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Cruz Azul vs. Club Santos Laguna 1/10/2021 Liga MX Soccer Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Cruz Azul challenges Club Santos Laguna on 1/10/2021 at 8:06PM

Club Santos Laguna meets Cruz Azul in a regular season match. Cruz Azul with a record of 9-2-6 this season comes into this game with a 4-1-4 record on the road. Club Santos Laguna is 7-4-6 this season and is 5-2-1 at home.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five matches for Cruz Azul and it is an opportunity to get rolling. An opportunity presents itself in this road match. They lost their previous match and hope to bounce back from the disappointing setback. What better place to turn the ship around for Club Santos Laguna than game on their home pitch?

It has been a mixed bag in the past five games for Club Santos Laguna and it is an opportunity to get rolling. They lost their previous match and hope to bounce back from the disappointing setback. What better place to turn the ship around for Club Santos Laguna than game on their home pitch?

The Cruz Azul Roster

The Players to Watch for the Cruz Azul

Adrián Aldrete DF

Adrián Aldrete has 10 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Adrián Aldrete has 1 shots on target this season. He does not have enough shots on goal to really be respected.

As a scorer, Adrián Aldrete had 16 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Cruz Azul teammates, Adrián Aldrete had 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Adrián Aldrete has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Adrián Aldrete has 4 Red Cards this season. He has committed 20 fouls this season. He has drawn 11 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Juan Escobar DF

As a shooter, Juan Escobar had 18 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Juan Escobar had 7 shots on target this season. Shots on target are a rarity for him, maybe he will fare better with his number of shots, shot selection or shot accuracy.

As a scorer, Juan Escobar had 15 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Juan Escobar has 2 assists this season. He has not been involved in setting up scoring opportunities this season as a distributor.

Juan Escobar has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Juan Escobar has 3 Red Cards this season. He has committed 28 fouls this season. He has drawn 14 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Orbelín Pineda MF,FW

Orbelín Pineda has 23 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Orbelín Pineda has 6 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

Orbelín Pineda has 14 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Cruz Azul teammates, Orbelín Pineda had 2 assists this season. He has not been involved in setting up scoring opportunities this season as a distributor.

Orbelín Pineda has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Orbelín Pineda has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 17 fouls this season. He has drawn 35 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Jonathan Rodríguez FW

As a shooter, Jonathan Rodríguez had 62 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Jonathan Rodríguez had 27 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

As a scorer, Jonathan Rodríguez had 15 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Jonathan Rodríguez has 12 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Jonathan Rodríguez has 7 Yellow Cards this season. Jonathan Rodríguez has 3 Red Cards this season. He has committed 18 fouls this season. He has drawn 12 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Luis Romo MF

Luis Romo has 38 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Luis Romo had 7 shots on target this season. Shots on target are a rarity for him, maybe he will fare better with his number of shots, shot selection or shot accuracy.

Luis Romo has 15 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Luis Romo has 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Luis Romo has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Luis Romo has 1 Red Cards this season. He has committed 20 fouls this season. He has drawn 13 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Julio Domínguez DF

As a shooter, Julio Domínguez had 10 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Julio Domínguez had 5 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

Julio Domínguez has 14 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Julio Domínguez has 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Julio Domínguez has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Julio Domínguez has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 11 fouls this season. He has drawn 10 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Igor Lichnovsky DF

As a shooter, Igor Lichnovsky had 7 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Igor Lichnovsky had 0 shots on target this season. Shots on target are a rarity for him, maybe he will fare better with his number of shots, shot selection or shot accuracy.

Igor Lichnovsky has 11 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Cruz Azul teammates, Igor Lichnovsky had 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Igor Lichnovsky has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Igor Lichnovsky has 5 Red Cards this season. He has committed 19 fouls this season. He has drawn 11 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Santiago Giménez FW

As a shooter, Santiago Giménez had 33 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Santiago Giménez had 13 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

As a scorer, Santiago Giménez had 9 goals this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. Santiago Giménez has 4 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Santiago Giménez has 1 Yellow Cards this season. Santiago Giménez has 1 Red Cards this season. He has committed 20 fouls this season. He has drawn 15 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

The Club Santos Laguna Roster

The Players to Watch for the Club Santos Laguna

Dória DF

As a shooter, Dória had 22 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Dória had 4 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

Dória has 16 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Club Santos Laguna teammates, Dória had 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Dória has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Dória has 1 Red Cards this season. He has committed 7 fouls this season. He has drawn 9 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Fernando Gorriarán MF,DF

Fernando Gorriarán has 27 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Fernando Gorriarán has 8 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

As a scorer, Fernando Gorriarán had 16 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Fernando Gorriarán has 4 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Fernando Gorriarán has 2 Yellow Cards this season. Fernando Gorriarán has 4 Red Cards this season. He has committed 38 fouls this season. He has drawn 34 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Julio Furch FW,MF

Julio Furch has 35 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Julio Furch has 15 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

Julio Furch has 14 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Club Santos Laguna teammates, Julio Furch had 5 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Julio Furch has 4 Yellow Cards this season. Julio Furch has 1 Red Cards this season. He has committed 20 fouls this season. He has drawn 27 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Hugo Isaác Rodríguez DF

Hugo Isaác Rodríguez has 18 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Hugo Isaác Rodríguez has 3 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Hugo Isaác Rodríguez had 14 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Club Santos Laguna teammates, Hugo Isaác Rodríguez had 2 assists this season. He has not been involved in setting up scoring opportunities this season as a distributor.

Hugo Isaác Rodríguez has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Hugo Isaác Rodríguez has 3 Red Cards this season. He has committed 14 fouls this season. He has drawn 8 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Alan Cervantes MF

Alan Cervantes has 8 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Alan Cervantes has 2 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

Alan Cervantes has 13 goals scored this season. He is not a goal-scorer, but maybe one day he will! Alan Cervantes has 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Alan Cervantes has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Alan Cervantes has 2 Red Cards this season. He has committed 29 fouls this season. He has drawn 25 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

David Alfredo Andrade DF

As a shooter, David Alfredo Andrade had 13 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. David Alfredo Andrade has 5 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

David Alfredo Andrade has 12 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Club Santos Laguna teammates, David Alfredo Andrade had 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

David Alfredo Andrade has 0 Yellow Cards this season. David Alfredo Andrade has 2 Red Cards this season. He has committed 13 fouls this season. He has drawn 8 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

José Van Rankin DF

As a shooter, José Van Rankin had 8 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. José Van Rankin has 3 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, José Van Rankin had 12 goals this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Club Santos Laguna teammates, José Van Rankin had 2 assists this season. He has not been involved in setting up scoring opportunities this season as a distributor.

José Van Rankin has 0 Yellow Cards this season. José Van Rankin has 2 Red Cards this season. He has committed 16 fouls this season. He has drawn 14 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Bryan Garnica MF

Bryan Garnica has 5 shots fired this season. He is not considered a threat to score, but he takes a share of shots. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Bryan Garnica had 2 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

Bryan Garnica has 9 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. Bryan Garnica has 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Bryan Garnica has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Bryan Garnica has 2 Red Cards this season. He has committed 8 fouls this season. He has drawn 23 fouls this season in Liga Mexicana action.

Cruz Azul Team Stats

The Cruz Azul Offensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Cruz Azul was able to score 2.12 goals. This is an inconsistent offense that is capable of showing potency. Cruz Azul scored those goals off assists 64.0% of the time, which in per 90 minutes terms came out to 1.35 assists. This offense does not always score off an assist, but they sometimes have more heroic moments.

Cruz Azul converted on 0.20 of attempted shots on goal. The shots generated from this offense would be deemed below average.

Cruz Azul attempted 5.35 shots on goal (penalty kicks excluded) per 90 minutes of regulation and stoppage action. This offense is a persistent threat to score with shots on goal. If you think we have not discussed their ability to get shots on goal enough, you are wrong. Cruz Azul attempts more shots than their shots on target, often they are altered by defenders and from all their shots 31.1% of their shots ended up requiring a goalkeeper challenge. The shots are not reaching the goalkeeper enough, they must improve.

