In week 13 of the Liga MX Clausura 2017, Pumas UNAM will host Toluca at the Estadio Olimpico Universitario this Sunday, April 9, 2017 (10:00 AM Pacific). Both teams are among the top teams this Clausura and should present one of the best matches this week.
Pumas UNAM is currently in sixth place with 17 points, only five points behind Toluca in first. The felines are coming from a dominant 3-0 win over Chiapas in week 12 of the tournament. The young and promising, Jesus Gallardo played a huge role in that victory getting two out of the three goals. The 22-year-old has had a spectacular tournament with four goals and two assists. Paco Palencia does count with one of the best players in the Liga MX in Nicolas Castillo.
The Chilean striker has been one of the most clinical finishers in the league this year with eight goals so far. Pumas UNAM has excelled at home this Clausura with three wins, two draws and only one loss. The Mexico City team will not have it easy in this match but should be able to give a contested duel to its opposition.
Toluca has been one of the best teams this tournament currently in first place with 22 points. Recently the ‘diablos’ have won two consecutive games defeating Leon 3-2 away from home and Necaxa 2-0 at home. Hernan Cristante has been without star midfielder, Rubens Sambueza for the last few weeks and will be without him until week 17.
Toluca still has a very strong team with players like Gabriel Hauche, Pablo Barrientos and Fernando Uribe. The reliance on Barrientos in the midfield without Sambueza has been huge in the past few weeks. Expect the Argentine to play a role in this game, along with the strong Toluca offense which has scored 16 goals this tournament. The match should be one of the best this Jornada with both teams being among the best this tournament.