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● Queretaro FC have drawn three out of their last five games, including their last match, and are 17th on the table
● Cruz Azul have won four out of their last five matches and are currently 8th on the table
● In the Apertura season, when these two sides met, Cruz Azul defeated Queretaro FC 2-1
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Queretaro FC have registered only one win so far this season, and that came three matches ago when the side shocked Deportivo Toluca 1-0. After that, Queretaro FC suffered a 2-0 defeat against Atletico de San Luis before holding FC Juarez to a 2-2 draw.
Cruz Azul are in stunning form as they have beaten Atlas FC, FC Juarez, Pumas UNAM, and Atletico de San Luis in their last five matches. All wins have been earned by a one-goal margin and Cruz Azul have kept a clean sheet in all. Their only defeat was sandwiched by these wins and came against Mazatlan FC.
This will be a crucial fixture for Cruz Azul to consolidate their position in the playoff race but Queretaro FC, despite their league position, are a tough nut to crack and have already frustrated quite a few opponents this season and are likely to do the same to Cruz Azul.
In 26 Liga MX encounters between the two sides, 14 have gone in favor of Cruz Azul, and Queretaro FC have won eight times. Only four games ended in a draw, with the last one coming in the second leg of the Apertura playoffs of 2018, which saw Cruz Azul advance with a better aggregate score.
In the last five matches between these two sides, Cruz Azul have won four times, while Queretaro FC’s last win came in the 2019 Apertura season. In those five games, Cruz Azul have scored nine goals and conceded just three.
Queretaro FC do not have a prolific home record against Cruz Azul. In 13 home games, Queretaro FC have only won five times, while Cruz Azul have won on six occasions. Only two games have ended in draws.
Queretaro FC are 17th on the table, but they are still within striking range of the final qualifying spot of the Liga MX playoffs. Queretaro FC have taken nine points from 11 games and are three points behind Atlas FC, who are currently in the final playoff spot after earning 12 points from 12 games.
The hosts just have one win this season and already matched their final points tally of the Apertura season and are five points clear of the bottom of the table - a position in which they finished in the Apertura season.
Queretaro FC have already shocked Deportivo Toluca this season, and there could be more upsets on the card as Queretaro FC inch closer to the playoff spots. The next opportunity to do the same will come against Cruz Azul.
In eleven games so far this season, Queretaro have only scored nine goals. While they have matched the total points tally they accumulated during the Apertura season, they have been shy in front of goal this season.
Queretaro FC have scored nine goals so far and conceded a whopping 17, bringing their goal difference down to -8. They have scored the least number of goals in the Clausura season as Mazatlan FC, who are at the bottom of the table, have scored four more goals.
After scoring four goals each, Angel Sepulveda and Ariel Nahuelpan were the joint top scorers for the club in the Apertura season. This season, Queretaro FC are without Nahuelpan, who joined Mazatlan FC during the transfer window, while Sepulveda has only scored a solitary goal so far.
In the Apertura season, Pablo Barrera popped up with four assists and a solitary goal and made a significant contribution to the 18-goal season Queretaro FC were involved in. This season has been challenging for all attacking players of Queretaro FC.
However, Pablo Barrera is still trying to make his mark and has nabbed two goals and an assist so far from the right flank. Midfielder Rodrigo Lopez has scored two goals and is the club’s top scorer with Barrera as things stand.
After 11 games, Cruz Azul is in 8th place on the table with 16 points and a game in hand. A win will not see them jump up a spot but will pull them four points clear of ninth-placed Santos Laguna.
As things stand, Cruz Azul are five points behind CD Guadalajara. Three points will bring that deficit down to two and put Cruz Azul in a comfortable position with five games to go. After the game against Queretaro FC, Cruz Azul have a series of tricky fixtures.
In the next four games, Cruz Azul will take on strong teams, and the majority of them will be competing for the title. Games against Pachuca CF, Club Leon, Club America, and CD Guadalajara. This makes the game against Queretaro FC a must-win for Cruz Azul.
Amongst all teams that are currently occupying the playoff spots in Liga MX, Cruz Azul have scored the fewest goals. In 11 games, the club has only managed to net 12, while conceding 13 in the process.
Santiago Gimenez was the club’s top scorer in the Apertura season after scoring five goals. However, the striker joined Feyenoord after his short stint with Cruz Azul and the club are clearly missing the 21-year-old.
Gonzalo Carneiro and Michael Estrada chipped in with three goals each but both players have failed to impress this season. Carneiro has scored once in seven appearances, while Estrada has played nine games and is yet to get off the mark.
Uriel Antuna and Carlos Rodriguez were one of the best players for Queretaro FC during the Apertura season. Both players bagged three goals each, while Antuna also pocketed a couple of assists.
This season, as things stand, Antuna is the top scorer with three goals, while Rodriguez has assisted three and scored two. Cruz Azul have relied on this duo for the majority of their goals this season and that will not change in the next match against Queretaro FC.
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● Teams: Queretaro FC vs Cruz Azul
● Location: Estadio La Corregidora
● Time: Wednesday, March 29 at 11:05 pm ET
● How to watch: Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes
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