Toluca vs Santos Laguna match preview: Even contest expected at Estadio Nemesio Díez

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Competition: Mexico Liga MX
Competition: Sun 16.January
Match begins: 18:00 (UTC)
Venue: Estadio Nemesio Díez (31000 seats)

A vital game as both sides are fighting for the top league positions. With Toluca in 6th position and Santos Laguna located at 5th, this has all the looks of an exciting fight. Read on to find out more!

Insights:
  • Toluca have the most conceded goals in the first half (17) in Liga MX
  • Santos Laguna have the fewest conceded goals in the first half (2) in Liga MX

Santos Laguna have a very long trip to this away game, as there's more than 900 kilometers in distance to cover. This could prove a challenge, at least for the supporters.

There has not been much time to rest for the guests, as they played a Liga MX game only four days ago.

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Toluca form and stats

3-4-1 (win-draw-lost) are the Liga MX numbers at home for Toluca so far this season. All in all it has been a very rough period for Toluca who hasn’t won a league-game in their last ten attempts. Their previous win was against America, 119 days ago.

Toluca faced defeat in their previous match, away at Pumas UNAM (0-5). Toluca were outplayed and humiliated in their previous game, as mentioned in the paragraph above. They will need to reinstall their confidence before this one. Toluca's goalkeeper Gutiérrez was extremely busy against Pumas UNAM, saving the team from a uglier defeat with a stunning eight saves. Defender Torres got the top score of the team in the match with a rating of 7.34/10. Torres won 7 of 7 duels.

Ahead of that match, Toluca lost 1-2 at home to Pumas UNAM.

The bookmakers consider this a fairly even contest. One could say only the home advantage separates the teams. It could be relevant to look at how Toluca have performed in matches similar to this (as small favourites). Our database has found ten matches with the results: Won three, drawn three and lost four.

A decent goal production from Toluca in their home games so far, with 13 goals from 8 league matches. Toluca have conceded 9 in these home matches.

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Santos Laguna form and stats

The visitors are W3-D3-L2 on the road this term. That's in the Liga MX.

Santos Laguna played 1-1 against Tigres UANL in their previous match. Midfielder Cervantes was the best performer of that match, with a rating of 7.4. Cervantes hit two key passes, dribled past the opponent 1 of 1 times and had 36 successful passes (of 39 total).

It was a defeat before that one as the away game against Tigres UANL wasn't a success with a 0-1 loss.

So, this is expected to be a close game, an even contest. Looking at earlier matches with Santos Laguna playing away and similar expectations, we found twelve relevant matches. Results were three Santos Laguna wins, two draws and seven defeats.

Santos Laguna are not goal shy away from home in the league, finding the net 14 times in 8 away games so far. 9 goals have been conceded by Santos Laguna in these games.

Head 2 Head

Santos Laguna - Toluca 2-2 was the story when this pair of sides previously did battle, also in this season. Previous ten meetings featuring these contenders: Toluca won two, Santos Laguna were winners in four and we saw four draws. seven games with more than 2,5 goals, three matches with under 2,5 goals.

Top Goalscorers

Santos LagunaD. Valdés Contreras
D. Valdés Contreras
6 goals
TolucaÓ. Ortega Gatica
Ó. Ortega Gatica
4 goals
TolucaR. Sambueza
R. Sambueza
4 goals

Toluca missing players

Santos Laguna missing players

Toluca Santos Laguna
Total Home vs top Statistics Stat vs top Away Total
19 9 3 Played P 4 9 21
6 3 2 Won W 0 3 7
6 4 1 Drew D 2 3 10
7 2 0 Lost L 2 3 4
23 14 6 Scored S 3 14 28
29 11 2 Conceded C 5 10 19
89% 89% 67% Over 0.5 O 0.5 100% 100% 90%
84% 89% 67% Over 1.5 O 1.5 75% 89% 81%
58% 67% 67% Over 2.5 O 2.5 25% 56% 38%
37% 33% 67% Over 3.5 O 3.5 0% 11% 10%
5% 0% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 0% 11% 5%
58% 89% 67% BTTS BTTS 75% 67% 62%
16% 11% 33% Clean Sheets C S 0% 22% 33%
37% 11% 33% Failed to Score F T 25% 11% 14%
 
