The pressure is on the home team to start strong after being at the bottom of the Clausura table last term
The new League MX campaign is underway and the second runner-up of Clausura’s Santura Laguna, last season, is starting an away game against Necaxa.
Necaxa reached the final standings in the Clausura last season, after winning just two games and is determined to get off to a good start this time around in the Apertura.
Before the match, Purpose has the details on how to watch TV, stream online, team news and more.
TV channel, live streaming and how to watch
In the United States (USA) League MX matches can be watched live and on demand fuboTV (watch with a free 7-day trial).
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Team news and schedules
|Defenders||Meza, Oliveros, Quintana, Dominguez, Sandoval, Julio Gonzalez, Hernandez|
|Midfielders||Garcia, Jonathan Gonzalez, Fernando Gonzalez, Arce, Poggi|
|Forwards||Escoboza, Carvallo, Palma, Sepulveda, Medina, Quiroga, Salas, Garcia, Aguirre, Bareiro|
Necaxa added several new faces to their team before the new campaign, while a few senior players moved on during the summer.
The free signing of Angel Sepulveda could appeal to the right wing, and Vicente Poggi, new boy, could be drafted at midfield.
Coach Guillermo Vazquez can keep confidence in Rodrigo Aguirre and Maximiliano Salas up front, though Luis Arcadio Garcia, or Mauro Quiroga, who is on loan from Pachuca, will get a chance to give the free transfer.
Predicted start XI: Hernandez, Julio Gonzalez, Meza, Quintana, Dominguez, Fernando Gonzalez, Poggi, Sepulveda, Zendejas, Aguirre, Salas.
|Position||Santos Laguna Grid|
|Goalkeepers||Acevedo, Lajud, Garcia|
|Defenders||Doria, Torres, Rodriguez, Andrade, Govea, Diaz|
|Midfielders||Rivas, Gorriaran, Cervantes, Prieto, Valdes, Avila,|
|Forwards||Lozano, Preciado, Ibarguen, Otero, Isijara, Orrantia, Jeraldino, Aguirre, Ocejo|
The runners-up of Clausura in 2021 are eager to get the new campaign off to a good start.
They are aiming for a top four final in the Apertura campaign and a place in the play-offs.
They will be without midfielder Alan Cervantes due to his role in Mexico’s Gold Cup campaign and Eduardo Alguirre is missing because he is participating in the Olympic Games.
Ayrton Preciado will also not play because he was given time to recover after playing with Ecuador in the Copa America.
Predicted start XI: Acevedo, Govea, Torres, Doria, Andrade, Rivas, Gorriaran, Valdes, Otero, Ibarguen, Jeraldino
Last five results
|Necaxa results||Santos Laguna results|
|Leon 0-3 Necaxa||Santos Laguna 2-1 Tepatitlan|
|Necaxa 8-1 Miners of Zacateca||Santos Laguna 4-4 Tampico Madero|
|Necaxa 1-5 Atlas||Cruz Azul 1-1 Santos Laguna|
|Tijuana 1-0 Necaxa||Santos Laguna 0-1 Cruz Azul|
|Necaxa 0-0 Queretaro||Puebla 1-0 Santos Laguna|
Head to head
|3/8/2021||Santos Laguna 3-1 Necaxa|
|22/8/2020||Necaxa 2-1 Santos Laguna|
|16/03/2020||Santos Laguna 2-1 Necaxa|
|19/8/2019||Necaxa 3-0 Santos Laguna|
|18/03/2019||Santos Laguna 1-2 Necaxa|