Mazatlan vs Cruz Azul Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Cruz Azul’s MVP has been lethal in front of the net this season
- Enriched with a number of different talents, Cruz Azul can rely on plenty of exciting players
- Mazatlan has yet to prove that they are an intimidating team in Liga MX
Mazatlan vs Cruz Azul Odds
Mazatlan vs Cruz Azul Predictions and Picks
In what should be an uphill battle (even at home) there isn’t much confidence for Mazatlan this week. Drifting through inconsistent results, Mazatlan have spent most of the Liga MX season near the middle and bottom of the league table.
And against a team like Cruz Azul, Mazatlan will likely continue to keep their residence outside of a playoff position.
Cruz Azul for the win +102
How to Watch Mazatlan vs Cruz Azul
|Mazatlan vs Cruz Azul Information|
|What||Mazatlan vs Cruz Azul|
|Where||Estadio de Mazatlan (Mazatlan, Mexico)|
|When||Friday, September 18th at 10:30 PM ET|
|How to Watch||TUDN|
What happens when arguably the best Mexican team of the year goes up against a newly established and uncertain Liga MX club? We’ll find out this Friday when league giants Cruz Azul take a trip to face off against the league’s latest addition, Mazatlan.
Mazatlan, for all of their social media hype and bombastic attitude online, have looked fairly modest on the field. With just two wins in their 10 games — and 16 goals allowed — the club has yet to imitate their grandiose and boisterous presence that they have on sites like Twitter and Instagram. While they’ve made plenty of waves off of the pitch, on it, Mazatlan still have much work to do in their debut season.
Cruz Azul, on the other hand, are clearly a well-oiled machine that appear ready for the playoffs. Blessed with talent throughout their starting roster and bench, the Mexico City team is currently sitting in 2nd place in the league table and only missing out on 1st through goal differential.
Their recipe for success? Before we detail some of the other important players that have stepped up for Cruz Azul, we must first focus on their MVP, striker Jonathan “Cabecita” Rodriguez.
Cabecita Rodriguez Has Been A Decisive Figure For Cruz Azul
It’s no wonder that he once played for Benfica and Deportivo La Coruña abroad. Pacey and powerful, Rodriguez has taken over Cruz Azul’s attack with his eight goals and one assist in just nine matches.
Capable of making the leap back to Europe, Cruz Azul should feel lucky that they are still holding onto the 27-year-old Uruguayan. Along with his speed and aggression, Rodriguez is also a clever dribbler who has incredible stamina. In short: He’s got plenty of tools that could damage Mazatlan’s defense.
Keeping in mind that Mazatlan have allowed countless goals fall into the back of their net, Rodriguez will have a good chance of creating threatening moments in the final third.
And if he doesn’t? Cruz Azul fortunately have numerous alternate options that they can rely on.
Cruz Azul Have A Plan A, B And C
What makes Cruz Azul so dangerous is their depth throughout their squad. Helping Rodriguez are incredibly skilled teammates like Luis Romo, Orbelin Pineda and veteran goalkeeper Jesus Corona.
Romo, for example, has shown the capability to connect with numerous different options in the attack. As a high-pressing midfielder, the Mexican has become a vital playmaker that has provided chances for not only Rodriguez, but also other members of Cruz Azul’s roster.
Looking at their bench in their previous 2-1 win over Club Tijuana, manager Robert Siboldi also had names like Elias Hernandez, Rafael Baca and Roberto Alvarado who would all easily be guaranteed starters for many Liga MX teams.
Mazatlan Are Far From A Team That Can Regularly Create Goalscoring Chances
When looking at xG (expected goals) across all of Liga MX, Mazatlan sit in second-to-last place with a meager tally of just 10.3. Why is it so low? Desperate to change their fortunes, Mazatlan are a team that frequently take feeble shots from non-dangerous positions that don’t hit the target.
Yes, the team should be praised for their ability to steal possession away from many of their opponents, but it’s fair to wonder what is the point if they can’t create good chances?
Recognizing this trend, much probably won’t change this Friday. Sharing a pitch with one of the top clubs in Mexico, Mazatlan are highly unlikely to defeat or even earn a tie against Cruz Azul.
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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.