Cruz Azul vs FC Juarez Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Cruz Azul can count on skilled bench options to reverse the tide after their latest defeat
- Star striker Jonathan Rodriguez should be compelled to bounce back and become a game-changer for Cruz Azul
- On the other end of the pitch, Juarez have little to show for their attacking prowess
Cruz Azul vs FC Juarez Odds
Cruz Azul vs FC Juarez Predictions and Picks
You won’t find many people who will be taking their chances on Juarez. Cruz Azul are vastly superior man-for-man when looking at both rosters, and with an unexpected recent loss in the mid-week batch of Liga MX games, it would be almost shocking to see them stumble twice in a row.
Cruz Azul for the win -155
How to Watch Cruz Azul vs FC Juarez
|Cruz Azul vs FC Juarez Information|
|What||Cruz Azul vs FC Juarez|
|Where||Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, August 15th at 8:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||TUDN|
After breezing through three undefeated matches to start the Liga MX season, Cruz Azul likely anticipated another win, or at least a draw, when they visited Queretaro on Wednesday. As one of the most underwhelming teams in recent years, and one that also depleted most of their roster, Queretaro are far below what you would consider a competitive Liga MX team.
And yet, they played like the one against Cruz Azul. Thanks to their brilliant backline, Queretaro weathered a Cruz Azul attacking storm and pulled out an astonishing 1-0 win over the Mexico City giants during the mid-week.
Battered and bruised, Cruz Azul will now attempt to compensate for their defeat with an intriguing battle against a club that has plenty to prove as well.
Juarez, for lack of a better word, has been average.
Five points in four games, a -1 goal differential and two matches in a row without a win reeks of a team that still has deficiencies to overcome. While optimists would point out that they are only two points behind Cruz Azul, pessimists would highlight the significant roster gap when comparing the team to Cruz Azul — and the ease with which the two-point difference could be pushed to five by the end of the weekend.
Cruz Azul Have A Wealth Of Backup Plans
Should Cruz Azul press the panic button after losing to Queretaro?
Not at all. Eager to make their own mark, the Mexico City team has an abundance of backups and fringe players who might be given a chance this weekend over a couple of underwhelming starters.
Talented names like Joaquin Martinez, Jose Ignacio Rivero, Yoshimar Yotun and Milton Caraglio — who are all arguably starters on any other given day — will now likely have a chance to lift up a Cruz Azul team that looked to be in the middle of an identity crisis against a defensive Queretaro.
A Moment Of Upcoming Redemption For Cruz Azul’s Jonathan Rodriguez
To say that Rodriguez, Cruz Azul’s star striker, played poorly, is a strange statement to make. Potentially the most lethal and breathtaking player in the league, the highly-skilled Uruguayan regularly obliterates defenses and takes charge in most games he is involved in.
That wasn’t the case against Queretaro. With only one shot on target and one completed dribble, Rodriguez looked frustrated with his performance in the 1-0 loss.
Even more shocking than two consecutive losses for Cruz Azul would be two poor showings in a row from Rodriguez. With plenty on the line after the defeat, expect the winger/striker to bounce back and help carry Cruz Azul to three points.
Juarez Has Little To Offer In Attack
In response, there isn’t much to be said of Juarez’s frontline.
Outside of Dario Lezcano and the inconsistent Eryc Castillo, one is left scratching their head when trying to spotlight highlight-worthy players that are able to threaten Cruz Azul.
The stats point to this problem as well.
At the time of writing, Juarez has the fifth-worst xG (expected goals) tally in the league and are at the very bottom of the table when looking at shots per 90 minutes.
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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.