Santos Laguna vs. Mazatlan: Predictions, Team News, and Lineups for Soccer Match

The highlight of Friday’s Liga MX schedule is the showdown between Santos Laguna and Mazatlan. This marks the first time in the club’s history that Mazatlan will participate in the Apertura play-in round in Liga MX. They will be traveling to Estadio Corona to face Santos Laguna.

Both teams secured their spots in the Apertura phase with crucial wins on the last matchday of the season. Santos Laguna defeated San Luis 2-0 while Mazatlan emerged victorious with a 1-0 win over Toluca.

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Santos Laguna staged a late surge in the Apertura campaign, securing the ninth spot. Despite a slow start, they finished with three wins in their last four fixtures, scoring 11 goals in that period. However, their first-half performance was lackluster compared to previous seasons. Historically, they have a flawless home record against Mazatlan, having won all their encounters without conceding.

Mazatlan has made significant progress this season, earning five more points than the previous year. With four wins in their last five games, they head into this clash with confidence. However, defensively, they have faltered compared to the previous year, conceding more goals in the Apertura.

Both teams have players dealing with injuries that may affect their lineups for this crucial game. Santos Laguna may miss Doria and Hugo Rodriguez, while Mazatlan has Roberto Meraz, Nicolas Benedetti, Ake Loba, and Eduardo Bello out of contention due to injuries.

Santos Laguna possible starting lineup:
Acevedo; Govea, Torres, Prieto, Campos; Cervantes, Aquino; Medina, Brunetta, Vergara; Preciado

Mazatlan possible starting lineup:
Gonzalez; Colula, Almada, Olivas, Maduena; Intriago, Flores; Barcenas, Montano, Colman; Loba

We predict Santos Laguna to edge out Mazatlan with a 2-1 victory. Santos Laguna’s experience in high-stakes games gives them an advantage over Mazatlan, who are relatively new to this stage of competition.

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