The Santos vs Monterrey Liga MX Week 14 match will take place this Friday, October 18, 2013 (7:30 PM Pacific) at the TSM in Torreon. This is a must win match for Monterrey, with just four games remaining, they trail 8th placed Queretaro by 6 points. Santos will look for the win and can possibly seal a spot in the playoffs with the right mix of results this jornada.
Santos currently has 23 points and sits in 4th place, a win should be enough to qualify them in to the playoffs. Caixinha will want to earn the victory over a weakened Monterrey that has struggled all season long. Statistics point towards a home victory for the Torreon based team. Santos has won five out of the six matches held at the TSM, the second best home record in the Liga MX.
Another strong stat in Santos’ favor is their defense, which has allowed just 13 goals in 12 matches, the third best in the league. Of course, Oribe Peralta is yet another huge part of Santos’ success. El Tri’s only decent player this past week, Peralta has scored 8 goals for his team, making him the second best scorer in the league.
On the other side of the pitch we have a Monterrey squad that is nearly out of playoff contention. Profe Cruz has been unable to fix the club after the departure of Vucetich (who has just been fired from the Mexican National Team). Monterrey needs to win the rest of the matches left in the season to at least hope to get into the playoffs. Unfortunately, their chances do not look good.
Monterrey has only earned 4 points in their seven away matches, a win against one of the best home teams in the league looks highly improbable. It appears Monterrey will bow out of the Liga MX this week against Santos, and officially focus on the Copa MX semifinals, hoping to salvage the semester with a win in the somewhat prestigious domestic cup.
Santos vs Monterrey Prediction
Santos has played consistently well all season long and is the second best home team in the league. Monterrey is nearly eliminated and has shown no signs of improvement in the Liga MX. All signs point towards an easy Santos win, and that’s what I’m predicting. The Santos vs Monterrey match will end in a 2-0 victory for Caixinha’s squad.
Santos vs Monterrey TV Schedule
The Santos vs Monterrey match will be televised this Friday, October 18, 2013 on Univision Deportes at 7:30 PM Pacific.