4.1 4.8 4.7 Corners for (avg) C F 5.2 6.9 6.7
5.3 4.6 6 Corners against (avg) C A 3.8 4.6 3.5
2.7 2.7 2.3 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 3 2.7 1.9
3 2 1 Red cards R C 1 2 2
 
12.6 13.4 10 Shots (avg) S ( 10.2 14 14.6
3.8 3.6 3.7 Shots on Target (avg) S O 2.2 3.9 4.2
32% 44% 55% Goal Efficiency G E 33% 40% 32%
 
14.9 14 16 Shots against (avg) S A 13.5 16.4 13.6
4.9 5 5.7 Shots on Target against (avg) S O 4.2 4.3 3.7
Key stats in Liga MX this season:
  • Santos Laguna have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.
  • Santos Laguna have the fewest conceded goals in the first half (2) in Liga MX
  • Santos Laguna have the most scored goals (14) away in Liga MX
  • Santos Laguna haven’t played a single 0-0 game away.
  • Toluca have played more matches over 2,5 goals home than away.
  • Toluca have the most conceded goals in the first half (17) in Liga MX
  • Toluca have the most points from losing position (11) in Liga MX

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 America 17 10 5 2 21 10 9 7 2 0 13 2 8 3 3 2 8 8 11 35
2 Atlas 17 8 5 4 21 10 9 4 2 3 8 5 8 4 3 1 13 5 11 29
3 Leon 17 8 5 4 20 14 8 3 3 2 11 6 9 5 2 2 9 8 6 29
4 Tigres UANL 17 7 7 3 26 14 9 4 5 0 15 5 8 3 2 3 11 9 12 28
5 Santos Laguna 17 5 9 3 23 16 9 2 6 1 9 7 8 3 3 2 14 9 7 24
6 Toluca 17 6 6 5 22 22 8 3 4 1 13 9 9 3 2 4 9 13 0 24
7 Puebla 17 6 6 5 16 16 9 3 3 3 9 9 8 3 3 2 7 7 0 24
8 Cruz Azul 17 5 8 4 21 17 8 3 3 2 11 7 9 2 5 2 10 10 4 23
9 Monterrey 17 5 7 5 19 16 8 4 2 2 10 4 9 1 5 3 9 12 3 22
10 Guadalajara 17 5 7 5 13 13 8 3 2 3 9 10 9 2 5 2 4 3 0 22
11 Pumas UNAM 17 5 6 6 17 23 9 4 3 2 11 10 8 1 3 4 6 13 -6 21
12 Atletico San Luis 17 4 8 5 19 23 8 1 3 4 8 15 9 3 5 1 11 8 -4 20
13 Mazatlan 17 5 5 7 18 24 9 4 3 2 13 12 8 1 2 5 5 12 -6 20
14 Necaxa 17 6 2 9 16 22 8 4 0 4 10 10 9 2 2 5 6 12 -6 20
15 Pachuca 17 4 6 7 19 21 9 2 5 2 10 7 8 2 1 5 9 14 -2 18
16 Juarez 17 4 4 9 14 25 8 3 2 3 9 10 9 1 2 6 5 15 -11 16
17 Queretaro 17 3 6 8 11 19 8 3 2 3 8 7 9 0 4 5 3 12 -8 15
18 Tijuana 17 3 6 8 16 27 9 2 4 3 9 11 8 1 2 5 7 16 -11 15

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Liga MX is the top division in the Mexican football league system. Each season the league has two tournaments, Apertura (opening) and Clausura (closing). This means that the Liga MX has two champions per season. The Liga MX is the fourth most attended football league in the world.