In a match, vital for the relegation race this season, Veracruz will host Puebla at the Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente this Friday, March 10, 2017 (7:00 PM Pacific). Both teams are fighting to stay in the top flight of Mexican football, and the three points from the game are vital to both teams.
Veracruz is coming from a crucial loss to Monarcas Morelia in week 9 of the Clausura 2017 and is now last on the relegation table with 105 points. The ‘tiburones rojos’ are just a point behind Morelia and nine points behind Puebla on the relegation table and the three points from this match could prove to be vital going forward. Carlos Reinoso’s side is coming from four straight losses in the Clausura tournament and cannot afford to keep on dropping points if they wish to remain in the first division.
Veracruz has been decent at home this tournament, winning three games and only losing one. That lone loss came to Tigres UANL and was a tough game scared by violence in the stands between the fans. The misconduct of the fans means that the ‘tiburones’ will play in front of empty seats at the Luis Pirata Fuente this Friday. It will be interesting to see how Veracruz handles the situation and if it affects the play on the field.
Puebla is coming from its first loss of the Clausura 2017 tournament, under Jose Cardozo as manager of the club. The ‘camoteros’ fell by a score of 2-0 against Tigres UANL at home but did not play all that bad, creating opportunities but not capitalizing on them. Before that tough loss, Jose Cardozo had led the relegation side to four straight games without defeat, including two wins. The most shocking win being a 3-1 victory against Toluca at the Estadio Nemesio Diez in week 8 of the competition.
Puebla has had some surprising players step up for the team like striker Alexis Canelo, who has three goals and four assists in the tournament. Puebla’s defense, under Cardozo, has also been a key factor in the Clausura, only allowing three goals in the past four matches. It should also be interesting to see how the ‘camoteros’ do under an empty stadium and in an intense match crucial to the relegation race.
How to Watch Veracruz vs Puebla
The Veracruz vs Puebla match will be broadcast this Friday, March 10 at 7:00 PM Pacific:
TV Schedule: Azteca America
Watch Live Online: Sling TV (Watch 7 Days Free)