Pumas UNAM vs Pachuca – Pumas UNAM begins the new Liga MX Clausura campaign with a home game against Pachuca on Sunday afternoon. It promises to be a tight, tense game between two teams that look pretty evenly matched in terms of quality. They met twice during 2019 and Pachuca won both games. However, both of those matches took place at Estadio Hidalgo, and Pachuca has not secured an away win against UNAM since May 2014.
Both UNAM and Pachuca struggled to make an impact during the first half of the 2019/20 season. UNAM finished 13th in the Apertura championship table after taking just two points from its final three games. Pachuca ended the competition with two wins and a draw, but it was not enough to see it secure a playoff place, as its finished ninth, narrowly missing out to Monterrey.
Vásquez Primed for Debut
In the end Pachuca finished just two points clear of UNAM, showing how closely matched these teams. Yet Pumas now enjoys home advantage, and that could swing the game in its favor. It has bolstered its squad significantly since the end of the Apertura championship. Chief among the new arrivals is Johan Vásquez, who could come in for the injured Nicolás Freire on Sunday. Favio Álvarez, Leonel Lopez, Alejandro Mayorga, Jerónimo Rodríguez and Sebastián Saucedo have all joined Pumas too, which should give the squad a boost. Pachuca has signed Uruguayan midfielder Cristian Souza ahead of the Clausura season. It also has a dangerous striker in Victor Dávila, so it will be a real threat to UNAM in this game.
Pumas UNAM vs Pachuca Betting Picks
UNAM is the +125 favorite to win this game with 888 Sport. The draw is priced at +215 and an away win is +190. The draw looks like the most appealing of those options at +215. A better way to play it might be to avoid the outright markets and look at goals. Pumas kept just four clean sheets in its 18 Apertura games, and so did Pachuca.
Both teams to score might be a sensible option in this match, as neither team is especially solid at the back and they both have dangerous strikers. UNAM’s home games see an average of just 2.56 goals, while Pachuca’s away matches see 3.33 on average. Combining both teams to score with under 4.5 goals at 888 Sport therefore looks appealing at odds of +110.