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

THE FACTS

When does Cruz Azul vs Pachuca kick off? Saturday 8th February, 2020 – 23:00 (UK)

Where is Cruz Azul vs Pachuca being played? Estadio Azteca

What TV channel is Cruz Azul vs Pachuca on? ESPN 2 Norte, TUDN

Where can I stream Cruz Azul vs Pachuca? ESPN Play Norte, TUDN En Vivo, Univision NOW

Where can I get tickets for Cruz Azul vs Pachuca? https://www.ticketmaster.com.mx/cruz-azul-v-pachuca-torneo-clausura-2020-mexico-08-02-2020/event/140056BEE99B0BF3

THE TEAM NEWS

CRUZ AZUL

  • Cruz Azul are coming off a 3-3 draw against Toluca and that result extended their undefeated run to two games, while scoring exactly three goals in each of those contests. That’s a good way to bounce back after starting the Clausura campaign with back-to-back losses, so they seem to be trending in the right direction now.
  • Cruz Azul should be relatively healthy entering this matchup. Their lone confirmed absentee will be striker Milton Caraglio, who continues to rehab from a hand injury that will keep him sidelined for the next six to eight weeks. There’s also a doubt in whether they will start Jose Corona or Sebastian Jurado between the posts.

Expected starting XI: Jose de Jesus Corona (Sebastian Jurado); Pablo Aguilar, Julio Cesar Dominguez, Igor Lichnovsky, Adrian Aldrete; Rafael Miranda Baca, Luis Romo; Elias Hernandez, Roberto Alvarado, Jonathan Rodriguez; Santiago Gimenez

PACHUCA

  • Pachuca have been playing well of late and they enter this game on the heels of a two-game winning streak in all competitions, posting a 2-0 win over Tigres UANL in their most recent league match.
  • Eugenio Pizzuto and Emmanuel Garcia Vaca have both been ruled out of this match due to injury, and neither is expected to recover any time soon. Both are long-term absentees, however, so Pachuca shouldn’t miss them much.

Expected starting XI: Alfonso Blanco; Raul Lopez Gomez, Gustavo Cabral, Oscar Murillo, Miguel Angel Tapias; Erick Aguirre, Luis Chavez, Jorge Daniel Hernandez, Rubens Sambueza, Victor Davila; Colin Kazim-Richards

THE PREDICTION

At least on paper and when it comes to form, these two sides share identical Clausura records of just one win in four matches (W1, D1, L2) although Cruz Azul have been far more efficient on the attacking end with eight goals scored against Pachuca’s three. The home/away splits might be decisive, however, as the home team in this H2H fixture is undefeated in each of the last eight games, including five straight wins for the home side – regardless of which team is hosting. Therefore, Cruz Azul should be slight favourites under the support of their fanbase.

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