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Cruz Azul will visit Estadio Olímpico Universitario on Sunday for the Liga MX (Apertura) tie with home team Universidad Nacional.
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Universidad Nacional enter this game following a 2-2 Liga MX (Apertura) drawn match versus Toluca.
In that match, Universidad Nacional had 38% possession and 19 shots at goal with 8 on target. For Universidad Nacional, the goals were scored by Juan Ignacio Dinenno (36') and Julio González (96'). At the other end, Toluca got 13 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Jean Meneses (66', 77') scored for Toluca.
Matches involving Universidad Nacional have often been absorbing affairs of late with plenty of scoring the rule rather than the exception. Over their past 6 games alone, a total of 21 goals have been recorded for both sides combined (at an average of 3.5 goals per game) with 9 of them being chalked up by Universidad Nacional.
Going into this one, Universidad Nacional have not been beaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
Cruz Azul come into this clash following on from a 2-1 Liga MX (Apertura) win with the downing of León in their most recent game.
In that match, Cruz Azul managed 56% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 5 on target. For Cruz Azul, the goalscorers were Rodrigo Huescas (57' Own goal), Michael Estrada (82') and Alonso Escoboza (90'). León had 7 attempts on goal with 1 on target.
In a total of 5 of the previous 6 clashes involving Cruz Azul, a minimum of three goals have gone in. The overall average goals scored per match in that time is 4, with the average number of goals for Cruz Azul working out to 1.67. We will have to see whether or not that trend will end up being continued on in this game.
Coming into this contest, Cruz Azul are without an away win for the past 6 league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their most recent head to head meetings stretching back to 07/12/2020 shows that Universidad Nacional have won 3 of these games & Cruz Azul 2, with the number of drawn matches being 1.
An aggregate of 18 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 11 for Pumas and 7 created by La Máquina Azul. That’s an average goals per game of 3.
Team News: Universidad Nacional
The Universidad Nacional boss Andres Lillini will be thankful to have no fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this game with a fully healthy group to pick from.
It looks as if Pumas will possibly use the 4-4-2 formation for the game with Julio González, Pablo Bennevendo, A. Ortiz Martínez, Nicolas Freire, Adrian Aldrete, Eduardo Salvio, Daniel Alves, César Huerta, José Caicedo, Juan Ignacio Dinenno and Gustavo Del Prete.
Team News: Cruz Azul
Cruz Azul manager Diego Aguirre has some current player fitness concerns. Alejandro Mayorga (Nose surgery) and Juan Escobar (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) won’t be making appearances.
We’re of the thinking that La Máquina Azul appear most likely to utilise a 4-2-3-1 formation with a starting lineup of J. de Jesus, Ignacio Rivero, J. Cesar Dominguez, Ramiro Funes Mori, R. Guerrero Ramirez, Erik Lira, Angel Romero, Uriel Antuna, Gonzalo Carneiro, Carlos Rodriguez and Rodrigo Huescas.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Cruz Azul will need to put in a solid display to score against this Universidad Nacional lineup who we reckon will do enough to score at the other end and edge ahead.
We’re therefore seeing a very even match with a 1-0 win for Universidad Nacional at the conclusion of the game.
Should be a close one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico Universitario (58,445)
Chairman: Leopoldo Silva
Manager: Andres Lillini
Competitions: Liga MX (Apertura) position 15
🔑 Key Man: Juan Ignacio Dinenno
Mostly played in the Striker position, Juan Ignacio Dinenno was born in Argentina. Having made a first senior appearance for Racing Club in the 2013 - 2014 season, the goalscoring Forward has managed 3 league goals in this Liga MX (Clausura) 2021 - 2022 season so far from a total of 13 appearances.