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Monterrey face their next test on Monday as they prepare for their forthcoming Primera (Apertura) Liguilla meeting with Cruz Azul.
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Cruz Azul will be hoping to return to winning ways here after the 4-3 Liga MX (Apertura) loss in their previous game against Universidad Nacional.
In that game, Cruz Azul had 46% possession and 14 shots at goal with 6 on target. The only player to score for Cruz Azul was Roberto Alvarado (12', 21', 44'). On the other side, Universidad Nacional had 20 shots at goal with 8 on target. Arturo Ortiz (6'), Fabio Álvarez (46') and Diogo (62', 84') scored for Universidad Nacional.
It has been seldom in recent games that Cruz Azul have shown defensive steel. In fact, Cruz Azul have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 8 goals along the way.
In their previous game, Monterrey drew 0-0 in the Liga MX (Apertura) match with Club América.
In that game, Monterrey had 46% possession and 8 shots at goal with 2 on target. On the other side, Club América had 13 shots at goal with 3 of them on target.
It has become apparent that Monterrey have suffered from a shortage of goals over their previous 6 encounters, contributing the disappointing return of just 2. In those matches, Los Rayados have also seen the overall goal tally of their opponents equal 7. We will find out whether or not that trend can be continued on here.
Head to head
A review of their prior head to head meetings stretching back to 09/12/2018 tells us that Cruz Azul have won 2 of these & Monterrey 1, with the number of drawn games standing at 3.
A total of 11 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 6 from La Máquina Azul and 5 belonging to Los Rayados. That’s an average goals per game figure of 1.83.
The previous league meeting between these clubs was Liga MX (Apertura) match day 5 on 19/08/2021 when it ended Cruz Azul 1-1 Monterrey.
In that match, Cruz Azul managed 54% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer was Jonathan Rodríguez (67').
Monterrey had 13 attempts at goal with 5 on target. José Alvarado (91') scored.
The referee was Jorge Antonio Pérez Durán.
Team News: Cruz Azul
The Cruz Azul manager Juan Reynoso has no fitness worries whatsoever coming into this match with a completely healthy squad ready to go.
Team News: Monterrey
With a fully injury-free group ready to go, the Monterrey manager Javier Aguirre does not have any fitness worries at all coming into this game.
We envisage that Monterrey certainly have the ability to find the back of the net against this Cruz Azul outfit, but it is unlikely to be enough to prevent defeat.
We’re predicting a narrow 2-1 victory for Cruz Azul at the end of the match. There shouldn’t be much in it, either way.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Azteca (81,070)
Captain: José Corona
Chairman: Alvaro Dávila
Manager: Juan Reynoso
Competitions: Liga MX (Apertura) position 8, Primera (Apertura) Liguilla (Reclassification)
⭐ Star Player: Santiago Giménez
Regularly deployed in the Striker position, Santiago Giménez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Having played his first senior match for Cruz Azul in the 2019 - 2020 season, the dangerous Forward has scored 4 league goals in the Liga MX (Apertura) 2021 - 2022 campaign so far in 16 appearances.