In week 11 of the Liga MX, Leon will host Toluca at the Estadio Leon this Saturday, March 18, 2017 (6:06 PM Pacific). 10 points separate these two teams on opposite sides of the table, but it should still be an enticing duel that can go either way.
Leon is having a horrible Clausura 2017 tournament so far in last place with only six points so far. The ‘esmeraldas’ have only won one game this tournament, but are coming from a contested 1-1 draw to Club America in week 9 of the competition. Javier Torrente needs to start picking up wins, to keep his job secure. A big problem for the ‘panzaz verdes’ has been a lack of production by captain, Mauro Boselli who has only scored two goals this Clausura.
The midfield has been Leon’s strongest component with Luis Montes having a solid campaign and Leonel Lopez being the standout player of the Clausura for Leon. It is hard to count out Leon with the roster it does have, but with how competitive the Clausura is, it might be too late to make a playoff push.
Toluca is a team that is expected to make the playoffs in fifth place with 16 points. Two straight losses for the ‘diablos’ against Chivas and Puebla have hurt their credibility in being a true title contender. A win here would put Hernan Cristante’s side at 19 points and solidify the team as a title contender once again. A loss would really hurt Toluca’s credibility, especially since Leon has been struggling and it could even hurt the team’s playoff push with how competitive the league has been.
Of course, Enrique Triverio or Rubens Sambueza will not be available for the game, serving suspensions for distinct reasons. A lot of pressure will be added to Pablo Barrientos to carry the midfield in Sambueza’s absence, Barrientos being highly capable with three goals and an assist on the Clausura. Triverio will not be a huge loss for the ‘diablos’ having other capable strikers like Gabriel Hauche and Fernando Uribe. The match should be an important encounter for both sides, both needing the three points for a similar cause.