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Atlas vs Pumas: Predictions, odds, and how to watch the second leg of La Liga MX 2021 Apertura semi-finals

The last time Atlas reached a final was in the winter of 1999, losing to Toluca.

Atlas seeks their first final since 1999 and Pumas their second final in the last three tournaments
Atlas seeks their first final since 1999 and Pumas their second final in the last three tournaments

Atlas and Pumas UNAM will face each other this Sunday night, December 4th, at Estadio Jalisco to find out the second finalist of the Liga MX. “The foxes” will host Pumas UNAM to try to secure their place in the final. 

Atlas can lose by a one-goal margin to reach the final. Even if the aggregate score is tied, Atlas advances to the next round because they had more points in the overall standings in the regular season.

On the other hand, Pumas needs to win by a two-goal margin. In the event of a 0-2 or 1-3 win, for example, they would have two goals of difference and would reach the final. 

Atlas vs Pumas UNAM: Match Information

Date:  Sunday, December 4th, 2021

Time: 5:00 PM (PT)

Location: Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco

Atlas vs Pumas UNAM: Times by State in the US

ET: 8:00 PM

CT: 7:00 PM

MT: 6:00 PM

PT:  5:00 PM

How to watch live Atlas vs Pumas UNAM

US: TUDN.com, TUDN App, TUDN USA, and Univison.

Mexico: TUDN y TV Azteca

Atlas vs Pumas UNAM: Predictions and odds

The odds are in favor of Atlas because they play at home and won the first-leg match by a one-goal margin. FansDuel considers them strong favorites giving them -130 odds. If you do not like to risk, bet on Atlas but if you believe in the visitor, bet on Pumas, which the odds are in +360, so the payment will be higher. The draw is evaluated in +240 odds, another option if you think the match will end tied. 

Atlas vs Pumas UNAM: First leg resume 

A brilliant goal and a magnificent defensive performance helped Atlas to win the first leg match. That's what the visitors bet on at Ciudad Universitaria and it worked perfectly. Atlas defeated Pumas 1-0 in the capital with a great goal by Julio Furch and is only 90 minutes away from the 2021 Apertura Final. Atlas can reach the final even if they lose by a one-goal margin in the second leg of the Semi-final next Sunday. 

The best defense during the Mexican tournament put up a wall. “The foxes” have gone 11 matches out of 20 without conceding a goal. Also, in the final stages, two of the three Liguilla games have been gone unbeaten and with two clean sheets. The task for Pumas will therefore be titanic on Sunday, as they will need to score two goals against the “Rojinegros” to reverse the result and book a ticket to the Liga MX Final.

Pumas are beginning to run out their feline lives in the “Liguilla”, as the offensive ideas shown against América in the Quarterfinals were easily extinguished by Atlas, who brought out the arguments that made them finish as the best defense of the tournament, conceding only 10 goals in the regular phase. 

It wasn't until the last minutes of the match that Pumas really threatened Camilo Vargas' goal. Higor Meritao had the clearest chance in added time, but a great save by the Colombian goalkeeper, who came out quickly to stop a shot that was at a close range, to put an end to the feline’s hopes in the first leg game.

With Atlas controlling almost the entire match, it was Julio Furch who scored the only goal of the night. A wonderful shot that hit the post and went into the net in the 42´minute, even though, Alfredo Talavera's attempt save was closed. In the end, the goalkeeper effort left us a good picture for the TV replays.

The main controversy was a penalty awarded by referee Jorge Isaac Rojas after a tackle on Sebastián Saucedo at the end of the first half. However, the VAR corrected the decision and nothing was awarded resulting in the disappointment of the visitors, who were already tasting the possibility of a draw in the added time of the first half. 


 

Hugo Alberto Walls Gómez

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