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Cruz Azul vs Tigres Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks

  • Cruz Azul’s backline should keep this high-profile encounter a close one
  • Up top, Cruz Azul likely won’t have enough to chase a huge win
  • A tie wouldn’t be far from the usual result for Tigres

Cruz Azul vs Tigres Odds

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Team Match Winner
Cruz Azul win +120
Tie +205
Tigres win +225

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Cruz Azul Vs Tigres

Cruz Azul vs Tigres Picks

We undoubtedly have a Liga MX playoff preview here between Cruz Azul and Tigres.

Both powerhouses within Mexico’s first division, the match will be a fascinating test for the two clubs who are looking to break into the top four places of the regular season standings.

There’s much to like from both teams, and while Tigres boast a stronger attack, Cruz Azul have a more dependable defense.

At the Estadio Azteca, it’ll be a tight match between the squads that have plenty of marquee names within the setup.

This’ll be a close one.

Pick the tie for Cruz Azul vs Tigres. (+205)

Cruz Azul vs Tigres Prediction

How has the 2021 Apertura gone so far for Tigres and Cruz Azul?

For Tigres, cautious optimism is probably the best way of summarizing their first 12 games of the tournament.

Under the management of Miguel “Piojo” Herrera, Tigres have gradually made progress as a side that rarely lose, but also don’t have enough wins to be sitting near the top of the table.

As for Cruz Azul, the current title-holders share somewhat of a similar story as they’ve moved in and out of the occasional win and plenty of draws.

That said, the good news for Cruz Azul is that it appears as though their defense is improving.

Which is promising for this Saturday…

Cruz Azul Could Silence Tigres’ Attack

Part of what made Cruz Azul such a difficult side to face last season was their ability to constantly scrape by with narrow 1-0 wins.

With a sturdy backline, they seemed to prioritize shutting teams out while securing or defending a narrow lead.

Currently recovering from their championship hangover, Cruz Azul have rediscovered their defensive ways that have only allowed nine goals in 11 games.

In their last six, they’ve been just as reliable with only four goals allowed.

It’s a good trend for Cruz Azul, and even up against a threatening Tigres attack, they should have no trouble keeping them scoreless or held to just one goal.

Up Top, Cruz Azul Might Not Have Enough To Secure A Win

Nonetheless, one thing Cruz Azul have yet to resolve is their old scoring ways.

Leading attacker Jonathan “Cabecita” Rodriguez hasn’t been at 100% since recovering from his injury, and in support, you have plenty of starters who have been hit or miss.

For all of their work rate and their talents, both Santiago Gimenez and Bryan Angulo — who lead Cruz Azul in scoring — only have four goals apiece.

Elsewhere, it has been difficult to rely on other names who can provide consistent goals.

Ties Have Become The Norm For Tigres

With all of this in mind, another tie could be in the works for Tigres.

In their last six games, Tigres have amassed four ties in their Liga MX matches.

Currently in the midst of what appears to be an attempt to find his best XI or approach, Herrera has often found himself holding onto draws or chasing equalizers.

It’s not the worst spot to be in, and even if they claim another point, that’ll be one step closer towards a playoff position that isn’t too far from reach.

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How to Watch Cruz Azul vs Tigres

Cruz Azul vs Tigres Information
Teams Cruz Azul vs Tigres
Location Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)
Time Saturday, October 16th at 7:00pm PT/10:00pm ET
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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. Email: [email protected]

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