Last season, Toluca vs Santos reached the Liga MX Playoffs. That’s why both generated high expectations for the current tournament. However, neither could start with a victory as Toluca suffered an embarrassing loss while Santos played to a draw.
The soccer odds hint a close match in which Toluca comes in as the favorite due to playing at home.
Toluca vs Santos 2022 Liga MX Fixture 2
Toluca Can’t Fall Any Lower
We’re just gonna say it, tha Toluca isn’t the best team in Liga MX, but it’s not the worst, either, no matter the standings.
Los Diablos Rojos visited Pumas in the first fixture and lost, 5-0. Pumas took advantage of a disastrous second half by Toluca and scored four goals. Curiously enough, the visitors won possession with 54 percent.
Toluca invested a lot to improve their roster towards the current tournament. Carlos Guzman, Carlos Calvo, Leonardo Fernandez, Jordan Sierra and Camilo Sanvezzo were all signed. Their most important signing was Ignacio Ambriz, experienced head coach who won the Liga MX title in 2020 with Leon.
Returning home allows them to play with more confidence. Last tournament, they finished with a 3-4-2 record when playing at Nemesio Diez, 3-2-5 on the road. Playing at home is the main reason they’re the betting online favorites.
Center back Miguel Barbieri is out due to injury. The rest of the team is ready to go.
Toluca predicted lineup: Gustavo Guadalupe; Oscar Venegas, Brandon Sartiaguin, Jorge Torres; Raul Lopez, Omar Rodriguez, Claudio Baeza, Jorge Rodriguez; Daniel Alvarez, Camilo Sanvezzo, Alexis Canelo.
America, who also started the season with a draw, is atop the Las Vegas Odds to win the title. However, Santos is among the favorites. Last season, los Laguneros were eliminated in the Round of 8. Prior to that, they reached the Grand Finale, so we’re talking about a winning team.
They began the tournament with a draw, but it was against Tigres, another title contender. Santos almost won it, but Tigres evened the score, 1-1, in the last play of the game at 93 minutes.
The good news is that Brian Lozano, the team’s top scorer in the last tourney with 13 goals, scored again. Having your top scorer start the competition on the right foot is huge.
Trust us, there won’t be a more tempting online gambling underdog than Santos, especially at +170. If you place a $100 bet on them, and they pull off the upset, your payout would be $270. Not bad, right?
No major injuries to report here. Santos predicted lineup: Carlos Acevedo; Carlos Orrantia, Felix Torres, Matheus Doria, Omar Campos; Alan Cervantes, Fernando Gorriaran, Juan Otero, Ayrton Preciado, Brian Lozano; Eduardo Aguirre.
Toluca vs Santos Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 53
- Toluca Victories: 18 (88 goals)
- Santos Victories: 20 (88 goals)
- Draws: 15
The last time they met, the total went way over 2½ goals. The game, at TMS Corona, finished 2-2. The first half ended 1-0, favoring Santos, then Toluca turned things around in the second half. When it seemed that Toluca would take the victory, Eduardo Aguirre saved Santos with a last-minute goal.
Santos hasn’t lost to Toluca in their last five meetings. Los Diablos Rojos defeated Santos for the last time in the 2018-19 season. The game was also at Nemesio Diez.
Toluca vs Santos Game Information
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 16th
- Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
- Toluca vs Santos Live Stream: fuboTV
Toluca vs Santos Prediction
We think Toluca losing, 5-0, was like a bug when you’re programming a video game. Fortunately for them, it can also be easily fixed with a patch. Knowing that can’t happen again, Toluca will try to take the reins of the game right from the start.
Santos won’t be easy prey, though. The visitors are really good on the counterattack and will do some damage. That’s why we recommend you include the draw in your soccer picks.
Score Prediction: Toluca 2, Santos 2