Atletico San Luis vs Leon Match Analysis & Prediction
24/11/2023 4:00 am
The Liga MX play-in round begins on Friday, with Atletico San Luis hosting Club Leon at Estadio Alfonso Lastras Ramirez, with the winner progressing into the Apertura quarter-finals.
Atleti lost their final game of the domestic season 2-0 to Santos Laguna but still finished seventh in the table, ahead of Leon on goal difference, with La Fiera coming back to beat Juarez 2-1 in their previous match.
A strong start domestically in 2023-24 eventually enabled San Luis to qualify for this round, as they lost just two of their first nine league matches while picking up six wins.
From matchday 10 until the end of the Apertura season, Gustavo Leal’s side picked up just four points, conceding multiple goals on six occasions.
Five of their seven Apertura victories came on home soil, where Leal’s side scored over half of their goals (18/31) in this portion of the Liga MX campaign in San Luis.
With 23 points and their seventh-placed standing, Atleti experienced their highest points total since returning to Liga MX in 2019, while finishing in their highest Apertura position over that stretch.
Requiring a victory to keep their Apertura title aspirations alive, Leon persevered despite suffering an early setback on matchday 17, winning for just the second time domestically this season after conceding the opening goal.
Throughout this league campaign, Nicolas Larcamon’s side relied on their strong defensive play to get by, conceding a goal or fewer on 13 occasions.
Leon won just one game on the road in the opening phase of this competition (2-0 over Santos Laguna) but were in a winning position three other times as the visitors, dropping seven points when leading in the second half away from home.
They have progressed into the quarter-finals of the Apertura in three of the past four seasons but missed out on the last eight a year ago when they were beaten 1-0 by Cruz Azul, while San Luis ended their hopes of a Clausura title last season with a 3-1 comeback victory in the reclassification round.
Atletico San Luis vs. Leon Head to head
In the 13 previous meetings between these two teams, San Luis have claimed four victories while Leon have won seven, and they have drawn in two. Leon have scored 21 goals and conceded 19 in the process.
10/04/2022Atletico San Luis2Leon0Liga MX
04/07/2022Atletico San Luis1Leon2Liga MX
05/03/2023Leon2Atletico San Luis0Liga MX
08/05/2023Leon1Atletico San Luis3Liga MX
24/08/2023Atletico San Luis3Leon0Liga MX
Atletico San Luis Team News
San Luis will be without Andres Iniestra for this game due to a meniscus injury, while Ricardo Chavez and Vitinho could come in to replace Iker Moreno and Mateo Kilmowicz.
Goals from Rodrigo Dourado, Leo Bonatini and Jhon Murillo on matchday five of the Aperura season enabled them beat Leon 3-0 in a game where Diego Urtiaga picked up a clean sheet.
Atletico San Luis's Last 5 Matches
26/10/2023Juarez3Atletico San Luis2Liga MX
29/10/2023Toluca3Atletico San Luis1Liga MX
02/11/2023Atletico San Luis0America1Liga MX
05/11/2023Tigres UANL2Atletico San Luis2Liga MX
12/11/2023Atletico San Luis0Santos Laguna2Liga MX
Leon Team News
Leon will be without Stiven Barreiro here as he is dealing with an unknown injury, and Larcamon made one change to his starting XI last Monday, with Fidel Ambriz coming in to replace Lucas Romero.
Borja Sanchez equalised for Leon in their crucial match against Juarez, while Federico Vinas scored his third in his last two domestic matches to give his side the win.
Leon's Last 5 Matches
29/10/2023Cruz Azul1Leon0Liga MX
01/11/2023Leon1Pumas UNAM1Liga MX