Club America vs Cruz Azul
Start date: 18 Apr 2021 07:05
Location: Mexico City
Venue: Estadio Azteca
Referee: Fernando Guerrero Ramirez, Mexico
With only three games left in the Clausura title race, Club América and Cruz Azul are first and second – separated by just two points. The Clásico Joven rivals have pulled clear of third-placed Monterrey and one of them will win the title in the next few weeks.
As things stand, Cruz is in pole position and a win later will open up a five-point gap with two games remaining; a lead that will be virtually unassailable. If they get it over the line, it will be La Máquina’s first league title since 1997 and has been set up by them winning their last 11 games on the bounce.
In terms of team news, Club America will be without Jesus Lopez who fractured his fibula in the Olimpia game, and will also be without Chilean international Nicolas Castillo who is still recovering from the effects of a dangerous blood clot diagnosed back in January.
Cruz head into this game minus the services of Bryan Angulo, who misses out due to a ligament injury, but is the only notable name missing from Juan Reynoso’s squad, who himself is suspended from the dugout after getting sent off in their last league game, against Guadalajara, after an altercation with a match official.
When the odds are 2.63 the expected chance of winning is 38%, but this team actually wins 41% matches with these odds.
When the odds are 2.70 the expected chance of winning is 37%, but this team actually wins 54% matches with these odds.
Current Club América squad is:
Forwards: Roger Martínez, Giovani Dos Santos, Nicolás Castillo, Sergio Díaz, Henry Martín, Federico Viñas, Alfonso Sánchez
Midfielders: Pedro Aquino, Nicolás Benedetti, Richard Sánchez, Sebastián Córdova, Álvaro Fidalgo, Leonardo Suárez, Antonio López, Mauro Laínez, Alan Medina
Defenders: Bruno Valdez, Sebastián Cáceres, Jorge Sánchez, Emanuel Aguilera, Luis Fuentes, Alonso Escoboza, Ramón Juárez, Adrián Goransch, Jordan Silva, Bryan Colula
Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa, Óscar Jiménez, César Estrada.
Current Cruz Azul squad is:
Forwards: Jonathan Rodríguez, Santiago Giménez, Brayan Angulo, Misael Domínguez
Midfielders: Yoshimar Yotún, Roberto Alvarado, Orbelín Pineda, Luís Romo, Walter Montoya, Guillermo Fernández, Elías Hernández, José Rivero, Alexis Gutiérrez, Rafael Baca, Jaiber Jimenez
Defenders: Juan Escobar, Pablo Aguilar, Alexis Peña, Adrián Aldrete, Julio César Domínguez, Joaquín Martínez
Goalkeepers: Jesús Corona, Sebastián Jurado, Andrés Gudiño.