Cruz Azul Defensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Cruz Azul was able to hold opponents to -3.0 goals. The defensive effort has been pitiful, maybe it will improve, but this is not working. Nobody should be proud of this. When it comes to the stress put on goalkeepers, 0.06 shots were saved by Cruz Azul goalkeepers this season on a per 90 minute basis. Shot prevention is the best first step to goal prevention. Cruz Azul truly gets it when it comes to this concept.

Cruz Azul goalkeepers were able to keep shots on goal from getting into the net 3900.0% of the time. Shots on goal tend to become goals against this porous defense and goalkeeping unit. When it comes to the clean sheet percentage, 6% of games resulted in a clean sheet for Cruz Azul. Their ability to shut opponents out is extremely strong.

Cruz Azul Utility Stats

Cruz Azul tried 1.41 crosses per 90 minutes of action. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 39 percentile in the league in crosses per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Cruz Azul had 21.06 interceptions. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 22 percentile in the league in interceptions per 90 minutes. Cruz Azul has committed 0.06 fouls per 90 minutes of action. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 47 percentile in the league in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Cruz Azul drew 14.0 fouls. Cruz Azul is in the top 72 percentile in fouls drawn per 90 minutes. Cruz Azul had opportunities spoiled by offside calls 11.41 times per 90 minutes of action. Cruz Azul is in the top 6 percentile in offside calls against them.

Club Santos Laguna Team Stats

The Club Santos Laguna Offensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Club Santos Laguna was able to score 2.18 goals. This is an inconsistent offense that is capable of showing potency. Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Club Santos Laguna was able to score 1.29 goals off assists. This offense does not always score off an assist, but they sometimes have more heroic moments.

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Club Santos Laguna was able to score on 0.21 of their shots on target. The shots generated from this offense would be deemed below average.

Club Santos Laguna attempted 4.71 shots on goal (penalty kicks excluded) per 90 minutes of regulation and stoppage action. This offense falls in the middle when it comes to the number of shots on goal they take per game. Continuing on the subject of shots on target, Club Santos Laguna is able to get 30.7% of their shots to be on goal(target). The shot quality of all shots attempted has been poor. Inefficient shot attempts are a problem.

Club Santos Laguna Defensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Club Santos Laguna was able to hold opponents to -4.22 goals. There is nothing remarkable about their defensive effort. This is a generally average defense. Club Santos Laguna goalkeepers fended off 0.07 shots per 90 minutes. There is room for improvement when it comes to preventing shots on target.

Club Santos Laguna goalkeepers were able to keep shots on goal from getting into the net 5600.0% of the time. The defense and goalkeeper effort as a collective does an excellent job together forcing weaker shots on target and preventing shots from becoming goals. When it comes to the clean sheet percentage, 5% of games resulted in a clean sheet for Club Santos Laguna. This defense and goalkeeping crew is capable of having a clean sheet, the consistency is just not there.

Club Santos Laguna Utility Stats

Per 90 minutes of action, Club Santos Laguna had 0.82 crosses of the ball on the pitch. Club Santos Laguna is in the top 92 percentile in crosses per 90 minutes. Club Santos Laguna has successfully intercepted 23.88 passes per 90 minutes of action. Club Santos Laguna is in the top 8 percentile in intercepted passes per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Club Santos Laguna commits 0.06 fouls. This puts Club Santos Laguna in the top 47 percentile in the league in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Club Santos Laguna drew 13.71 fouls. Club Santos Laguna is in the top 81 percentile in fouls drawn per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Club Santos Laguna committed an offside 14.47 times. This puts Club Santos Laguna in the top 81 percentile in the league in offside turnovers.

Cruz Azul vs. Club Santos Laguna Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Cruz Azul 2 Club Santos Laguna 1

Moneyline Pick: Cruz Azul +190 Heritage