Monarcas almost got three points last week against Veracruz but had to settle for a draw. They will now have a hard task on Friday, when they will play host to the very good side of Necaxa. Necaxa are coming off back to back wins, and have been in really good shape so far in the season.
Date/Time: 8/10/2018, 22:00 EDT
Spread: Monarcas -0.25
Total: 2.5 Goals
Monarcas (1-1-1) are coming off a frustrating draw on the road against Veracruz. They actually took the lead at the 9th minute of that match. But their opponents pulled even at the 38th minute. Monarcas tried to steal the points with a goal at the stoppage time, but their opponents pulled even once again. They are now sitting at the 9th spot of the league table with 4 points, having scored 5 goals while conceding 5 in the process. Monarcas have won both matches at home so far, but have only got a draw from three away matches.
Necaxa (2-1-0) played a really competitive match at home against Lobos BUAP on Saturday. They saw a red card at the 40th minute, but both teams recorded a whopping 41 scoring chances. Necaxa played really good despite playing with one less man, and scored the winning goal at the stoppage time. They have now won four of their five matches in all competitions so far. Necaxa are now sitting at the 7th spot of the league table with 6 points, scoring 6 goals so far, while conceding 6 in the process.
Monarcas remained undefeated in four matches agianst Necaxa last season (2-0-2). They won by 2-1 at home in the Apertura, but split the points in a 2-2 draw in the Clausura. Each of the last six matches between the two have had goals from both sides, and five had Over 2.5 Goals.
Monarcas have been really great as hosts against Necaxa in the past decade, losing just once in the process (4-1-3). Necaxa will have to play a Copa Mexico match before this one, but they mostly use reserves in that competition. I will take Monarcas to cover the spread on this one, looks like a 1-2 win to me.
Liga MX Monarcas vs Necaxa Prediction: Monarcas -0.25 (-109)
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