Santos Laguna vs. Pumas UNAM Pick & Prediction AUG 21st 2022

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Pumas vs. Santos Laguna: looking to recover

The Apertura 2022 tournament of Mexican soccer reaches its halfway point and some teams fight tirelessly to access the playoff zone and dream of qualifying for the quarterfinals. Indeed, two of the teams that are not going through their best moment are Pumas and Santos Laguna, who will face each other next Sunday at the University Olympic Stadium.

On the one hand, Pumas has not been able to raise its head and although in recent seasons it has become one of the revelations of sports predictions , for now it remains outside the playoff zone and is far from qualifying for the quarterfinals, so that adding the three points as a local is urgent.

For its part, Santos remains in the playoff zone, although a defeat next Sunday against the felines could mean leaving that zone, putting their qualification for the playoffs in jeopardy.

Last Pumas matches

Andrés Lillini remains on the tightrope. Although the arrival of the technical director was positive last season, little by little the team is immersed in a football decline that does not seem to have an end despite the arrival of hierarchical players such as Dani Alves and Eduardo Salvio.

Day after day, Pumas accumulates frustrations in the Mexican tournament and was far from being that team that, against all sports forecasts, knew how to eliminate America from Mexico from the Playoffs. Now, the Felines are fighting to access the playoff zone and after seven games they remain out of the Playoffs.

So far, Pumas has accumulated eight points and is in 13th place, remaining outside the playoff zone by one point ahead of León, who has accumulated nine points. Likewise, the Felines obtained seven wins, one draw and five losses with only seven goals scored and nine conceded, reflecting the team's ineffectiveness in the rival area and some defensive weaknesses.

The last duels of Pumas in the tournament were as follows: they debuted with a 1-1 draw against Xolos de Tijuana, drew 3-3 against León, defeated Necaxa 1-0, drew goalless against Pachuca, 1-1 against Mazatlán in an unexpected result for sports betting , 1-1 versus Monterrey and was thrashed on the last day against America 3-0.

It is worth noting that Pumas has two pending matches against Puebla and Atlético San Luis that would allow them to climb positions if they win in both games.

Last Santos Laguna matches

The Warriors are not going through a great moment in Mexican soccer. And while they were never the main sports betting favorites to qualify for the top four teams in the tournament, the illusion is the last thing lost for fans.

Santos Laguna remains as an irregular team in the tournament accumulating positive and negative results in the same way. And it is this irregularity that puts at risk the permanence of Santos in the playoff zone, the main objective of the leadership for this semester.

Currently, Santos Laguna remains in ninth place in the standings as a result of 10 points in seven matchdays in which he has 3 wins, a draw and three falls with eleven goals scored and nine goals conceded, showing that the defensive side is one of the outstanding debts of Eduardo Fentanes' team.

Santos Laguna's last duels in the tournament were as follows: they defeated Rayados de Monterrey 4-3 in their debut, lost 1-0 against Puebla, tied 1-1 against Guadalajara, lost 2-1 against the leader Toluca, defeated 1 -0 to two-time champion Atlas, thrashed Cruz Azul 4-0, lost 2-0 against Tigres on the last day.

It is worth noting that Santos Laguna also has two pending matches against América and León. In case of obtaining the six points, the Guerreros would overcome Tijuana and enter the qualifying zone for the quarterfinals.

Background between both

Pumas and Santos Laguna played 47 matches in the Mexican League with 19 wins for the Felinos, 13 draws and 15 wins for Santos. Also, at the University Stadium they met 24 times with 14 local victories for Pumas, seven draws and just three away victories for Santos Laguna.

One thing to keep in mind when making the Liga México forecasts is that the last clash between the two at the Estadio Olímpico Universitario was a 3-0 away win over Santos Laguna in the framework of the 2021-2022 Opening Tournament.

The magnifying glass on…

Pumas has players of hierarchy in all its lines and all its scorers have a goal each in the tournament. Indeed, Del Prete, Dinneno, Freire, Salvio, Alderete and Rodríguez can surprise at any time.

The magnifying glass on…

Eduardo Aguirre and Hugo Rodríguez are the ones targeted by the Liga México forecasts to convert against Santos Laguna next Sunday. Indeed, both players scored two goals each and are the top scorers for the Warriors in the tournament. In addition, Correa, Gorriarán and Preciado scored a goal each and can unbalance at any time.

Sports bets

The main bookmakers take the local victory of Pumas for granted for Sunday's duel. Indeed, the local victory of the Felinos offers a price of 2.20, placing the tie at 3.30 and the away victory of Santos Laguna at 3.40.

An interesting combination is the one with a favorable result for Santos Laguna, Eduardo Aguirre scoring at any time and more than two goals between both teams together whose total fee amounts to 12.00.

If both teams convert, the fee to be received will be 1.75, while the favorite result is 1-1, which offers a fee of 6.00.

Finally, if Juan Dinneno opens or closes the scoring the odds will be 5.50, while Aguirre's goal at any time offers 3.50.

Schedules and television

Mexico: Sunday 12:00 p.m. TUDN live and Blim Tv.

United States: 1:00 p.m. Vix+.

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