Monterrey vs Club América will meet at Estadio BBVA Bancomer for the first leg of the Apertura championship final on Thursday evening. América is the defending champion after beating Cruz Azul in last year’s finals. It only finished sixth in the standings this time around, but it beat Tigres and Monarcas in the playoffs to surge into the final.

Monterrey hit form at the perfect time of the year. It picked up seven wins and two draws in its final nine regular season games. That saw it finish eighth in the standings, just two points above Pachuca, and clinch the final playoff spot. Antonio Mohamed’s men continued that superb form into the postseason. In the quarter-finals they came up against Santos Laguna, who finished top of the standings, and they romped to a 6-3 aggregate victory. They then beat Necaxa home and away in the semi-finals.

Clash of the Titans

Monterrey is the champion of North America and it impressed at the Club World Cup in Dubai earlier this month. It ultimately finished third after an unlucky semi-final defeat to Liverpool. Its form has been terrific in recent weeks, and its players should be full of confidence right now. Rogelio Funes Mori is a dangerous striker and former Spurs man Vincent Janssen offers another option. Rodolfo Pizarro and Maximiliano Meza are also key men for the hosts. Club América is a strong team and it is the odds-on favorite to lift the trophy for the second year in a row. Renato Ibarra, Guido Rodriguez, Nicolas Castillo and Bruno Valdez are all important players for this technically astute side.

Monterrey vs Club América Betting Picks

These teams have met twice in 2019. It finished 3-2 to Monterrey when they faced one another at Estadio BBVA Bancomer in January. América then won 4-2 at Estadio Azteca in July. You would therefore expect a high scoring game on Thursday.

Bethard has a tempting -140 on both teams to score. If you want more value, you could go for both teams to score and over 2 goals at +120 with the bet builder at Bet365. Monterrey are the home team and they will be expected to take the initiative, so the -125 at Bethard on Monterrey to score first also looks good.