We’re through eight match days in Liga MX and eleven for one of our new leagues, the Ecuadorian Serie A. There’s a lot to talk about in both as they are quite the story in contrasts this season. Obviously, the less well-known Ecuadorian league is a relative bargain for its owners. The value of the top team is in the range of the low-end for Liga MX. We have seen a few Mexican teams unable to keep up with the financial demands in recent years and falling into insolvency — like Lobos BUAP and Veracruz.
This year team value is not as important in Liga MX as it was last year and it is certainly less important than it is in Ecuador. While there’s still a correlation, it’s much weaker as teams from Monterrey, to Tigres, Santos, Atlas and Atletico de San Luis are under-performing based on the value of their squads.
It is also very interesting to see how the Top Five teams in the table are identical to the Top Five in the Martindex. Leon, Pumas, Cruz Azul, America and Pachuca are all doing extremely well for their value. Leon, for one, needs some offense. Macias’ productivity is lacking but Chivas have also not been able to turn on the offensive pressure. In both cases, though, those teams’ defenses have held the opponents to 10 goals, combined. Leon’s eight goals in favor seems paltry compared to second place Pumas with 15 or America with 17 but they have held their opponents to only four goals.
Ecuador’s Serie A
Down in South America, however, squad value correlates much more strongly with the team’s position on the table. LDU Quito, Barcelona, and Universidad Catolica have the teams which, on paper, should be top of the league, and they are performing their duties. Technico Universitario, however, tops the Martindex for Serie A since they are outperforming their payroll. Their supporters are getting almost double the output from this squad, as they should be near the bottom of the table instead of comfortably in fifth.
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