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Cruz Azul vs. Santos 5/27/2021 Liga MX Soccer Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Cruz Azul meets Santos on 5/27/2021.

Santos clashes with Cruz Azul in a Liga MX match. Cruz Azul with a record of 22.0-4.0-8.0 this season comes into this game with a 10.0-2.0-5.0 record on the road. Santos is 14.0-9.0-11.0 this season and is 11.0-4.0-2.0 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. Santos came away with a well-earned victory in their previous match and now set their sights on Cruz Azul at their home pitch.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five games for Santos and it is an opportunity to get rolling. How does Santos bounce back from a tough loss? They will get to answer that question on their home pitch against Cruz Azul.

The Cruz Azul Roster

The Players to Watch for the Cruz Azul

Juan Escobar DF

Juan Escobar has 33.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Juan Escobar has 15.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

Juan Escobar has 29 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, Juan Escobar had 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.

Juan Escobar has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Juan Escobar has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 46 fouls this season. He has drawn 29 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Julio Domínguez DF

As a shooter, Julio Domínguez had 13.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Julio Domínguez has 5.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Julio Domínguez had 30 goals 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 34 fouls this season. He has drawn 21 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Orbelín Pineda MF,FW

Orbelín Pineda has 42.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Orbelín Pineda has 12.0 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, Orbelín Pineda had 27 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Orbelín Pineda 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.

Orbelín Pineda has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Orbelín Pineda has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 34 fouls this season. He has drawn 64 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Jonathan Rodríguez FW

Jonathan Rodríguez has 106.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Jonathan Rodríguez has 48.0 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 29 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Jonathan Rodríguez has 21 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 10 Red Cards this season. He has committed 26 fouls this season. He has drawn 30 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Luis Romo MF

Luis Romo has 63.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Luis Romo has 15.0 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, Luis Romo had 27 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, Luis Romo had 2 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Luis Romo has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Luis Romo has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 44 fouls this season. He has drawn 35 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Adrián Aldrete DF

Adrián Aldrete has 14.0 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 Adrián Aldrete had 3.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

Adrián Aldrete has 23 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, Adrián Aldrete had 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Adrián Aldrete has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Adrián Aldrete has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 28 fouls this season. He has drawn 16 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Rafael Baca MF

As a shooter, Rafael Baca had 7.0 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 Rafael Baca had 1.0 shots on target this season. He does not have enough shots on goal to really be respected.

Rafael Baca has 21 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, Rafael Baca had 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Rafael Baca has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Rafael Baca has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 27 fouls this season. He has drawn 11 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Santiago Giménez FW

As a shooter, Santiago Giménez had 45.0 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 17.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

Santiago Giménez has 15 goals scored 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 34 fouls this season. He has drawn 26 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

The Santos Roster

The Players to Watch for the Santos

Dória DF

As a shooter, Dória had 47.0 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 9.0 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.

As a scorer, Dória had 33 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Santos teammates, Dória had 3 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Dória has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Dória has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 11 fouls this season. He has drawn 13 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Alan Cervantes MF

Alan Cervantes has 19.0 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 Alan Cervantes had 3.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Alan Cervantes had 29 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. 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 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 64 fouls this season. He has drawn 54 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Fernando Gorriarán MF

As a shooter, Fernando Gorriarán had 49.0 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 Fernando Gorriarán had 14.0 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 29 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Santos teammates, Fernando Gorriarán had 6 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 3 Yellow Cards this season. Fernando Gorriarán has 3 Red Cards this season. He has committed 53 fouls this season. He has drawn 76 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Félix Torres Caicedo DF

Félix Torres Caicedo has 14.0 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 Félix Torres Caicedo had 3.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

Félix Torres Caicedo has 19 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Santos teammates, Félix Torres Caicedo had 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Félix Torres Caicedo has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Félix Torres Caicedo has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 36 fouls this season. He has drawn 8 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

David Alfredo Andrade DF

David Alfredo Andrade has 15.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. David Alfredo Andrade has 6.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

David Alfredo Andrade has 16 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. David Alfredo Andrade has 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 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 16 fouls this season. He has drawn 10 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Juan Ferney Otero MF

Juan Ferney Otero has 47.0 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 Juan Ferney Otero had 16.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

Juan Ferney Otero has 16 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. Juan Ferney Otero has 3 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Juan Ferney Otero has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Juan Ferney Otero has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 27 fouls this season. He has drawn 37 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Hugo Isaác Rodríguez DF

Hugo Isaác Rodríguez has 19.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Hugo Isaác Rodríguez has 3.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Hugo Isaác Rodríguez had 16 goals this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. Hugo Isaác Rodríguez has 2 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Hugo Isaác Rodríguez has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Hugo Isaác Rodríguez has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 17 fouls this season. He has drawn 9 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Julio Furch FW,MF

As a shooter, Julio Furch had 2.0 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 Julio Furch had 2.0 shots on target this season. He does not have enough shots on goal to really be respected.

Julio Furch has 14 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Santos 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 3 Yellow Cards this season. Julio Furch has 4 Red Cards this season. He has committed 2 fouls this season. He has drawn 0 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Cruz Azul Team Stats

The Cruz Azul Offensive Stats and Metrics

Cruz Azul scored 1.21 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. This is an inconsistent offense that is capable of showing potency. Cruz Azul scored those goals off assists 83.0% of the time, which in per 90 minutes terms came out to 1.00 assists. This offense finds ways to score by sharing the ball and that is quite nice to watch.

Cruz Azul converted on 0.25 of attempted shots on goal. The shots generated from this offense would be deemed below average.

Cruz Azul attempted 4.82 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 32.8% 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

Cruz Azul gave up 0.59 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. This defense and goalkeeper have done a masterful job in preventing opponents from scoring goals. When it comes to the stress put on goalkeepers, 3.29 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 81.3% 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, 44.1% of games resulted in a clean sheet for Cruz Azul. Their ability to shut opponents out is extremely strong.







Cruz Azul Utility Stats

Per 90 minutes of action, Cruz Azul had 18.53 crosses of the ball on the pitch. Cruz Azul is in the top 28 percentile in crosses per 90 minutes. Cruz Azul has successfully intercepted 9.38 passes per 90 minutes of action. Cruz Azul is in the top 93 percentile in intercepted passes per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Cruz Azul commits 14.24 fouls. Cruz Azul is in the top 76 percentile in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Cruz Azul drew 11.97 fouls. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 62 percentile in the league in fouls drawn per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Cruz Azul committed an offside 1.26 times. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 13 percentile in the league in offside turnovers.

Santos Team Stats

The Santos Offensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Santos was able to score 0.97 goals. This is an inconsistent offense that is capable of showing potency. Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Santos was able to score 0.79 goals off assists. This offense does not always score off an assist, but they sometimes have more heroic moments.

Santos converted on 0.22 of attempted shots on goal. The shots generated from this offense would be deemed below average.

Santos attempted 4.38 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. If you think we have not discussed their ability to get shots on goal enough, you are wrong. Santos attempts more shots than their shots on target, often they are altered by defenders and from all their shots 30.1% of their shots ended up requiring a goalkeeper challenge. The shot quality of all shots attempted has been poor. Inefficient shot attempts are a problem.

Santos Defensive Stats and Metrics

Santos gave up 0.76 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. This defense and goalkeeper have done a masterful job in preventing opponents from scoring goals. When it comes to the stress put on goalkeepers, 4.03 shots were saved by Santos goalkeepers this season on a per 90 minute basis. There is room for improvement when it comes to preventing shots on target.

When it comes to the saves percentage, 79.6% of shots on target were saved by Santos goalkeepers. The defense and goalkeeper effort as a collective does an excellent job together forcing weaker shots on target and preventing shots from becoming goals. Santos goalkeepers were able to get a clean sheet 32.4% of the time. This defense and goalkeeping crew is capable of having a clean sheet, the consistency is just not there.

Santos Utility Stats

Per 90 minutes of action, Santos had 22.68 crosses of the ball on the pitch. Santos is in the top 6 percentile in crosses per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Santos had 11.94 interceptions. This puts Santos in the top 45 percentile in the league in interceptions per 90 minutes. Santos has committed 13.79 fouls per 90 minutes of action. This puts Santos in the top 67 percentile in the league in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Santos drew 15.15 fouls per 90 minutes of action. Santos is in the top 9 percentile in fouls drawn per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Santos committed an offside 1.15 times. Santos is in the top 7 percentile in offside calls against them.

Cruz Azul vs. Santos Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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