2019-20 Mexican Liga MX – Cruz Azul vs Atlas Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Cruz Azul vs Atlas kick off? Saturday 11th January, 2020 – 23:00 (UK)

Where is Cruz Azul vs Atlas being played? Estadio Azteca (Mexico City)

What TV channel is Cruz Azul vs Atlas on? TUDN (Mexico, USA)

Where can I stream Cruz Azul vs Atlas? TUDN En Vivo, Univision NOW (USA only)

Where can I get tickets for Cruz Azul vs Atlas? https://intl.stubhub.com/cruz-azul-fc-vs-atlas-fc-liga-mx-tickets/ev1314849

THE TEAM NEWS

CRUZ AZUL

  • It’s safe to say Cruz Azul were one of the most disappointing teams of the Apertura campaign, as they built a title contender but ended missing the playoffs altogether. Cruz Azul ended the first half of the campaign in 12th place with 23 points, although they lost just one of their final four matches (W2, D1, L1).
  • La Maquina Cementera could be weakened defensively since Igor Lichnovsky is questionable due to a knee injury, while Luis Romo is suspended for this contest. In addition to that, Milton Caraglio will miss between eight to 12 weeks due to a broken hand. New signing Sebastian Jurado is expected to start and make his debut with the team.

Expected starting XI: Sebastian Jurado; Juan Escobar, Pablo Aguilar, Julio Cesar Dominguez, Adrian Aldrete; Elias Hernandez, Rafael Baca, Yoshimar Yotun, Guillermo Fernandez; Roberto Alvarado; Jonathan Dominguez

ATLAS

  • Atlas tried to mount a playoff push but faded away late in the season, and they failed miserably on their approach since they ended the Apertura campaign on a run of four straight losses. As a result, they finished the first half of the season in 14th place with 21 points.
  • Atlas signed several new players such as Luciano Acosta, German Conti and Ignacio Jeraldino, but they also lost a key member of their midfield since Osvaldo Martinez has left the side to join Puebla. In terms of absences, Atlas will be without Mauricio Cuero due to a suspension.

Expected starting XI: Camilo Vargas; Jesus Angulo, Hugo Nervo, German Conti, Jose Abella; Lorenzo Reyes, Manuel Balda; Jesus Isijara, Luciano Acosta, Edgar Zaldivar; Ignacio Jeraldino

THE PREDICTION

Both teams failed to qualify for the Apertura playoffs last year, but that’s where the similarities end for both clubs. Cruz Azul have lost just one of their last four matches, have a deeper squad and also strengthened themselves accordingly during the offseason. Meanwhile, Atlas ended the Apertura campaign on a run of four straight losses, lost their key playmaker in Osvaldo Martinez and while they added some nice players, neither looks like a game-changing presence. Cruz Azul also have the edge of playing at home, and that should be enough to consider them as favourites here.

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