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Santos Laguna are going up against away side Cruz Azul at Estadio Corona in the Liga MX (Clausura) clash on Monday.
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Santos Laguna will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 0-3 Primera (Apertura) Liguilla loss in their previous game against Pachuca.
In that game, Santos Laguna managed 55% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. On the other side, Pachuca got 19 attempts on goal with 8 of them on target. Victor Guzmán (36'), Óscar Murillo (55') and Roberto De La Rosa (85') scored for Pachuca.
Guillermo Almada's Santos Laguna have celebrated scoring a sum total of 10 times over their last 6 outings. Conversely, the number of goals that have been scored against them in those games is 7.
After being beaten in their last game against Universidad Nacional in Primera (Apertura) Liguilla action, Cruz Azul and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Cruz Azul managed 44% possession and 6 shots at goal with 1 on target. On the other side, Universidad Nacional got 12 shots at goal with 7 on target. Juan Ignacio Dinenno (4', 37'), Carlos González (41') and Juan Pablo Vigón (89') scored for Universidad Nacional.
The stats tell the story, and Cruz Azul have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 9 goals in all. Defensively, La Máquina Azul seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 26/02/2018 tells us that Santos Laguna have won 3 of these and Cruz Azul 2, with the number of drawn results being 1.
16 goals were yielded between them in this period, with 8 from Guerreros and 8 belonging to La Máquina Azul. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.67.
The last league contest between these clubs was Liga MX (Apertura) match day 1 on 26/07/2020 when it ended Cruz Azul 2-0 Santos Laguna.
That time, Cruz Azul had 67% possession and 21 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. Goals were scored by Jonathan Rodríguez (44') and Alexis Gutiérrez (72').
At the other end, Santos Laguna got 6 shots on goal with 0 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Fernando Hernández Gómez.
Team News: Santos Laguna
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just the sole fitness concern for the Santos Laguna gaffer Guillermo Almada to contend with due to a largely intact squad. Brian Lozano (Tibia and Fibula Fracture) is out of contention.
Team News: Cruz Azul
Owing to an otherwise healthy group, there is just the one fitness worry for the Cruz Azul manager Armando González to be concerned about. Jonathan Rodríguez (Muscle Injury) won’t be playing here.
We’re envisaging that Cruz Azul will have to perform well to score goals against this Santos Laguna team who we think will be able to grind out a win.
We’re therefore expecting a very even match with a 1-0 winning score for Santos Laguna at the end of this one.
Let’s see how this one goes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Corona (29,101)
Chairman: Dante Elizalde
Manager: Guillermo Almada
Competitions: Liga MX (Apertura) position 8
🔑 Key Player: Octavio Rivero
Normally used in the Striker position, Octavio Rivero was born in Treinta y Tres, Uruguay. After having played his first senior match for Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2015 season, the skilful Forward has hit 3 league goals in this Liga MX (Apertura) 2020 - 2021 season so far in 13 appearances.