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Pachuca vs. Cruz Azul 5/22/2021 Liga MX Soccer Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Pachuca meets Cruz Azul on 5/22/2021.

Cruz Azul takes on Pachuca in a Liga MX match. Pachuca 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. Cruz Azul is 22.0-4.0-8.0 this season and is 12.0-2.0-3.0 at home.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five matches for Pachuca and it is an opportunity to get rolling. An opportunity presents itself in this road match. Cruz Azul played to a draw in their last match. It is not a loss, but getting a home win is paramount. There are expectations that come with improved performance on a familiar pitch.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five games for Cruz Azul and it is an opportunity to get rolling. Cruz Azul played to a draw in their last match. It is not a loss, but getting a home win is paramount. There are expectations that come with improved performance on a familiar pitch.

The Pachuca Roster

The Players to Watch for the Pachuca

Gustavo Cabral DF

As a shooter, Gustavo Cabral had 14.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Gustavo Cabral has 8.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

Gustavo Cabral has 32 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Gustavo Cabral has 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Gustavo Cabral has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Gustavo Cabral has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 40 fouls this season. He has drawn 23 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Luis Chávez MF

As a shooter, Luis Chávez had 51.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Luis Chávez has 13.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

Luis Chávez has 27 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Luis Chávez has 2 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Luis Chávez has 1 Yellow Cards this season. Luis Chávez has 1 Red Cards this season. He has committed 28 fouls this season. He has drawn 33 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Érick Aguirre DF,MF

Érick Aguirre has 26.0 shots fired this season. His role is to not be a scoring threat, defenses are shutting him down quite easily and/or he is just a passive player when it comes to scoring attempts. Érick Aguirre has 8.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Érick Aguirre had 26 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Érick Aguirre has 2 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Érick Aguirre has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Érick Aguirre has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 27 fouls this season. He has drawn 9 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Óscar Murillo DF

Óscar Murillo has 15.0 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 Óscar Murillo had 6.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Óscar Murillo had 26 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Pachuca teammates, Óscar Murillo had 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Óscar Murillo has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Óscar Murillo has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 40 fouls this season. He has drawn 18 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Erick Sánchez MF

As a shooter, Erick Sánchez had 30.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Erick Sánchez has 7.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

Erick Sánchez has 28 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 Pachuca teammates, Erick Sánchez 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.

Erick Sánchez has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Erick Sánchez has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 39 fouls this season. He has drawn 64 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Kevin Álvarez DF

Kevin Álvarez has 16.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Kevin Álvarez has 4.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

Kevin Álvarez has 24 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 Pachuca teammates, Kevin Álvarez had 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Kevin Álvarez has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Kevin Álvarez has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 37 fouls this season. He has drawn 39 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Felipe Pardo MF,FW

As a shooter, Felipe Pardo had 30.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Felipe Pardo has 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.

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

Felipe Pardo has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Felipe Pardo has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 28 fouls this season. He has drawn 29 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Ismael Sosa MF,FW

As a shooter, Ismael Sosa had 34.0 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 Ismael Sosa had 13.0 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, Ismael Sosa had 20 goals this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. Ismael Sosa has 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.

Ismael Sosa has 3 Yellow Cards this season. Ismael Sosa has 3 Red Cards this season. He has committed 17 fouls this season. He has drawn 33 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

The Cruz Azul Roster

The Players to Watch for the Cruz Azul

Juan Escobar DF

As a shooter, Juan Escobar had 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. Juan Escobar 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.

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. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Cruz Azul teammates, Julio Domínguez had 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. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Orbelín Pineda had 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.

Orbelín Pineda has 27 goals scored 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. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Cruz Azul teammates, Jonathan Rodríguez had 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.

Luis Romo has 27 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, 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

As a shooter, Adrián Aldrete had 14.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Adrián Aldrete has 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. Rafael Baca has 1.0 shots on target this season. He does not have enough shots on goal to really be respected.

As a scorer, Rafael Baca had 21 goals this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. Rafael Baca has 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.

As a scorer, Santiago Giménez had 15 goals this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Cruz Azul teammates, Santiago Giménez 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.

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.

Pachuca Team Stats

The Pachuca Offensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Pachuca was able to score 0.82 goals. Offensively, they are quite disappointing in their ability to put the ball in the back of the net. Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Pachuca was able to score 0.59 goals off assists. This is not a team sets up goals off assists as often as others.

Pachuca converted on 0.20 of attempted shots on goal. One of two things are happening here, this is a team that is extremely able to take shots on goal or they are just taking poor shots.

Pachuca attempted 4.09 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. Pachuca attempts more shots than their shots on target, often they are altered by defenders and from all their shots 30.2% 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.

Pachuca Defensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Pachuca was able to hold opponents to 0.85 goals. This defense and goalkeeper have done a masterful job in preventing opponents from scoring goals. When it comes to the stress put on goalkeepers, 3.56 shots were saved by Pachuca 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, 76.0% of shots on target were saved by Pachuca 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. When it comes to the clean sheet percentage, 32.4% of games resulted in a clean sheet for Pachuca. This defense and goalkeeping crew is capable of having a clean sheet, the consistency is just not there.







Pachuca Utility Stats

Cruz Azul tried 18.53 crosses per 90 minutes of action. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 28 percentile in the league in crosses per 90 minutes. Cruz Azul has successfully intercepted 9.38 passes per 90 minutes of action. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 92 percentile in the league in interceptions per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Cruz Azul commits 14.24 fouls. Cruz Azul is in the top 75 percentile in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Cruz Azul drew 11.97 fouls per 90 minutes of action. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 62 percentile in the league in fouls drawn per 90 minutes. Cruz Azul had opportunities spoiled by offside calls 1.26 times per 90 minutes of action. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 13 percentile in the league in offside turnovers.

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 1.21 goals. 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.

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Cruz Azul was able to score on 0.25 of their shots on target. The shots generated from this offense would be deemed below average.

Since we are discussing shots on goal, Cruz Azul attempts 4.82 shots on target per 90 minutes of regulation. 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. Inconsistency in ensuring that their shot attempts become a true scoring threat has creeped in this season.

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.

When it comes to the saves percentage, 81.3% of shots on target were saved by Cruz Azul 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. 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. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 28 percentile in the league in crosses per 90 minutes. Cruz Azul has successfully intercepted 9.38 passes per 90 minutes of action. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 92 percentile in the league in interceptions per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Cruz Azul commits 14.24 fouls. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 75 percentile in the league in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Cruz Azul drew 11.97 fouls. Cruz Azul is in the top 62 percentile 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.

Pachuca vs. Cruz Azul Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Pachuca 1 Cruz Azul 2

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