Tijuana Xolos Liga MX AP 2018 Week 5 Preview: Xolos Look To Replicate Copa MX Performance Against Toluca

Credit: Liga MX

Credit: Liga MX

Game: Toluca vs Tijuana Xolos

When: Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

Where: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca, Mexico

Time: 10:00 A.M. PST

TV: Univision

The Tijuana Xolos will play their fifth game in the Liga MX 2018 Apertura this Sunday, Aug. 19, against Toluca away from home at the Estadio Nemesio Diez. Club Tijuana is coming off a 1-1 draw against Cruz Azul at home and is winless in its last three games.

The Xolos had a man advantage for most of the game against Cruz Azul and the tie felt a lot like a loss for the border city side. Miller Bolanos scored the goal that earned the Xoloitzcuintles the point in that match and the Ecuadorian forward has now scored in the last two games he has played in. This includes a goal against Toluca in the Aztec Canines’ 2-0 win against Toluca in the Copa MX at the Estadio Caliente.

Fabian Castillo made his debut in Mexican soccer in the Copa MX against FC Juarez this past Wednesday and could also be a key player to watch in this match. The Xolos have struggled to generate scoring opportunities this season and should be in store for a very tough game away from home.

Toluca will have the home-field advantage and the Estadio Nemesio Diez is widely considered to be one of the toughest venues to visit in the Liga MX. The scoring heat in the city of Toluca at the time of day that the soccer games are played can be killer for visiting teams.

Toluca also has a solid team and is currently sitting in seventh place with seven points. Los Diablos Rojos are coming off a very impressive 2-1 away win against Tigres UANL and will be looking to extend their two-game unbeaten streak.

Some of the key players for Toluca include players like Enrique Triverio, Luis Quinones, William Da Silva and former Xolos’ midfielder Luis Angel Mendoza. Starting goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera will be serving a suspension and will not be available for this match, which could be a weak point for the team.

Prediction

EVT Predicts an exciting 2-2 draw in what has potential to be a very hard-fought and entertaining clash at the Estadio Nemesio Diez.

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Francisco Velasco
Francisco, 21, Chula Vista area, Journalism student at Southwestern College. I have been a Padres fan all my life, did most of the series previews and recaps in the Padres' 2016 season for EVT. Now I focus more on the Tijuana Xolos soccer team, get press passes for every home game and write consistently about the team for EVT.

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