Leon vs Juarez Match Analysis & Prediction
13/11/2023 5:05 am
Club Leon need a victory on the final matchday of the Liga MX Apertura season to assure themselves a spot in the play-in round as they host Juarez at Estadio Leon on Monday.
In their previous encounter, Leon conceded in stoppage time to lose 5-4 to Puebla, while Juarez lost a third consecutive league game last Monday, 3-0 at home to Queretaro.
Down the stretch of the Apertura campaign, wins have been hard to come by for Leon, who had a 3-1 lead at the break on matchday 16 but collapsed in the second half, conceding on three occasions in the final 11 minutes plus stoppage time.
Their defensive shape was supposed to carry them throughout the campaign, but they have been up and down in that department this season, with their three clean sheets coming at home, while 15 of the 21 goals conceded by Nicolas Larcamon’s side have come on the road.
While the Leon defence have been a little underwhelming, it is not nearly as bad as what Juarez have incurred lately, as Monday’s visitors have conceded three or more goals twice in their previous three domestic games.
With 19 points, Diego Mejia’s side have already exceeded their total from the previous Apertura campaign (18), and their five wins are one more than Los Bravos managed in the opening phase of this competition a season ago.
Juarez have only suffered one defeat during the first half of the Liga MX season when scoring the opening goal, conceding five unanswered strikes in a defeat to Club Tijuana in late September (5-1).
They are winless in six successive away matches in this competition, losing three of their four visits against Leon, while they have been outscored 6-2 all-time at Estadio Leon.
Leon vs. Juarez Head to head
In the nine previous meetings between these two teams, Leon have claimed five vistories while Juarez have won two, and they have drawn in two. Juarez have scored three goals and conceded 11 in the process.
Leon Team News
Leon could be missing Jaine Barreiro here due to an unknown injury, while Larcamon inserted Federico Vinas into the fold instead of Alfonso Alvarado against Puebla.
Vinas had a brace in their defeat on matchday 16, with Nicolas Lopez and Omar Fernandez also finding the back of the net.
Leon's Last 5 Matches
29/10/2023Cruz Azul1Leon0Liga MX
01/11/2023Leon1Pumas UNAM1Liga MX
Juarez Team News
Haret Ortega is doubtful for Juarez after undergoing knee surgery, while Diego Valoyes may be a game-time decision with a hamstring strain.
Sebastian Perez Bouquet will be doubtful due to an unknown injury, while Aviles Hurtado is out after his late red card against Queretaro.
Juarez's Last 5 Matches
26/10/2023Juarez3Atletico San Luis2Liga MX
30/10/2023Santos Laguna5Juarez1Liga MX
02/11/2023Cruz Azul2Juarez0Liga MX