Juarez vs Mazatlan Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks
- Mazatlan have an outside chance of making it to the playoffs
- Juarez can finish no higher than 14th place this season and are the only team who aren’t in playoffs contention at the moment
- Juarez’s win earlier this week was the first time they picked up points in nearly 50 days
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Juarez vs Mazatlan Prediction
FC Juarez are rock bottom on the table while Mazatlan FC are two places above them. The home side have no chance of making it to the playoffs, but the away side still have an outside chance.
With just two games left this season, Juarez can get to a maximum of 17 points, while Toluca, the side sitting in the final playoff spot, already have 18. They can finish 13th at best, but will need Atletico San Luis to drop points and lose big in their last two matches. All of that will also be contingent on them themselves going on to win the rest of their matches and looks a tall order.
Mazatlan can still make it to the playoffs as they are just 3 points off Toluca. However, they too need a lot to go their way. They will have to win both their remaining matches and hope that the teams above drop points, something that will be a tantalizing wait with potentially nothing to show for. In essence, it may all be just beyond them for now.
With all that being the case, we expect this to be a very open game that has the potential to be, both, high-scoring as well as chock full of bookings. Mazatlan have most to play for and come into this game having won their last two matches. Juarez, on paper, has room for experimentation with nothing at stake. We’re leaning in the away side’s direction as a result.
FC Juarez Have Only Pride To Play For
Juarez have had a terrible season – and even that may be an understatement. They started off with two wins in three matches but have slipped rapidly since then. They went on a shocking 7-match losing streak, the kind of run that almost always results in being condemned to the absolute bottom of any league around the world.
Juarez defeated Club Necaxa on the opening weekend and seemed to have set a nice tone for their season. Diego Rolán scored in the second minute of the game before Ventura Alvarado’s own goal made it 1-1 two minutes after the break. Rolán had his penalty saved in the second half but managed to score from the rebound to make it 2-1 and seal the win.
They were handed a shock test by Cruz Azul in the next gameweek, as they were unable to do much with their possession. Cruz Azul scored in the 5th minute via Carlos Rodríguez. The goal then saw Cruz Azul sit deep and attack on the counter, and the tactic worked as they got more shots on target than their opponents.
Juarez bounced back to win at Atletico de San Luis 5 days later, but that was thanks to a late goal. Anderson Leite scored in the 82nd minute to make it 1-0, and that was enough for them to seal the three points.
From what seemed like a show from a potential top 4 side, Juarez went on a winless run. They lost 3-1 to Guadalajara, and that almost immediately seemed to be a massive dent to their confidence. A lackluster show saw them get a point against Santos Laguna after the game ended goalless.
Tigres UNAL then took a stunning 3-0 lead in the first half in the following game, but Juarez showed some fight to make a comeback. They fell short, and the game finished in a 3-2 loss, but there were signs of a possible rejuvenation in form. However, that was as good as an imaginary oasis in the desert, and they went on to draw against Puebla. The 1-1 draw was the last time they were picking up a point for 7 matches.
Juarez faced Club Leon, Atlas, Monterrey, Club Tijuana, Pumas UNAM, Club America, and Pachuca in their next 7 matches and lost every single one of them. To make things worse, they scored just 2 goals in those matches.
They did, however, finally manage to end the losing streak with a shock win over Toluca earlier this week. The rock bottom side scored via Gabriel Fernández in the 95th minute of the game to pick up their first points in nearly 50 days.
Even so, there is an extremely tiny likelihood that they will be finishing anywhere but last place.
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Mazatlan Need A Lot To Go Their Way
Mazatlan have had a somewhat similar season to Juarez, but without the theater of anything close to a 7-match losing streak. They have not been far off it, just managing to pick up a point here and there over the course of this season to still be in contention with two matches to go.
Just like Juarez, Mazatlan also started their season with two wins in their first three matches, although they lost their opening match 4-3 to Tigres UANL. They were 2-0 down at halftime but managed to pull level just after the hour mark. They could not stay level for long, and Tigres re-took their 2-goal lead in the 78th minute. Miguel Sansores scored one in injury time, but that was just another consolation in a 4-3 loss they might still be thinking wistfully about as they count their points.
Club Tijuana were up next, and Mazatlan sprung a surprise. They won 2-0 thanks to goals from Nicolás Benedetti and Roberto Meraz – 2 minutes before the end of either half. The biggest surprise was the clean sheet more than the win.
They followed it up with a 2-1 win over Club America, and that too was part of an impressive performance that had us briefly wondering where their season might go. They were 2-0 up in the first half, and their opponents only managed to pull a goal back in injury time at the end of the game. However, they would have dropped points if it wasn’t for Jorge Padilla’s last-man foul in the 102nd minute of the game, although he was rightly sent off.
Mazatlan went on an 8-match winless streak from there though, and managed to collect just three points out of the possible 24. The disappointing run saw them slip down the table to where they are now, in 16th place and struggling to get into the playoffs. They were second from the bottom when April began but have now managed to move up after picking up wins over Atlas and Santos Laguna, which followed a draw against Cruz Azul. But this unbeaten streak could prove too little too late.
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How to Watch Juarez vs Mazatlan
|Juarez vs Mazatlan Information|
|Teams||Juarez vs Mazatlan|
|Location||Estadio Olímpico Benito Juarez|
|Time||Friday, April 22 at 10pm EST|
|How to watch||Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox DeportesPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes|
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Varun Shetty WSN
Varun is a web journalist who has been writing on sports for 13 years. He took a shine for the MLS during the 2021 season and has been following it and writing about it since, alongside his work involving the English Premier League, La Liga, and the Serie A. He is deeply interested in soccer analytics and strategy and has aspirations to move into coaching at some point. Email: [email protected]