Cruz Azul vs Tigres Prediction, Odds & Picks
- Keep faith in Cruz Azul after their latest exploits away from home
- For all of their attacking output, there’s still plenty that’s left to be desired from Tigres’ backline
- Nobody, not even Tigres, can stop Cruz Azul’s Jonathan Rodriguez
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Cruz Azul vs Tigres Odds
Cruz Azul vs Tigres Predictions and Picks
Cruz Azul, at the moment, has looked far superior to Tigres. Although Tigres should have had the upper hand in Thursday’s first leg of their quarterfinal series, Cruz Azul stood tall with an assertive 3-1 away win earlier this week.
Tigres are struggling, and despite the fact that they could end up getting a goal or two this weekend, Cruz Azul has been brilliant with the way that they have responded to Tigres’ efforts.
Cruz Azul for the win.
How to Watch Cruz Azul vs Tigres
|Cruz Azul vs Tigres Information|
|What||Cruz Azul vs Tigres|
|Where||Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|When||Sunday, November 29th at 7:30 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
Many of us (including myself) believed that Tigres could get the job done against Cruz Azul earlier this week. Ahead of the first leg of the Liga MX quarterfinals, it wasn’t out of the ordinary to find many Mexican soccer fans and media that backed Tigres, who have been the most dominant team in Mexico’s first division within the last 10 years.
Nevertheless, it was Cruz Azul who stole the show on Thursday night. Regardless of the fact that Tigres dominated possession and launched more shots in the game, it was Cruz Azul who proved to be more efficient with their finishing and chance creation.
While Tigres hopelessly watched them counter, Cruz Azul scored three goals within the first 71st minutes of the match.
Granted, Tigres could still bounce back, but after watching their latest encounter, the advantage now heavily leans towards their quarterfinal opponents who seem to have already got the job done…
Cruz Azul Already Exceeded Expectations Away From Home
Let’s take a moment to give Cruz Azul some praise for what they accomplished in their latest away game. Keeping in mind that Tigres have just one loss at home so far this season, Cruz Azul should be applauded for their attacking efforts that ultimately clinched a much-needed win.
Which says plenty about a squad that hasn’t exactly been at their best away from familiar territory. With four wins, one draw, and four losses in away games this season, consistency wasn’t exactly a characteristic that you would associate Cruz Azul with in the last few months.
But regardless of what has happened in recent games, they not only earned a win earlier this week but also scored three away goals against one of the best defensive teams in the region.
If they can do that outside of their home ground, anything should be possible once they return to the Estadio Azteca this Sunday.
Tigres Appear Vulnerable In The Heart Of Their Defense
There’s no lack of compliments when it comes to Tigres’ roster. Their attack is arguably the best in the Western Hemisphere, their midfield is capable of representing a Liga MX All-Star team and their defense…well, that’s another story.
Without Hugo Ayala — who earned a red card last week — Tigres were left with Diego Reyes and Fernando Meza in the heart of their backline against Tigres. Meza himself is already a liability, but with the introduction of a fading star like Reyes, there was no doubt that the two players would team up to create their starting XI’s most apparent weak-link.
And even if Ayala is immediately placed back into the XI this weekend, we shouldn’t forget that the former starting player scored an own-goal and earned a red card in his last appearance.
As seen on Thursday, there’s much work that needs to be done to improve Tigres’ backline.
Nobody Can Stop Cruz Azul’s Jonathan Rodriguez
It’s a basic but obvious argument: Jonathan Rodriguez can single-handedly win a game.
After scoring more goals than any other player in the latest Liga MX regular season, the Uruguayan striker wasted no time in Cruz Azul’s latest win with a goal and assist in the result.
Few players can stop the pacey and aggressive player, and after Tigres failed to do much to hinder his efforts, there’s every reason to believe that Rodriguez will once again be a catalyst in Cruz Azul’s attack this Sunday.
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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]