There’s another packed weekend of Liga MX action coming up and Pachuca look a solid bet to beat Cruz Azul and extend their lead at the top of Clausura
Who do Bettors Favor?
Pachuca went top of the Clausura after their latest win and check out the odds with the best online sportsbooks for their next game against Cruz Azul, we can see that they are big favorites. The home team is -120 while the visitors are priced at around +345 and the draw is available at +250.
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Puebla v Santos Laguna, 2022-03-19
Puebla slipped to defeat for the first time in Clausura when they lost 2-1 to San Luis last weekend, but they were arguably unlucky not to finish with at least a point. They had 22 shots on goal from 66% possession but had to settle for a late consolation goal from Martin Barragan.
They should be wary of underestimating their opponents here, as Santos Laguna go into this game having thrashed Club Tijuana 4-0 to record their third win in four. They also have a good record in this fixture, having avoided defeat in their last eight away games against these opponents. Still, the absence of away fans at all Liga MX games, due to the horrific violence at the Atlas v Monterrey match earlier this month, will tilt the balance further in favor of the home side and they can get back on track here.
Pumas UNAM v Necaxa, 2022-03-19
UNAM go into this game off the back of a dramatic CONCACAF Champions League victory over the New England Revolution on Thursday, in which they overhauled a 3-0 first-leg deficit before edging out the MLS side on penalties, to progress to the semi-finals.
Still, their league form has been less impressive. They are undefeated in their last two home games, but their record this season has been mixed to say the least. They’ve only won one of their last five in Clausura and have scored three goals in their last four games.
Necaxa’s form is not much better. Defensively they have been solid in recent games, but they’ve only managed to score four goals in six outings, which suggests we may not be in for an entertaining game here. The home side are marginally stronger, but their midweek exertions may have taken their toll, so the draw looks the best option here.
Tigres v Monterrey, 2022-03-20
Two in-form teams will meet at University Stadium this weekend in what promises to be a fascinating match-up. After going out in the semi-finals of the Apertura, Tigres strengthened their squad and although they got off to a slow start in Clausura, are now up to third and undefeated in six. They’ve also been providing plenty of entertainment for fans, scoring 17 and conceding 9 in that run.
Sunday’s opponents are also going well, only five points behind in the table, and have won their last three games. However, it is worth noting that those victories came against the league’s bottom three sides, Juarez, Club America, and Mazatlan. Their overall record is not that impressive, and although they have been solid defensively, scoring goals has been a problem.
Pachuca v Cruz Azul, 2022-03-20
Pachuca have won their last four in Clausura and go into this game top of the table with a game in hand on some of the teams below them, so will be confident of victory here.
Cruz Azul significantly reshaped their roster going into the second half of the season, but the results have been mixed. On the plus side, they are undefeated in four games on the road and have scored 11 goals in their last six league games. On the other hand, they’ve also conceded 11 over the same period, and have only two wins from their last five.
That inconsistency makes the visitors hard to predict, but Pachuca look to be in a strong vein of form and I think they are worthy favorites to win this one.
CF America v Toluca, 2022-03-20
Club America are having a nightmare season and go into this game having won only once in Clausura so far, having failed to win any of their last five home games.
Admittedly, Sunday’s visitors are not in great form either, having lost two of their last three, but that latest defeat against Pachuca can probably be forgiven and they should fare better against much poorer opponents here.
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