Cruz Azul vs Club Necaxa Pick
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Cruz Azul Prediction
Cruz Azul finished the season badly and will now be trying to turn that around. They will be up against Club Necaxa who has won their four previous games and is in the finals.
Azul has performed well in the past against Necaxa and they will look to get this form back. The team has won the past three meetings and the league’s only defeat was when they met this season.
Club Necaxa is looking to continue the momentum built from the start of the season. They will also be trying to repeat the victory against Azul in league play and reach the quarterfinals.
Juan Escobar gave Cruz Azul the lead in February’s league. Club Necaxa dominated the game but needed to wait until the 84th minute to get the equalizer. The game was won by Milton Gimenez, who was also the goal scorer.
Rodrigo Aguirre stunned the Azul fans with a goal in the 95th minute of the game – a win that eventually went on to become the turning point in their season.
Cruz Azul Staggling for Momentum Going into Playoffs
Cruz Azul had been cruising through the league and was one of the favourites to challenge Tigres and Pachuca early in the season. They finished one point below the top 4 at the end of their season, but they fell apart.
They managed just five points in their five last matches. This is why they will be playing in the playoffs instead of sitting in the quarterfinals for automatic qualification. Juan Maximo Reynoso hopes that his players can quickly recover their form if they want to be crowned Liga MX champions. Their poor showing towards the end has been largely due to
Inconsistency. Azul did not manage to have a great unbeaten streak. The season started with three wins and one draw, but the results have been erratic. In the fifth game of season, they lost to Club Necaxa – the side that is battling for the quarterfinals.
They needed seven points in their five previous matches to be guaranteed a spot in the top 4. However, they failed to do so. They had a bad run but the draw against Mazatlan proved that they can play defensively while still getting results. Roberto Meraz’s goal for Mazatlan was enough to give his team a lead at halftime. Angel Romero scored Azul’s second goal just seconds later. Although they did manage to score a point with the goal, it was a disappointing decision.
Only four points from three games
Guadalajara were up next for Azul, and despite the away side going down to 10 men, Reynoso’s side could not get a point from the game. Alexis Vega received the red card in the middle of the second period. Cristian Calderon was the only goalcorer.
Still looking for six points in their three matches at Queretaro, Cruz Azul was determined to win. Pablo Aguilar scored the only goal of the game in the 74th minute, and that helped them seal the win.
With only two games remaining in the season, and three points to secure their top four spot, Azul faced Atletico De San Luis. This was an opponent that had been lingering about the playoff spots but required a win to be admitted.
Azul lost this game 1-0. Ricardo Chavez scored for San Luis and helped them seal their spot in the top 12, leaving Azul in a must-win situation against Club America.
It was a winner takes all situation as Cruz Azul and Club America were separated by only one point. A top four spot was awarded to the winner, and America would be guaranteed a draw if Puebla does not win. Although Azul couldn’t bring their best, they managed to draw a goalless match.
Club Necaxa This is the In-Form team that came into this Fixture
Club Necaxa had one of their best performances to date and secured a place in the playoffs. After only two wins in the first eight matches, they won five out of nine matches.
They needed to pick up at least seven points from their last five matches to get into the top 12, and they did it in fine fashion. After losing to Atlas in the first match, they bounced back and won three straight. Rodrigo Aguirre and Milton Gimenez scored braces in their next match. Necaxa wanted to avoid any slip-ups. It wasn’t all sweetness for the Necaxa as Heriberto de Jesus was sent away before German Berterame gave it an interesting ending with the scoreline of 4-2.
Necaxa won one of their most surprising wins in the next match against Tigres UANL. The home side had just 38 percent of the ball but managed five shots on target – more than double of what Tigres managed the whole game. They won a remarkable 2-0 victory thanks to Rodrigo Aguirre’s and Alonso Escoboza’s early goals.
Necaxa seal qualification early
Needing just a point from their last two matches to seal the top 12 spot, they were up against Puebla – another side that was looking to make it to the top 4. Milton Gimenez once more was on the scoresheet and Necaxa caught another huge fish. Two penalties were disallowed in VAR by Puebla, which eventually lost 1-0.
After struggling to make it to the top 12, Club Necaxa went into the final game of the season with a chance of making it to the top 4! They needed a big win over Guadalajara to finish on 26 points and knew they had to score at least five goals. They lost 1-0 this time, but it was not a miracle. Miguel Ponce scored the game’s lone goal for Guadalajara in the 89th minute, leaving Necaxa 9th in the league table after a stunning fightback in the season.
Jaime Lozano is looking to see more fights from his players as they begin their playoff games.
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How to Watch Cruz Azul vs Club Necaxa
Cruz Azul vs Club Necaxa Information Teams Cruz Azul vs Club Necaxa Location Estadio Azteca Time Saturday, May 7 at 6. 45pm EST How to watch Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes