Cruz Azul vs. Club Necaxa Prediction: Can Necaxa Close the Gap on Cruz Azul?

Written by: Angelo Zarra
Published March 15, 2024
4 min read

Estadio Ciudad de los Deportes will be the site where Cruz Azul will host Club Necaxa on Saturday. Currently sitting in sixth place, an upset away victory for Club Necaxa will get them to within one point from Cruz Azul. Head-to-head in their previous 20 meeting the hosts own a slight advantage, collecting eight wins and six draws. These two sides last met in the 2023 Apertura, which saw Cruz Azul prevail on the road winning 3-1 back in October.

Cruz Azul will look to get back on track after suffering a harsh result, trounced by Santos 3-0 in a fiery affair that saw two red cards being shown. With the defeat, La Máquina failed to find the back of the net in two consecutive away matches.

Meanwhile, Club Nacaxa, snapped their two-game winless run finding themselves victorious against San Luis winning 3-1 last weekend. For the sixth time in the Clausura, Los Rayos have managed to score two or more goals in a match.

Here, we will break down the betting odds and share our favourite picks for Cruz Azul vs. Club Necaxa.

Cruz Azul vs. Club Necaxa Betting Odds for Saturday, Mar. 16

Heading into Saturday evening's contest, both clubs are playing a splendid brand of soccer that’s producing goals. Both teams to score yes is favoured at -125, while no is -106. The two teams are currently in the same form finding the back of the net seven times in their last five competitions. It’s also worth recognizing that these two squads are averaging 1.6 and 1.5 goals per game, respectfully ranked sixth and seventh in the league.

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Cruz Azul vs. Club Necaxa Betting Prediction 

Cruz Azul

At home, Cruz Azul is a resilient group only losing once and conceding two goals in 6 matches. Of any home side in Liga MX, La Máquina owns the third-best goal differential at plus eight. Versus Club Necaxa as the visitors, Cruz Azul has only allowed the opposition to grab all three points once in the last seven occasions.

After a slow start to the Clausura, attacking winger Uriel Antuna is the player of focus heading into this tie. Leading the squad in goals with five, since the start of February, Antunq has not gone back-to-back matches without scoring a goal. Since he failed to find the back of the net last week, look for him to be a contributing factor in this clash.

Club Necaxa

Los Electricistas enters this bout ranked in the middle of the pack in the Clausura when it comes to away performances. They have picked up six points after five away showings. Impressively Necaxa is currently only one of five teams who have endured less than two losses on the road this year. Discipline will be a key factor if they have any shot at nabbing a road result, accumulating 29 yellow cards which is the third most by a team in that category.

Jose Paradela the highly talented attacking midfielder will be one of the deciding factors in how Club Necaxa performs on Saturday. In last weekends contest the Argentine appeared in 87 minutes of action were he was limited to one shot towards the target. There is no better time for the 25-year-old to break out of his slump as he has not featured on the scorer’s sheet in five straight matches.

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Cruz Azul vs. Club Necaxa - My Pick

These two sides could not be bigger polar opposites when it comes to both teams to score market. Cruz Azul has currently featured in three matches where both teams found the back of the net. On the other hand, Club Necaxa has almost perfected both teams to score market in this current campaign, with yes hitting 82 percent of the time.

Cruz Azul will be out with center-back Willer Aditya, due to being shown a straight red card in his previous appearance. With the line juggling going on and a key piece missing, that increases the chances that Cruz Azul could concede. The visiting team has shown that they are capable of bagging a goal averaging 1.6 goals scored on the road.

How to Watch Cruz Azul vs. Club Necaxa

  • When: Saturday, March 16, 7 p.m ET

  • Where: Estadio Ciudad de los Deportes

  • TV: Univision, Telemundo, Fox Sports, ESPN, Vix and Sling TV

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Angelo Zarra

Soccer Betting Analyst

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Hailing from the great white north in Canada, over the last 15 years, Angelo has been wagering on sports and, more specifically, the sport that’s in his blood, soccer. Well-versed in soccer leagues across the globe, keeping tabs on what’s happening in the world of soccer. Since 2022, Angelo has published MLS betting previews on various websites, including on Major League Soccer's official betting page for a short while. Through the power of social media, Angelo has been invited to talk soccer betting on national TV & radio on Sports Grid. In Angelo’s free time, he can be found walking his dog and lounging at home watching any game that's on while enjoying his second favourite thing after sports: food! 
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