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  • It’s Pachuca vs Club America in the semi-final 2nd leg of the 2022 Liga MX Torneo Clausura on Sunday.
  • This tie remains finely balanced as Thursday night’s first leg in Pachuca ended 1-1.
  • We preview the game, look at the Pachuca vsClub America odds, and offer some picks below.

It is Pachuca vs Club America in the Estadio Hidalgo on Sunday – May 22 at 9:06 pm ET – in the second leg of the semi-final of the 2022 Liga MX Torneo Clausura. With the first leg in Pachuca ending 1-1 on Thursday night, this one is still in the melting pot.

The winners will play Atlas in the final after they beat Tigres 5-4 on aggregate – a close call in the end after Atlas had won the first-leg 3-0. Tigres’ 4-2 win in the second leg last night was a perfect example of how quickly things can change in the playoffs.

We preview Pachuca vs Club America and offer below some analysis and picks for this massive Liga MX playoff clash.

Pachuca vs Club America Odds

Matchup Moneyline
Pachuca +145
Club America +175
Draw +220

Odds as of May 22 at Barstool Sportsbook

The bookies see home advantage as potentially decisive here and have listed Pachuca as very narrow favorites at +145, which comes with a 40.82% implied win probability, compared to Club’s +175 with an implied probability of  36.36%. The draw also offers a reasonable return at +220, with an implied probability of 31.25%.

Over/Under and Spread

Barstool is predicting another cagey affair here, with over and under 2.5 goals both pitched at odds-on, but those feeling brave may be tempted, in this winner-takes-all game to look at Over 3.5 goals, which is pitched at +260.

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Pachuca vs Club America  Prediction

With the two teams tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes in the Azteca, things couldn’t be more finely balanced. The eventual winners will go on to play Atlas in the final after they beat Tigres 5-4 over two legs in the other semi, but there will ups and downs and plenty of drama before the winner emerges.

A 1-1 Draw But Could Easily Have Been 3-3!

The first leg was expected to be a nervy, tense affair with little to choose between the two teams, and we weren’t disappointed. It was however more end-to-end than expected and, while it was always destined to be close, it could have easily ended 3-3 instead of 1-1, with both goalkeepers making some great saves.

Pachuca vs Club America Head-to-Head Stats

12-2-3 Regular-season record 7-5-5
30 / 15 Goals for / Goals against 24 / 17
1st Finishing position 4th
3-0 vs Monterrey &Toluca Biggest win 3-0 v Juarez & Toluca
3-1 vs Santos Laguna Heaviest defeat 3-1 vs Pachuca

Ibanez Keeps His Cool to Tie It at 1-1

In the end, Thursday night’s game hinged on a hotly disputed penalty on 81 minutes. Despite a long wait due to the referee consulting VAR, Ibanez kept his cool and expertly tucked the spot-kick away to pull the visitors’ level after the referee had initially waved away calls for a pen. After a frantic but goalless first half, Valdes’ 54th-minute opener had looked, for long spells, likely to be enough to give the hosts a first-leg lead.

Pachuca With Recent Head-to-Head Advantage

There was not too much to choose between these two in the regular season although results did edge slightly the way of Pachuca, after their 3-1 in the Azteca back in February. Their previous clash in Pachuca’s Estadio Hidalgo ended 1-1. A first-place finish for Pachuca in the regular-season table was achieved through losing just three of their 17 games, while Club’s fourth-place saw them lose five times.

Pachuca vs Club America Team Lineups and Injuries

Pachuca Projected Lineup: Ustari, Alvarez, Cabral, Tapoiaz, Aceves-Pattino, Chavez, Sanchez, Hurtado, Guzman Ibarra, Ibanez.

Pachuca Injuries: Moreno.

Club America Projected Lineup: Ochoa, Sanchez, Valdez, Caceres, Fuentes, Aquini, Fidalgo, Zendejas, Valdes, Martinez, Martin.

Club America Injuries: None.

Pachuca vs Club America Pick

If the first-semi-final is anything to go by, this one will be dramatic and go to the wire. With the stakes so high and with these two so evenly matched, it seems almost inevitable that there is yet more drama to come.

Having said that, Pachuca was able to survive an early storm in the first leg and that good defense could come into its own again later if they are able to snatch an early lead. And so it’s for that reason, I believe there’s value here in the home win.

Pick: Pachuca to win (+145) 

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