against Pumas
Toluca aren’t in their best form since they started the season on fire. Although being sixth is better than being at the bottom of the table, their recent form has not been great.
They drew 2-2 to Pumas UNAM on the weekend and the draw should help build a base from which they can reset a little and go on a run again but they will ultimately be disappointed to have conceded a goal scored by Julio Gonzalez six minutes into the 90.
They had 62% of the possession against Pumas UNAM but the visitors looked far more likely to score with 19 shots and eight on target compared to Toluca’s 13 shots on goal and five on target. The visitors opened the scoring thanks to Juan Ignacio Dinneno but Toluca fought back to score two within 11 minutes of each other in the second half from Jean Meneses. The draw was fair in the end.
Leandro Farinaez has been a star player for Toluca this season
With seven goals and three assists, it’s clear who Toluca is’s top man. Leandro Fernandez is getting a goal contribution every 60 minutes and as long as he keeps this up, Toluca will be a threat to every defense in the league.
To be doing all this from a midfielder position is impressive. This season, he’s one of the best players in Liga MX.
Defense Needs To Be Better
Goals haven’t been an issue for Toluca this season, having scored 22 of them so far but they’ve got a goal difference of just +1 because they’ve been extremely leaky at the back. It is time for the whole team to get together and make clean sheets a priority. If they are able to do this, they will be able to compete against some of the top sides in the league.
How to Watch Mazatlan vs Toluca
Teams Mazatlan vs Toluca Location Estadio de Mazatlan Time Friday, September 16 at 8: 00 pm ET onwards How to watch Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes