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

THE FACTS

When does Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul kick off? Monday 11th November, 2019 – 00:45 (UK)

Where is Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul being played? Estadio Corona (Torreón)

What TV channel is Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul on? Fox Sports 2

Where can I stream Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul? Fox Sports Play (Mexico), FOX Deportes (USA)

Where can I get tickets for Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul? https://clubsantos.boletea.com.mx/ordertickets.asp?p=11

THE TEAM NEWS

SANTOS LAGUNA

  • Santos are coming off a huge 1-2, come-from-behind away win over Club America last time out thanks to two second-half goals. With that result, they have extended their undefeated Liga MX streak to four games. Los Guerreros have already ticketed a playoff berth while having a five-point lead at the top of the standings (33 points; W10, D3, L3) with two games left on the schedule.
  • Santos Laguna do not have confirmed absentees ahead of this contest, although goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco has been listed as doubtful. Considering their situation in the standings, there could be some degree of rotation in the starting XI to give rest to some of the key players such as Julio Furch, Matheus Doria or Brian Lozano, just to name a few.

Expected starting XI: Jonathan Orozco (Carlos Acevedo); Carlos Orrantía, Doria, Hugo Rodríguez, Gerardo Arteaga; Fernando Gorriarán, Ulises Rivas, Diego Valdés, Brian Lozano; Erick Castillo, Julio Furch

CRUZ AZUL

  • Cruz Azul might be coming off a big 1-0 home win over Leon last time out but they have a tough path if they want to sneak into the post-season. They sit in 13th place in the standings with 20 points (W4, D8, L4) and are four points adrift of a top 8 spot. They must win their remaining two games, something that’s easier said than done given their recent five-game form (W2, D1, L2).
  • Stephen Eustaquio remains a long-term absentee for La Maquina Cementera. Elias Hernandez (leg), Yoshimar Yotun (thigh) and Igor Lichnovsky (knee) have all resumed training, and all three will be game-time decisions for manager Robert Siboldi.

Expected starting XI: José de Jesús Corona; Juan Escobar, Pablo Aguilar, Julio César Domínguez, Adrián Aldrete; Orbelín Pineda, Rafael Baca, Javier Salas (Yoshimar Yotún), Roberto Alvarado; Milton Caraglio, Jonathan Rodríguez

THE PREDICTION

Santos Laguna are undefeated at home this season, winning all but one game (W7, D1) and averaging exactly three goals scored and conceding 0.6 per game at Estadio Corona. The hosts are also on a three-game winning streak at home and on a four-game undefeated run overall (W3, D1), so all signs point towards them as favourites. They should back that up easily, especially knowing Cruz Azul have been extremely inconsistent this season combined with the fact they have struggled away from home – only one win in eight matches and just three points taken out of their last 15 available on the road. Santos should win here rather comfortably.

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