The highly anticipated Pachuca vs Leon Liga MX final will be played this Sunday, May 18, 2014 (6:00 PM Pacific) at the Estadio Hidalgo. The second-leg of the Clausura 2014 final will dictate the champion of the season, and will put a close to the semester. Pachuca enters the game with a good advantage after winning 3-2 last Thursday in Leon.
Tuzos and Panzas Verdes played an extremely exciting first-leg final last Thursday which ended in a 3-2 win for the visiting Pachuca. Both sides played to their full potential, each creating constant scoring opportunities. Although Pachuca won, the final could still go to Leon as the score is only one goal from being tied, and the away-goal rule does not exist in the grand final.
Coach Enrique Meza wants to finish the season in the best possible way by becoming champions when nobody expected them to. Pachuca entered the season as a team on the rebound, with many reinforcements, yet, they did not have the regularity needed to become the league’s best. This Sunday, the Tuzos are 90 minutes away from winning their first title since 2007, and the bets are on their favor.
For this match, Pachuca can count on a full roster, as Walter Ayovi has returned from a 1-game suspension. Moreover, talented forward Enner Valencia, who has 6 goals in the liguilla and 18 overall in the season, was doubtful to play after ann injury, but will play the second-leg after all.
Meanwhile, Leon has also been very surprising this past month. After being eliminated from the Copa Libertadores against Bolivar, the ‘fiera’ was tired, with a poor morale, and 3 points plus a miracle away from reaching the Clausura 2014 playoffs. In Week 17, they defeated Xolos of Tijuana to obtain those 3 points, and the mixture of results helped them gain that miracle which placed them as the #8 seed.
Today, Leon is playing similarly to the Leon from last season where they became Apertura 2013 champions. Although they are down on the aggregate score, they have the talent and experience needed to press Pachuca, and overcome that score deficit.
Pachuca vs Leon Prediction
Pachuca will enter the game with the pressure to defend against one of the best attacking midfield in Mexico. Leon will be set to play offense from the first minute, as they need to win this game by two goals in order to become champions. For that reason, the Tuzos will be forced to play defensively and on the counter-attack in their attempt to hold the score in their favor.
The Panzas Verdes will dominate this game, but if they do not score in the first 30 minutes, they will become nervous and too pressured in their attempt to tie the aggregate score. The Pachuca vs Leon second-leg match will end in a 2-2 tie; Tuzos will be the Clausura 2014 champions!
Pachuca vs Leon TV Schedule
The Pachuca vs Leon match will be televised on UniMas at 6:00 PM Pacific.
Pachuca vs Leon Highlights