The Morelia vs Celaya Copa MX match will be played this Tuesday, July 23, 2013 (5:00 PM Pacific) at the Estadio Miguel Aleman in Celaya. Morelia and Celaya share Group 7 with Atlas and Estudiantes Tecos; only the first placed team will move on to the quarterfinals. The Apertura 2013 Copa MX has an added incentive: the winner of this tournament will play the winner of the Clausura 2014 Copa MX tournament for a ticket to the Copa Libertadores 2014.
Morelia opened up the Liga MX tournament with a 3-1 away win over a, once again, weak Queretaro. Morelia was potent on the offense, and scored when given the opportunity. For their part, Correcaminos opened up the Ascenso MX with a 4-2 away loss against Correcaminos UAT.
However, the two teams that will face each other on Tuesday will field very different rosters from what we saw this past weekend. Both Morelia and Celaya will try to save their best players for the main tournament and use alternate and youth players for the Copa MX. Even with the added incentive of the half ticket to the Copa Libertadores, it’s very likely that all teams will not use key players until the knockout stages.
With this in mind, it is very likely that all of the Liga MX teams are favorites to move on to the quarterfinals; Liga MX teams have deeper and more talented rosters than the Ascenso MX teams. Morelia must take advantage of this first match against Celaya and take the win, forcing Atlas to do the same against Tecos. Only the first placed team moves on, every single match might be the deciding factor.
Morelia vs Celaya Prediction
The Morelia vs Celaya match will be an interesting test that will feature alternate and youth players from both sides. Morelia has the advantage due to its more talented roster, while Celaya will have the home fans. Look for a tight encounter, where Morelia ultimately overcomes the home team. The Morelia vs Celaya match will end in a 2-1 victory for Monarcas Morelia.
Morelia vs Celaya Television
The Morelia vs Celaya Copa MX game will be televised this Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM Pacific on ESPN Deportes.