Odds and Picks
- Mazatlan FC has won two of the last three and three of the last five head-to-head meetings between these clubs.
- In their last ten matches, Pachuca has averaged just two total goals, while Mazatlan’s last ten matches have averaged five goals.
- Mazatlan FC has been outscored 5-2 over the club’s first two games of the Liga MX season.
Liga MX gets the soccer spotlight on Monday night when Pachuca plays host to Mazatlan FC. It remains early in the campaign, as we’re still continuing to learn about teams in the Mexican league.
However, this matchup brings together Mazatlan, which sits at the bottom of the table early in the campaign, and Pachuca, which can move to the top of the table with a win on Monday night.
|O 2.5 (-107)
|U 2.5 (-119)
Not surprisingly, Pachuca is listed as a massive favorite in this match. The Gophers have some value if they win by two goals and cover the spread. But a straight-up moneyline of -232 indicates that Pachuca is a big favorite to win Monday’s match.
Likewise, Mazatlan is a heavy underdog with a +700 moneyline. The moneyline for a draw is +350, so even that looks like a longshot to the oddsmakers. Finally, there is a little more value with the over on 2.5 total goals, although oddsmakers clearly aren’t expecting a high-scoring match.
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Fanduel: Pachuca -260
BetMGM: Pachuca -225
BetRivers: Pachuca -235
Pachuca looks to be a team on a mission this season. The Gophers were the best team in Liga MX last season but couldn’t seal the deal at the end, losing to Atlas in the playoff finals. But they are surely out to make sure that doesn’t happen again, winning each of their first two matches in the new campaign.
Thus far, the Gophers have scored two wins. First, there was a 2-0 home win over Queretaro, followed by a 2-1 road win over Cadiz. While most of the league has already played three matches, Pachuca is one of only five teams left in Liga MX without a loss.
The Gophers have scored four goals by four different players during their first two matches of the season. Offseason additions Marino Hinestroza and Paulino de la Fuente haven’t gotten on the score sheet yet, although they add even more depth to Pachuca’s attack. Likewise, they have conceded just one goal in two matches.
Mazatlan FC Preview
After an underwhelming 12th place finish last season, Mazatlan is off to a rough start in the new season. They began with a 4-2 home loss against Puebla and followed it up with a 1-0 home loss to Tigres. Going on the road Monday against a strong Pachuca side isn’t exactly what the doctor ordered for the Gunners.
Needless to say, Mazatlan’s defense has been called into question early in the campaign after allowing five goals over two matches. Based on their personnel, that’s an area where the Gunners should be better. Of course, Puebla and Tigres are two of the better sides in Liga MX, so a tough schedule should be factored into that assessment.
On the bright side, the Gunners have managed to score two goals over their first two matches despite being shut out against Tigres. Mexican international Marco Fabian was retained during the offseason, giving Mazatlan one of the best playmakers in Liga MX. However, there are still questions about who will emerge as a reliable scorer.
This early in the season, neither team has picked up any significant injuries.
Matchup Picks and Predictions
Mazatlan could create some trouble for Pachuca, as the Gunners have had success against the Gophers in the past. But after two home losses, Mazatlan may not have much luck going on the road. Pachuca, meanwhile, has looked strong in its first two games and should be able to take care of business at home against a team that’s looked sluggish early in the season.
The Pick: Pachuca -232