Last season’s CONCACAF Champions League runners-up Toluca will travel to Guadalajara on Sunday evening for a week four clash with Liga MX new boys Leones Negros. The hosts are still without a point so far this season, while Toluca have picked up four points from their opening three fixtures.
Kickoff at the Estadio Jalisco is scheduled for 6:00pm EST / 3:00pm PST on Sunday July 10th. The game will be televised live in the USA on Univision Deportes Network.
Leones Negros have endured an inauspicious start to their top flight return, having lost both of their opening two games - 3-1 to Monterrey on the opening weekend and 1-0 to Queretaro in their last outing. Their week three Guadalajara derby against Chivas was postponed due to their opponents controversial involvement in midweek friendlies against European teams.
Since their opening two league fixtures the side have shown a slight improvement in their back-to-back 0-0 draws with Mineros de Zacatecas in the Copa MX. Despite the improvement, the consecutive draws now means they have failed to score a goal in any of their last three games - something that will need to be rectified if they have any hopes of taking walking away from this weekend’s tie with their first points of the season.
Toluca have so far failed to hit the same heights as they achieved in the Clausura - a campaign in which they made it to the Champions League final and the Liguilla semi-final. They began the Apertura with a drab 0-0 draw with Morelia in the Bombonera before consecutive defeats saw them being surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Chiapas in the league and 2-1 by Merida in the Copa.
Nonetheless, after last beating Pumas UNAM 2-1 last weekend despite playing the entirety of the second half with ten men fans will be hopeful that a corner has been turned. Goalscoring remains a slight concern - Pablo Velazquez is their only player to have found the back of the net - though on a positive note Lucas Lobos showed enough improvement last weekend to suggest he still has sufficient ability to justify his purchase from Tigres.
Edgar Benitez is the only notable absentee for either side, with the Toluca forward serving a suspension after being sent off in last weekend’s win. Neither side has any significant injuries worries. There is no head-to-head precedent for the games - the two sides have not faced each other in recent times.