Puebla were horrible in their away loss against Santos Laguna over the weekend, and have now lost two in a row. They will now return home after two away matches, where they will play host to the struggling Veracruz on Friday. Veracruz are actually coming off a close draw at home, but they have been really bad so far.
Date/Time: 8-10-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Puebla -0.5
Total: 2.25 Goals
Puebla (1-2-0) played a really bad match on the road against Santos Laguna and fell by an easy 0-2. They failed to record a single shot on target, and had only four scoring chances. Their opponents had 19 scoring chances and destroyed their defense. Puebla have now won only their home matches so far in the season (2), and have lost all three on the road. They are sitting at the 13th spot of the league table with 3 points, having scored just 2 goals, while conceding 6. In their only home match for the Liga MX they defeated Toluca by 1-2 but struggled hard.
On the other hand, Veracruz (0-2-1) are coming off a spectacular match at home against Monarcas. Their opponents took the lead at the 9th minute, but Veracruz pulled even at the 38th. It looked like a draw but Monarcas took the lead again at the stoppage time, with Veracruz pulling even just two minutes later. That was the first point of the season for Veracruz, who had lost all previous four. They are now sitting at the 15th spot of the league table with one point, having scored twice while conceding six in the process.
There hasn’t been an away win in this match-up in the last ten matches since 2014. Puebla have been really good at home against Veracruz, having not lost since 2003 (3-0-6).
Both teams have scoring problems and I wouldn’t find it odd to see a low-scoring match here. Veracruz have been slightly worse so far in the season, and have suffered on the road. I will back the home team to take the three points here.
Liga MX Puebla vs Veracruz Prediction: Puebla -0.5 (-120)
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