Guatemala City – The long anticipated return of the Concacaf Champions League is finally here. Club America face-off against Guatemalan side Comunicaciones FC in the Round of 16. A match that is tipped very one sided as far as who is the favorite to advance. However, this game may be more promising than what it appears on paper.
Preview: Comunicaciones FC vs Club America
Both teams come into this match with proper fitness. They’ve both been playing regularly since the beginning of the year in their leagues. And while many will have Club America advancing with no problems, Comunicaciones FC will put up a fight. If they’re season is any testimony of what is to come we should be in store for a proper match.
Comunicaciones come into this match with quiet the track record behind them. In their past five games they’ve walked away with a win three times, only loosing once. A record that is very similar to that of Club America’s. Even though it is in the Guatemalan soccer league this team sits first place in their respected league, something the Coapa side should not take lightly.
On top of that the Guatemalan side are the second best scoring team in the league, scoring a total of 14 goals in eight matches. All of this will be taken into consideration by Club America manager Miguel Herrera when planning for this game on Wednesday.
Club America, while hinged with major injuries this season come into this game on good form. While the teams play style has not looked good at times, it has been effective. Las Aguilas come into this game on a three win streak in which two of those games where accompanied by a clean sheet shutout.
The team currently sit in second place in the Liga MX Clausura table as the best defensive team. This America side has seen many different formations this season and this game will prove no difference. People can expect a B sided Club America to take the pitch on Wednesday. Meaning some of the undisputed starters will be on the bench.
Miguel Herrera will utilize this game as a chance to give some of the newcomers to the team a chance to get minutes under their belts. As well as some of the other squad based players that don’t see regular minutes. Expect there to be a change in goal as Oscar Jimenez will start over Guillermo Ochoa.
Although even with the player rotations people can expect a competitive America side. A side that will try to be aggressive when they have possession of the ball taking the game to their opposition.
Last Word on Comunicaciones FC vs Club America
While it may be very one sided on paper, this game has promise to be a real competitive match. Comunicaciones understand the importance of walking away with an important result before having to travel to the Estadio Azteca next week.
While America know how crucial it is for them to secure an important victory away from home to give them even more leverage for the away leg. Both teams will battle it out on the pitch which means will be watching the best offense versus the best defenses of their own separate leagues. This is a game that is well worth the watch.