Universitario hosts Melgar in a must win match at the Estadio Monumental. Coming off a 3 match losing streak, the U are focused on ending the skid with a new manager in Jorge Fossati.
The losing streak led to a change in manager as well as a leadership change on the field such as a new captain. It is unsure who the new captain will be but Fossati declared that the captain is a “movable player and not a goalkeeper” (Carvallo was the captain before). The key players who will be absent in today’s match are Horacio Calcaterra (throat injury), Rodrigo Ureña and Matias Di Benedetto (red card suspension). The other changes that is expected is the lineup. There will be no 4-5-1 and today we will find out the lineup and tactical style of Fossati vs Melgar.
Melgar is also coming into the season struggling, losing all of their 3 matches (their 4th match was postponed). They lost some key players during the off season such as midfielder Martin Perez Guedes, who signed with the “U”. A player that the “U” needs to lookout is captain Bernardo Cuesta. Cuesta is Melgar’s top goalscorer and has been newly nationalized Peruvian. Another player to watch out is Peru national team hopeful Luis Iberico.
Kickoff will start at 3:30pm ET (12:30pm PT) at the Estadio Monumental. Post match recap will follow after the match.