In week 12 of the Liga MX Clausura 2017, Toluca will host Necaxa at the Estadio Nemesio Diez this Sunday, April 2, 2017 (10:00 AM Pacific). The match will be between two teams on opposite sides of the table and should present an exciting clash.
Toluca has been a solid team in this Clausura 2017, currently in third place with 19 points, only a point behind Chivas of Guadalajara in first. Most recently the ‘diablos’ defeated Leon, 3-2 away from home, but before that game had lost two consecutive games against Chivas and Puebla. The loss to Puebla was especially worrying as Toluca lost 3-1 at home against a much weaker opponent.
The loss to Chivas was not any better as Toluca was nonexistent in the match, not appearing in the 2-0 loss at all. Hernan Cristante’s side does have a lot to prove still in this tournament, and this game should serve as a test, as they should be able to win the game.
Necaxa has been one of the worse teams in this Clausura 2017, currently in 16th place with only 10 points. The most recent result for the ‘rayos’ was a 2-2 draw to Chiapas at home, which turned out to be a lucky result for Alfonso Sosa. A goal by Edson Puch and a 77th-minute own goal by Felix Araujo proved to be the defining moments that gave Necaxa the point at home.
Edson Puch is still the main player on Necaxa, having scored three goals in seven games as a starter. The defense will prove to be the defining factor for Necaxa in this match, due to Alfonso Sosa’s style of play. The back line has been shaky at times this tournament and needs to improve to get a favorable result in this match. The game should be a hard-fought encounter with neither team wanting to fall.