Mazatlán meet visitors Cruz Azul at Estadio de Mazatlán in this Liga MX (Apertura) match on Saturday.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Mazatlán v Cruz Azul game - plus the latest betting odds.
Mazatlán prepare for this fixture coming off the back of a 1-1 Liga MX (Apertura) drawn match versus Atlas.
The only name on the scoresheet from Mazatlán was Miguel Sansores (51'). Renato Ibarra (53') scored for Atlas.
Over their prior six fixtures, Francisco Palencia's Mazatlán have scored a total of 7 times, an average number of goals per match of 1.17.
Ahead of this clash, Mazatlán are undefeated in their last 4 league matches at home.
Cruz Azul head into the game following on from a 1-2 Liga MX (Apertura) win with the defeat of Club Tijuana in their most recent outing.
In that match, Cruz Azul had 48% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 4 on target. For Cruz Azul, the goalscorers were Santiago Giménez (48') and Jonathan Rodríguez (82'). On the other side, Club Tijuana had 13 shots at goal with 6 on target. Edgar López (10') was the scorer for Club Tijuana.
Robert Siboldi's Cruz Azul have seen their goal attempts be successful 12 times throughout their most recent 6 matches. The total of goals that have been scored against them during those matches comes to 5.
Team News: Mazatlán
Mazatlán boss Francisco Palencia will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this match thanks to a completely injury-free squad available to choose from.
In our view, Mazatlán will probably employ a 4-3-3 system for this game, beginning the first half with Sebastian Sosa, Paddila, Gonzalo Jara, José Ortiz, Efrain Velarde, Mario Osuna, Aldo Paúl Rocha, Martín Rodríguez, Fernando Aristeguieta, César Huerta and Miguel Angel Sansores.
Team News: Cruz Azul
Owing to an otherwise healthy squad, there’s just the lone fitness worry for the Cruz Azul gaffer Robert Siboldi to be concerned with. Pablo Aguilar (Sideband tear) misses out for this game.
It’s our belief that La Máquina Azul seem most likely to utilise a 5-3-2 system, starting José de Jesus Corona, Luis Francisco Romo, Julio Cesar Dominguez, Igor Lichnovsky, Joaquin Martinez, Adrian Aldrete, Ignacio Rivero, Orbelin Pineda, Jonathan Rodriguez, Santiago Giménez and Alex Castro.
Our assessment here is that Mazatlán will need to put in a solid display to get anything against this Cruz Azul lineup who we reckon will gain the upper hand.
With that in mind, we reckon that it will be a very competitive game with a 0-1 win for Cruz Azul when the referee blows for full-time.
A close call.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio de Mazatlán (25,000)
Captain: Aldo Rocha
Chairman: Mauricio Lanz
Manager: Francisco Palencia
Competitions: Liga MX (Apertura) position 14
⭐ Star Player: Miguel Sansores
Mostly played in the Striker position, Miguel Sansores was born in Mérida, Mexico. After having made a senior debut playing for Monarcas Morelia in the 2009 - 2010 season, the dangerous Forward has managed to score 2 league goals in this Liga MX (Apertura) 2020 - 2021 season so far in a total of 10 appearances.