The Race to the Playoffs; Finishing in the Top 12 Spots
As we draw nearer to the end of the regular round-robin games, the goal is to make it to the playoffs. It is not an easy feat for the teams as they would need to do more to ensure that they do better than others before the season ends.
Some teams have lifelines and can relax for a few games. However, most are still struggling because their scores and odds haven’t been too good since the start of the season. But we expect more from them going forward.
Pumas UNAM Continues To Push for a Spot in the Top 12
Sitting outside the top 12 spots, Pumas UNAM is one of the teams struggling to make it into the playoffs. We expect them to improve their game, ensuring they don’t miss out on the next season round. With eight points from eight games, they are pretty close, as Mazatlan in the 12th position is only two points away.
Pumas UNAM has only won one game since the start of the season. Therefore, they are struggling to have a good run of form. They are close to missing out on the playoffs if they continue in this rut, making it hard to place sports bets on them as they don’t show any improvement, especially in the last two games.
Losing 3-0 to Club America didn’t help. However, they did better against Atletico de San Luis. They started the game well with an early goal in the sixth minute when Eduardo Salvio converted from the spot. In the 23rd minute, Salvio doubled the lead, but unfortunately, Abel Hernandez’s hattrick for San Luis was enough to take the points away from them.
Santos in a Good Position to Make Playoffs
In the last games, Santos has been through a rollercoaster of games. The team hasn’t stuck with a form. They had four wins in the last eight. However, they also lost three games from that run, making it tricky to say if they were on a good or bad run. But, they’ve done enough to earn a spot in the top six.
With 13 points, they are not entirely out of the water because having a bad run in more than two games consecutively could see them fall off the top spot. They are only four points ahead of Club Leon in 13th place, but they have a game in hand that can help push them further and increase the gap.
However, this game against Pumas would determine if they have a shot at making it to the playoffs. The team doesn’t have the luxury to slow down, and fortunately, the win against Leon is a perfect boost that would help the team push for its objectives this season. We would be expecting the same against Pumas UNAM.
Pumas vs Santos Head-to-Head
Pumas and Santos have been meeting in the Liga MX for some time, and we’ve had varying results over the years. The last two have favored Santos Laguna as they scored three goals in each. The last one was in the Clausura division, where they won 3-2 in an epic clash. The game was tied until the 73rd minute when Fernando Gorriaran scored from the spot.
Five minutes later, Juan Dinenno equalized, but Harold Preciado made it 3-2 in less than a minute, enough for the team to take the three points. The last game they played at Pumas’ home ground ended 3-0, with Laguna completely bossing the game from start to finish. So, based on the head-to-head, we expect Santos to have the favorite soccer odds for this tie.
Pumas vs Santos Information
- Game: Pumas (1-5-2) vs Santos (4-1-3)
- Location: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City
- Day/Time: Sunday August 21st, 01:00 p.m. ET
- Puma vs Santos Live Stream: fubo.tv
Pumas vs Santos Betting Lines
|Unam Pumas||-½ +115||+115||2½-105o||1½+120o
|Santos Laguna||+½ -145||+235||2½-125u||½-235o
Pumas vs Santos Prediction
Despite having the better head-to-head in the last two games, Santos Laguna is considered the underdog for this tie. They have +235 odds to win, which is pretty high to risk a bet. However, we believe they have a shot at winning the game as they’re even the better team between the two so far.
In that case, a bet on the +½ -145 option is a perfect wager we would be going with. So, if you know how to bet on soccer, you can follow our pick.