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

THE FACTS

When does Toluca vs Cruz Azul kick off? Sunday 2nd February, 2020 – 18:00 (UK)

Where is Toluca vs Cruz Azul being played? Estadio Nemesio Diez

What TV channel is Toluca vs Cruz Azul on? TUDN, TUDN USA, Univision

Where can I stream Toluca vs Cruz Azul? TUDN En Vivo, Univision NOW

Where can I get tickets for Toluca vs Cruz Azul? https://www.boletostolucafc.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=161

THE TEAM NEWS

TOLUCA

  • Toluca might be coming off a win over Atlas in the Copa MX earlier this week, but that result ended a three-game winless run in all competitions – including going two straight games without a win in Liga MX play. The defence has been Toluca’s Achilles heel so far since they have conceded multiple goals in each of their last four matches in all competitions.
  • Los Diablos Rojos will be without veteran centre-back Fernando Tobio, who has been dealing with an injury for quite a while now. Alan Medina should be sidelined as well since he’s dealing with a broken leg, and he is likely to miss most of the season.

Expected starting XI: Alfredo Talavera; Rodrigo Salinas, Anibal Chala, Adrian Mora, Luis Donaldo Hernandez; William Da Silva, Antonio Rios; Felipe Pardo, Leonardo Fernandez, Pedro Alexis Canelo; Emanuel Gigliotti

CRUZ AZUL

  • Cruz Azul started the 2020 Clausura campaign with back-to-back losses, but they have bounced back admirably with a 3-0 home win over Santos Laguna the last time out. Having said that, Cruz Azul have lost three of their last five game while going winless in each of their last five road league games (D2, L3).
  • Orbelin Pineda will be suspended for this game since he was sent off in the previous contest. Gerardo Flores, Yoshimar Yotun and Milton Caraglio are dealing with injuries, and the last two should be considered starters if fit. Sebastian Jurado is also dealing with a hamstring issue.

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

THE PREDICTION

Cruz Azul showed signs of a potential turnaround when they registered a 3-0 win over Santos Laguna the last time out, and now it’s time for them to establish that rise playing on the road where recent matches haven’t gone their way. Toluca have also been inconsistent at home, and both teams have been facing defensive problems of late. Recent history suggests this could be a low-scoring affair since the last eight games between these two sides have produced under 2.5 goals, and Cruz Azul have not lost to Toluca in each of their last six meetings – two wins and four draws. That run should continue here, although all signs point to a draw.

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