Liga MX Predictions and Betting Picks for Round 9 of the 2022 Clausura (March 4-6)
The current Liga MX standings have an unfamiliar look. Club America and Monterrey – two of Mexican soccer’s powerhouses – find themselves at the foot of the standings, with Pachuca and Puebla leading the way at the opposite end.
Funnily enough, Monterrey and America go head-to-head on Saturday, March 5. Round 9 of the 2022 Clausura gets underway this Friday and also dishes up a tasty top-three clash between Pachuca and Tigres.
Let’s get the ball rolling with my Monterrey vs. Club America prediction and work our way through the rest of the Round 9 Liga MX schedule.
Monterrey to Beat Club America
Monterrey dismissed head coach Javier Aguirre from his position following last week’s 2-0 loss to Atletico San Luis. Although Rayados have lost just two of their six Liga MX games this term, they are underachieving by their own high standards.
As a result, America parted ways with Santiago Solari on Wednesday. The Apertura’s regular-season champions conceded a 95th-minute equalizer against Queretaro in midweek, leading to the sacking of Solari.
It is no secret that Monterrey and America are both in a bad place at the moment, but America is even lower than Monterrey. I can see Rayados heaping even more misery on the Eagles this weekend.
Club Puebla to Beat Cruz Azul
Following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Juarez, Club Puebla is STILL the only unbeaten team in Liga MX this season. Nicolas Larcamon’s boys have picked up five wins and three draws from their opening eight games.
Granted, Cruz Azul is also enjoying a solid campaign. The Sky Blues find themselves fourth in the Liga MX standings – four points behind second-place Puebla – although they have managed to win just one of their last three matches.
All the momentum is with Los Camoteros right now, so I’m backing them to beat Cruz Azul on Saturday.
Pachuca and Tigres UANL to Draw
Pachuca sits atop the Liga MX standings – one point clear of Puebla – thanks to a record of six wins, one draw, and one loss this season. Guillermo Almada’s men head into Round 9 on a three-game winning streak, having dispatched Atlas on Wednesday.
That said, UNAL has also suffered only one defeat this season. The Tigers secured five consecutive wins between Round 3 and Round 7 before extending their unbeaten streak to six matches with a 2-2 draw against Cruz Azul in midweek.
This is destined to be a tense battle between two of the league’s in-form teams. For that reason, the draw is my Pachuca vs. Tigres UANL prediction.
Santos Laguna to Beat Guadalajara
Guadalajara occupies last place in the five-game form standings, having taken just four points from a possible 15. Following three straight defeats in February, Marcelo Michel Leano’s side drew 2-2 with San Luis on Wednesday.
The Goats made a strong start to the Clausura campaign, recording two wins, one draw, and one loss in their first four games. However, they come into Round 9 on a four-game winless run.
These two sides are moving in opposite directions at the moment. With Santos on the up and Guadalajara in free fall, Santos should win this one.
Remaining Liga MX Predictions for Round 9
- Necaxa and Toluca to Draw
- Club Leon to Beat Juarez
- Atlas to Beat Queretaro
- Pumas UNAM to Beat Mazatlan
- Club Tijuana to Beat Atletico San Luis
The rest of my predictions for Liga MX Round 9 are relatively straightforward. I’m backing Pumas UNAM and Club Tijuana to win on home soil, as well as Club Leon and Atlas to secure road victories.
Elsewhere, I expect Necaxa and Toluca to play out a draw. Just a single point separates ninth-place Toluca and thirteenth-place Necaxa. On top of that, both teams have scored nine goals this season.
My Round 9 Liga MX Betting Picks
- Queretaro vs. Atlas – Atlas to Win (2.45)
- Guadalajara vs. Santos Laguna – Over 2.5 Goals (1.95)
- Club Tijuana vs. Atletico San Luis – Club Tijuana to Win (2.00)
Queretaro has managed to claim just a single victory in eight matches this season. With that in mind, the reigning Apertura champions shouldn’t struggle to get the better of Hernan Cristante’s side.
Guadalajara and Santos have played a combined total of 16 Clausura matches, 13 of which have produced at least three goals. Needless to say, the over 2.5 goals wager is the ideal bet for this matchup.
Given that Tijuana comes into Round 9 on the back of two straight wins, I’m confident Sebastian Mendez’s boys claim all three points why lowly San Luis comes to town.