Pumas vs Monterrey Prediction & Match Preview

Pumas vs Monterrey
Mexico – Liga MX Clausura
Date: Sunday, 26 January 2020
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Olimpico Universitario (Mexico City).

Pumas may be placed in the top tier as of now. But do consider the fact that both of their opponents this Clausura season, finished in the bottom tier of the Apertura, and as such cannot be considered amongst the elite of Mexico. Meanwhile, their third battle is going to be against the reigning champions of the league, and this should really bring their shortcomings to display.

Pumas vs Monterrey Head-to-head (h2h)

  • Monterrey had won five of the past six clashes.
  • It’s been four years since Pumas have won against this opponent.
  • Since 2011, only once have Pumas kept a clean sheet at home.
  • Monterrey have conceded a total of two goals from the past five encounters.

Pumas vs Monterrey Prediction

Pumas were on the road the last match-day, and had taken on Juarez, who were placed 16th in the Apertura standings. Despite this favorable setting, UNAM conceded four goals to share the spoils with a 4-4 scoreline.

Meanwhile, Monterrey could not begin their title defense in style, as they were held to a 2-2 draw in front of the home crowd by Monarcas.

However, they will be adamant to get back into their groove this Sunday, and deliver a dominating win.

Several factors are in favor for picking Monterrey as the favorite. First and foremost, they are the current champions of the league, and have really shown their ability to deal with nerves.

On the other hand, Pumas could not even make it to the playoff in the Apertura, and this Clausura campaign, they have so far participated in two fixtures. 

Both were against teams who had ended up in the bottom tier of the prior campaign, and still, Pumas conceded a total of five goals from the two fixtures.

In addition, Pumas were winless in nine of their last eleven match-ups, and the last they kept a clean sheet at this venue was back in September of 2019.

On the other hand, Monterrey are going through a scary run, where they have stood unbeaten in 19 of their previous 20 overall matches. And it deserves mentioning that this sole loss had come against current European Champions Liverpool, in the Club World Cup.

On the road, the team are invincible in their prior eight trips, and impressively, six of these were wins. Keep note that they had also scored twice or more in six of these eight games.

Finally, Monterrey had won five of the last six h2h clashes against this opponent, and recorded the prior six h2h wins as well. They have also conceded a total of just two goals from the past five such meetings.

Considering all these information, it’s clearly evident that the reigning champions Monterrey are overwhelming favorites this Sunday to post the three points.

Pumas vs Monterrey Betting Tips

  • Draw No Bet: Monterrey @ 1.67 (2/3)
  • Monterrey to Win Either Half @ 1.67 (2/3).