FC Juarez Semifinals Preview — Los Bravos Seek Advantage
Later tonight, the Bravos de FC Juarez will face off against Mineros de Zacatecas in the first leg of a home and home series of the semifinal round of the 2015 Apertura playoffs. FC Juarez will look to return to the Borderland with an advantage going into Saturday's second leg at Benito Juarez Olympic Stadium.
This is something that I feel is very possible. Even being the away team, I feel that FC Juarez is the better club between the two and is currently in better form.
It is important to know that FC will take a six-game undefeated streak as a visitor in Zacatecas tonight.
The team from the Borderland is a healthy one, no major or minor injuries to report from players that see regular playing time. Their defensive line is a sound one, having only allowed four goals in their last eight games. FC Juarez has also not been scored on in its last 152 minutes of competition. A streak that they will most definitely want to extend tonight in Zacatecas.
The player for Mineros that will look to snap this shutout streak will be forward Juan Cuevas. Cuevas has 10 goals on the season and averages a goal every 129 minutes.
While on the flip side, the Bravos offense has scored 13 goals in those same eight games. A grand majority of these goals have been scored by Leandro Carrijo. Carrijo has 11 goals on the season and averages a goal every 110 minutes of play.
Yet, the most impressive stat of them all is that FC Juarez has not lost a match in its last 13 games.
In order to keep this streak going I feel that the Bravos midfielders are going to need to have a very solid game. While FC Juarez may dominate their opposition match after match and play a very offensively oriented style of play I feel that there needs to be improvement in their midfield. The need to maintain possession a little better.
If this is done, I feel it will be very probably that FC Juarez will leave Zacatecas with at least a goal advantage.