Defending champions Cruz Azul will be looking to climb up Liga MX’s Apertura table when they welcome Leon to Mexico City on Thursday at 3am (UK time).
Juan Reynoso’s La Maquina currently sit just outside the top four by one point, which is the exact same predicament for Ariel Holan’s Los Panzas Verdes. To say that this showdown at the Estadio Azteca is a proverbial six-pointer, therefore, would be a huge understatement. A win either way would carry the clubs up to third.
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Cruz Azul vs Leon build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Although Cruz Azul have only suffered two defeats this season after 15 matches, making them the side with the fewest losses, they have only sealed victory five times, making them Liga MX’s draw specialists for 2021 (eight stalemates). La Maquina are defensively sound, resilient and just coming off the back of a 2-1 win against current table-toppers Club America, extending their unbeaten run to seven games.
Leon meanwhile find themselves neck and neck with Cruz Azul in the table, but they have won just two of their last 10 games, so the onus on getting back to triumphant ways is huge here. Only goal difference separates the sides, so for Holan to mastermind an elevation in the table, he will need to outfox Reynoso in the opposite dugout and clinch Los Panzas Verdes’ seventh win of the season.
- Cruz Azul (vs Club America): Corona; Escobar, Dominguez, Aguilar, Rivero; Romo, Baca, Alvarado, Fernandez, Pineda; Gimenez.
- Leon (vs Deportivo Toluca): Cota; Mosquera, Barreiro, Tesillo, O Rodriguez; Colombatto, J Rodriguez, Mena, Fernandez, Meneses; Davila.
Player to watch: Santiago Gimenez (Cruz Azul)
Son of Cruz Azul legend and former Mexico international Christian Gimenez, 20-year-old Santiago is doing well to emulate his father’s final third exploits at the Estadio Azteca. He is currently his side’s top scorer this season with four goals to his name in just seven starts, and that burgeoning form has been recognised at international level, with the Argentina-born forward recently earning his first senior cap for El Tri, starting in the most recent friendly win over Ecuador at the backend of last month. He started the campaign like a house on fire but the goals have just started to dry up for Cruz Azul and he will be determined to get back to scoring ways, with the 20-year-old firing blanks in each of his previous seven games, a concerning run for a player of his potential and already-established star status at the club. With Leon defensively capable, having conceded just 14 goals in 15 games, this contest represents a fantastic opportunity for a goal-thirsty Gimenez to end his drought and once again rub shoulders with the competition’s high scorers.
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