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Club América seeks bounce-back win over visiting Querétaro

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No longer undefeated, Club América will look to bounce back with a win as they take on Querétaro at the Estadio Azteca on Saturday.

After going unbeaten in their last 19 Liga MX matches, it took a frantic evening at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer for Las Águilas to lose their first match since August of last year. Miguel Herrera’s men were unable to mount a comeback after going down to nine men, and while at one point they came within a goal of getting the equalizer, they were no match for a Monterrey team that snatched all three points with a 3-2 victory.

América now takes on a Querétaro side that has struggled through the course of the first four weeks. Following their successful 2018 Liga MX Apertura campaign, an exodus of players followed, and the Gallos Blancos just haven’t been able to recover the same level of play that saw the team reach the playoffs for the first time in three and a half years.

SHARK BITES
  • Each one of the last eight head-to-head meetings between these two teams has finished in the UNDER.
  • Querétaro has just one win in its last eight matches in all competitions.
  • Querétaro is winless in its last six away Liga MX matches.

Club América vs Querétaro Game Center

América is still unbeaten at home

Sure, Club América’s undefeated streak of more than four months has arrived to its end, but Las Águilas are still a ridiculously hard team to beat at the Estadio Azteca. To put it simply, a home defeat against Querétaro would certainly turn on the alarm bells in Coapa, as Las Águilas haven’t suffered defeat at the Estadio Azteca since March of last year. For those who like to keep count, that is a total of 17 straight Liga MX home matches without a defeat.

Most recently, Club América has won four of its last five Liga MX home matches at the Estadio Azteca, including a 6-1 rout over rivals Pumas UNAM and a 3-0 victory two weeks ago against Pachuca. They’ve also managed to score at least three goals in five of their last seven in their home ground.

Querétaro is lacking defensively

Perhaps the biggest problem for Querétaro entering this new season was finding a replacement for longtime goalkeeper Tiago Volpi, as well as central defender Hiram Mier. Things haven’t gone as planned, and what was once a solid defense is now severely lacking leadership at the back.

Querétaro arrives to this game winless after four matches and dead last with four defeats and zero points. They’ve also conceded the most goals so far this season, allowing 11 through the course of the first four games.

Odds are that Querétaro won’t make any new signings before the end of the winter transfer window, but at the moment, it is hard to imagine the Gallos Blancos even competing to be a mid-table team.

Gallos Blancos has fared well at the Azteca

However, not all hope is lost for Querétaro. At least in the last five years or so, the Gallos Blancos have done an excellent job holding their own against Las Águilas. In fact, they’ve lost only twice in their last 12 head-to-head meetings vs América, and only one of those defeats was at the Estadio Azteca. Moreover, Querétaro has won three times in its last six visits to América’s home ground.

My take on the game...

Perhaps a win at the Estadio Azteca is the spark Querétaro needs to turn its early-season woes around, but to be honest, I just don’t see that happening. After suffering their first defeat in 2019, Las Águilas will be more motivated than ever to get the win in front of their home fans. On paper, they are miles the better team and should earn a convincing win over the struggling Gallos Blancos.

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