The Leon vs Atlante Liga MX match will be this Saturday, July 20, 2013 (6:00 PM Pacific) at the Estadio Nou Camp. Both teams are coming off a terrible Clausura 2013, Leon finished in 15th place with just 16 points, while Atlante ended at the bottom of the table with 13 points. Leon, playing at home in front of its fans, has the advantage going into this match.
Leon needs to avoid having a bad season, as it could slip back into the relegation danger zones. The Leon ownership has decided to retain Matosas as their head coach, hoping he can replicate the success of the Apertura 2012 tournament, when Leon reached the seimifinals.
Leon brought in two key additions to strengthen the squad for the Apertura 2013: Mauro Boselli and Elias Hernandez. Boselli is an experienced Argentinian striker that had been playing in the English and Italian leagues the past three years. Prior to that, Boselli scored 32 goals in 3 years for Estudiantes (Argentina). Elias Hernandez is an experience advanced midfielder that should provide plenty of speed down the right flank.
The addition of these key players, along with the already talented squad Matosas can count on (including a supposedly much improved Rafa Marquez), should ensure Leon fights for a spot in the playoffs. On the other side of the pitch, Atlante did not make any big transfer purchases, and has quite a mediocre roster.
Wilson Graniolatti will be making his debut as Atlante’s head coach in the Leon vs Atlante match. Graniolatti’s squad is one of the teams destined to fight the relegation battle this year, and he will have a very difficult time, considering his limited roster. Atlante will have to hope that Chiapas or Veracruz have bad seasons, as I simply do not see how this weak Atlante squad will amount to much.
Leon vs Atlante Prediction
The Leon vs Atlante match will be a good game between two teams with many question marks entering the Apertura 2013. Leon made many transfers during the off-season, while Atlante has had problems incorporating their new players. Leon is in need of a good season in order to return to the playoffs, while Atlante needs fast points to fade away from the relegation table.
On Saturday night, Atlante will style a counter-attack system, while Gustavo Matosas will stick to his style by playing offensively. The Leon vs Atlante match will end in a 2-0 win for the ‘panzas verdes’.
Leon vs Atlante TV Schedule
The Leon vs Atlante Liga MX match will be televised this Saturday, July 20, 2013 on Telemundo at 6:00 PM Pacific.