The Morelia vs Toluca Liga MX match will be played on Friday, July 26, 2013 (5:30 PM) at the Estadio Morelos in Morelia. Morelia is the favorite coming into this match, they are the home team and started off the season with a 3-1 away victory against Queretaro.
When Morelia defeated Queretaro in Week 1, it demonstrated that Monarcas is ready and able to make a run for the Liga MX playoffs. The early success of the team is due in great part to Carlos Bustos, the Monarcas head coach.
Bustos joined Monarcas on Week 8 of the Clausura 2013, and was able to lead them to a 4th place finish en route to the playoffs. Although Monarcas was eventually defeated by Cruz Azul in the quarterfinals, Bustos’ first season with Morelia could be considered a success. The ownership allowed him to remain, and expects another run towards the playoffs.
After a disappointing Apertura 2013 that had Toluca end the season in 13th place, and bust out of the Copa Libertadores in the group stage, the ownership decided to change coaches. ‘Ojitos’ Meza was replaced by Toluca legend Jose Cardozo, who has the difficult task of bringing an aging squad back into contention.
Unfortunately for Cardozo, the first match of the season was a big disappointment; Toluca was defeated at home by Pachuca 1-0. Toluca was ineffective on offense, and somewhat weak on defense, overall, the team looked flat. Cardozo will have a very difficult time getting his team to come out with any points at the Estadio Morelos.
Morelia vs Toluca Prediction
The Morelia vs Toluca game will be dominated by the home team, which will want to reward its fans with a win. Morelia started off the season with an away win, and appears to be carrying the positive momentum from the previous season. Toluca has a new head coach and appears to be in pre-season mode. Expect Morelia to dominate the match and win without much effort. The Morelia vs Toluca match will end in a 2-0 victory for Monarcas.
Morelia vs Toluca Television
The Morelia vs Toluca match will be televised on ESPN Deportes and Azteca America on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM Pacific.