The Atlas vs Pumas Copa MX Quarterfinal match will have Atlas hosting Pumas at the Estadio Jalisco on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM PST.
Atlas, life after the derby
Atlas comes from playing their derby versus Chivas in a game where a referee error left Atlas without the win. Omar Assad has managed to remain as head coach, even when there have been only draws and no wins in the Liga MX.
However, in the Copa MX, Atlas has 3 wins and 3 draws, which have been enough to have them playing in the next round. Atlas now has a chance to try to save the season that has been disappointing for their fans, who were hoping to have the momentum from last season carried into this one, and do better than when they had Tomas Boy in command.
Pumas, a win and some hope
Pumas comes from beating Monterrey, and after last week’s win versus Queretaro in the Copa MX, it seems like Pumas might be finding the momentum to change the situation that had them in a hole for months. Now, installed in the quarterfinal of the Copa MX, they should be able to move forward and seek spot in the semifinals.
Jose Luis Trejo will confide in players like Nahuelpan, Garcia and Bravo to push the team up front and seek the win versus Atlas at the Estadio Jalisco.
Atlas vs Pumas Prediction
These teams played each other in the Liga MX over a month ago, and they tied. However, this is a different setting and they are playing for more this time. Atlas’ collective game seems to function as long as players like Cufre and Millar are in good shape, and Pumas relies on the individuality of the lower defense and strikers. I predict that Atlas will get the win 1-0, and move on to the semifinal.
Atlas vs Pumas Television
The Atlas vs Pumas Copa MX match will be televised on Univision Deportes.