The Apertura 2013 Week 1 Toluca vs Pachuca match will take place this Sunday, July 21, 2013 (10:00 AM Pacific) at the Estadio Nemesio Diez. Both teams are coming off a bad Clausura 2013 season where Pachuca finished in 11th place with 20 points; Toluca ended in 13th with 18 points. for the new season, both squads arrive with several new faces, along with the hope that they will improve on their previous performance.
During the off-season, Toluca made headlines after letting go of coach Enrique Meza, and replacing him with team hero, Jose Saturdino Cardozo. Under Cardozo, the club will look for the coach to bring back the life the ‘choriceros’ have lacked in recent times. In order to improve the team, they signed various important players like Paulo Da Silva, Aaron Galindo, Richard Ortiz, and Pablo Velazquez.
Similar to Toluca, Pachuca under-performed in its past season, and were a disappointed considering the good talent in their squad. For the Apertura 2013, they held on to coach Gabriel Caballero, but they also signed important players like Ivan Estrada, Walter Ayovi, and Duvier Riascos. Pachuca is once again is considered to have one of the best lineups in the Liga MX, however the question arises as if they will be an efficient performer. The incorporation of Riascos from Xolos of Tijuana will be crucial to an offense that has suffered lately. His speed will allow Caballero to focus on the counter-attack, thus allowing his midfield to play more defensively.
Toluca vs Pachuca Prediction
The Toluca vs Pachuca match will be a game between two teams who disappointed in the past Clausura 2013 when they did not qualify into the playoffs. For the new season they are better prepared, and they will show their level on Sunday. Toluca is now under the guidance of Jose Saturdino Cardozo, meaning they will style an offensive system. Same goes for Pachuca, although they will focus more on having possession of the ball through their midfield. On a good match, the Toluca vs Pachuca game will end in a 2-1 win for Pachuca.
Toluca vs Pachuca TV Schedule
The Toluca vs Pachuca Liga MX match will be televised this Sunday, July 21, 2013 on Univision at 10:00 AM Pacific.