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This Primera (Clausura) Liguilla game on Saturday sees Cruz Azul go into battle with opponents Necaxa.
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Cruz Azul will play in this match following a 0-0 Liga MX (Clausura) tied result versus Club América.
In that match, Cruz Azul had 36% possession and 7 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. On the other side, Club América had 15 shots at goal with 4 on target.
A recurring feature of recent Cruz Azul games is the number of results with a nil in them.
From their previous 6 clashes leading up to this one, in 5 of them a bet on "Both Teams to Score" would have been a losing one.
After suffering a loss in their previous game against CD Guadalajara in Liga MX (Clausura) competition, Necaxa and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Necaxa had 50% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. At the other end, CD Guadalajara had 9 shots at goal with 3 on target. Miguel Ángel Ponce (89') was the scorer for CD Guadalajara.
In the course of their six previous matches, Jaime Lozano's Necaxa have converted a total of 8 times - giving them a goals per game average of 1.33.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head clashes going back to 02/03/2019 shows that Cruz Azul have won 4 of them and Necaxa 1, with the tally of draws being 1.
In all, 14 goals were scored between them in this period, with 10 from La Máquina Azul and 4 for Lightning Bolts. That is an average goals per game value of 2.33.
The previous league meeting between these sides was Liga MX (Clausura) match day 5 on 13/02/2022 which ended up with the score at Cruz Azul 1-2 Necaxa.
That time, Cruz Azul managed 48% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Their only player to score was Juan Escobar (34').
Necaxa got 19 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. Milton Giménez (84') and Rodrigo Aguirre (95') scored.
The referee was Erick Yair Miranda Galindo.
Team News: Cruz Azul
There is just one fitness concern for the Cruz Azul manager Juan Reynoso to be concerned about from of an almost fully healthy group. Carlos Rodríguez (Fissure of the fibula) is sidelined.
We think that La Máquina Azul could line up in a 5-3-2 formation this time, handing starts to Sebastián Jurado, Juan Escobar, J. Cesar Dominguez, Pablo Aguilar, Luis Abram, Adrian Aldrete, Ignacio Rivero, Erik Lira, Angel Romero, Iván Morales and Uriel Antuna.
Team News: Necaxa
Due to a fully injury-free group to choose from, the Necaxa manager Jaime Lozano has no fitness concerns at all coming into this game.
It’s our belief that Lightning Bolts appear most likely to make use of a 5-3-2 formation by sending out Luis Malagón, J. Alonso Escoboza, Fernando Meza, Agustín Oliveros, F. Rubén González, Alexis Peña, Brian García, Fernando Madrigal, Dieter Villalpando, Rodrigo Aguirre and Milton Giménez.
Our assessment is that Necaxa must be fancied to find the net against this Cruz Azul team, although that might not be enough to avoid defeat.
We’re tipping a 2-1 advantage for Cruz Azul at the end of the match. Could easily see this go either way.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Azteca (81,070)
Captain: José Corona
Chairman: Alvaro Dávila
Manager: Juan Reynoso
Competitions: Liga MX (Clausura) position 8, Liga MX (Apertura) position 8, Primera (Clausura) Liguilla (Reclassification)
⭐ Key Player: Santiago Giménez
Regularly used in the Striker position, Santiago Giménez was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After making a first senior appearance for Cruz Azul in the 2019 - 2020 season, the goalscoring Forward has scored a sum of 3 league goals in this Liga MX (Clausura) 2021 - 2022 season so far coming from a total of 15 appearances.