On Monday 20th September, Javier Aguirre's Monterrey side will welcome Tigres UANL to the Estadio BBVA for their Matchday 9 fixture of the Mexican Liga BBVA MX season. The epic 'Clasico Regio' is coming barely after just 36 hours that the Monterrey side played in the semi-final of the CONCACAF Champions League. The 'Clasico Regio' against UNAL kick-starts a gruelling sequence of 3 Liga MX matches in 7 days with Monterrey also set to host Toluca on Thursday 23rd before going away to Santos Laguna on Monday 27th.
Monterrey's record in the Liga MX so far
The Javier Aguirre-led side has not had a strong season on the domestic front so far, sitting in a modest 8th position on the table, 9 points behind league leaders, Club America. Monterrey is on a 4-game winless run, having drawn 3 of their last 4 games and lost the last by a 2-1 margin away to Atlas. Overall, the team has just 11 points from 8 matches, winning 2, drawing 5 and losing 1.
The Liga MX team has been focused on the CONCACAF Champions League where they enjoy a different track record. In the semi-final clash, they were impressive against fellow Liga MX side, Cruz Azul. Monterrey triumphed in both legs of the tie, winning the first leg at home by a 1-0 margin before obliterating the Juan Reynoso-led Azul side in the second leg by 4 goals to 1. With Champions League final qualification sorted and at least 1 month between now and the showpiece match on October 28th, Monterrey can now turn its attention back to the Liga MX.
Monterrey's next fixtures in the Liga MX and predictions
Between now and October 28th, Monterrey will play 7 Liga MX matches. Of these 7, 4 will be played at their home Estadio BBVA. This allows Monterrey to pick up some points. Starting with the 'Clasico Regio' against Tigres UNAL, Monterrey can go higher on the table by beating an UNAL side that is just 2 points above them but crucially 4 places above. A home match against Toluca on the 23rd might be too hard to win considering Toluca's high-flying form this season. However, an away game to Santos Laguna is certainly in the winnable column with the side sitting above Monterrey in 7th with just a better goal difference of 1.
The back-to-back matches in the Liga MX will stretch the Monterrey side thin but with no CONCACAF commitments in between, they should have enough within the team to climb up the table. Coming off a convincing thrashing of Cruz Azul on the continent, this Monterrey side will be high on confidence going into this crucial stretch of the season. As always, they'd rely on the goalscoring abilities of Rogelio Funes Mori to give them the advantage over their rivals.