Cruz Azul vs Club America Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Even if Cruz Azul run into problems, they can still rely on two of their skillful attackers
- America will likely be heading into the weekend with the noteworthy absence of an injured starting defender
- Looking at a handful of past Clasico Joven encounters, Cruz Azul has secured more success than their rivals
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Cruz Azul vs Club America Predictions and Picks
If not now, then when for Cruz Azul? Often the overlooked club that lives in the shadow of America, Cruz Azul is looking ready to once again claim a victory over their crosstown Mexico City rivals.
Although America will have some momentum after their latest Clasico Nacional victory over Chivas last week, pick Cruz Azul for the win.
Cruz Azul for the win +110
How to Watch Cruz Azul vs Club America
|Cruz Azul vs Club America Information|
|What||Cruz Azul vs Club America|
|Where||Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|When||Sunday, September 27th at 10:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
Up 2-0 on aggregate in the 2nd leg of the 2013 Clausura final against America, Cruz Azul was well on their way to another championship. That is until America scored in the 88th and 92nd minutes, somehow equalizing the scoreline at the dying moments. Then followed a scoreless period of extra-time and a penalty shoot-out that miraculously gifted a title to America.
While America continued to find success over the ensuing seasons, Cruz Azul would go on to suffer through more last-minute failures and epic collapses that began to define them. They appeared cursed.
That said, in recent years, Cruz Azul has started a new chapter. No longer the laughing stock of the league — and no longer being visited by a self-described witch who attempted to “cleanse” the club of its curse — Los Cementeros have been the best performing Mexican soccer team in 2020. Currently sitting at the top of the table, Cruz Azul has begun to compensate for the many woes that the team has accumulated.
Cruz Azul is riding high, and despite the good run of form that America have had themselves, Los Cementeros should be able to clinch a win.
Cruz Azul’s Attacking Duo Of Santiago Gimenez And Jonathan “Cabecita” Rodriguez Have Been Near-Perfect
Even when Cruz Azul has struggled defensively and has given up too much of the ball to the opposition, both Gimenez and Rodriguez have stepped up in support in the final third.
Gimenez, at just 19 years of age, has shown an immense amount of promise in a tournament that is beginning to look like his breakout season. With four goals and two assists, the Argentine-Mexican striker is arguably the best young player in his position.
And yet, it is Rodriguez who has truly stolen the headlines. Racking up an eye-catching total of 10 goals, the 27-year-old Uruguayan has been lights out and is the leading candidate for the league’s MVP award. Keeping in mind that he is currently in a run of form that contains five goals and an assist in just his last three matches, America should be extra cautious with their defensive approach.
Speaking of their defense…
America’s Backline Could Be Weakened This Sunday
It’s already bad enough to be missing a vital figure like Bruno Valdez. When it was announced earlier this season that the imposing defender was expected to be out for several months, worries began to mount regarding America’s defensive strength.
Those worries have only increased this week with the potential absence of another key player. At time of writing, central defender Emanuel Aguilera remains doubtful for this weekend’s Clasico Joven clash. As not only an aggressive leader in their own half of the field, but also an occasional goalscorer, America will have a noteworthy hole in their defense if Aguilera isn’t ready.
And if he isn’t fit, manager Miguel “Piojo” Herrera will more than likely need to utilized an unproven youngster like 19-year-old Ramon Juarez who still has much to prove at the Liga MX level.
Recent History Favors Cruz Azul
As mentioned earlier, America has tended to overshadow its Mexico City rivals. In fact, from early 2015 to May 9th of 2019, America went through a highly impressive 14-game undefeated streak against Cruz Azul in Liga MX matches.
Things have changed in the last year or so, and with a revamped and revived roster, Cruz Azul is now the superior team in town.
Los Cementeros has taken three wins in their previous three Liga MX meetings, including a 5-2 thrashing of America in October of 2019. If we’re including preseason tournaments, Cruz Azul was also able to clinch a statement-making 4-1 win against America this summer in July’s Copa Por Mexico competition.
Simply put: If we’re looking at trends, picking Cruz Azul for a victory is the easy answer.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast.