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Pumas UNAM vs. Cruz Azul 12/3/2020 Liga MX Soccer Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Pumas UNAM clashes with Cruz Azul on 12/3/2020 at 10:00PM

Pumas UNAM meets Cruz Azul in a regular season match. Pumas UNAM with a record of 8-8-1 this season comes into this game with a 3-4-1 record on the road. Cruz Azul is 9-2-6 this season and is 5-1-2 at home.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five matches for Pumas UNAM and it is an opportunity to get rolling. An opportunity presents itself in this road match. In their previous match, Pumas UNAM came out with a draw and will look to chalk up a tally in the win column. Facing a hostile crowd or lack thereof (in person, but there will be virtual fans “present”) due to ongoing pandemic may be part of a winning recipe.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five games for Cruz Azul and it is an opportunity to get rolling. The bitter taste of disappointment is in the mouths of Cruz Azul after their previous game, which was a loss. However, there is an opportunity for redemption at home against Pumas UNAM.

The Pumas UNAM Roster

The Players to Watch for the Pumas UNAM

Carlos Gutiérrez MF,DF

As a shooter, Carlos Gutiérrez had 4 shots fired this season. Carlos Gutiérrez was ranked #115 in shots attempted this season in Liga MX. Carlos Gutiérrez has 2 shots on target this season. He was ranked #161 in shots on goal this season in Liga MX.

As a scorer, Carlos Gutiérrez had 0 goals this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Carlos Gutiérrez was ranked #314 in goals this season. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Pumas UNAM teammates, Carlos Gutiérrez had 2 assists this season. Stacking him up against other players in Liga MX, Carlos Gutiérrez was ranked #47 in assists this season.

Carlos Gutiérrez has 2 Yellow Cards this season. Carlos Gutiérrez has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 17 fouls this season. He has drawn 7 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Juan Ignacio Dinenno FW

Juan Ignacio Dinenno has 52 shots fired this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Juan Ignacio Dinenno was ranked #66 in shots attempted this season. Juan Ignacio Dinenno has 20 shots on target this season. He was ranked #136 in shots on goal this season in Liga MX.

Juan Ignacio Dinenno has 10 goals scored this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Juan Ignacio Dinenno was ranked #86 in goals this season. Juan Ignacio Dinenno has 1 assists this season. Juan Ignacio Dinenno was ranked #107 in assists this season in Liga MX League.

Juan Ignacio Dinenno has 5 Yellow Cards this season. Juan Ignacio Dinenno has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 20 fouls this season. He has drawn 18 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Johan Vásquez DF

As a shooter, Johan Vásquez had 13 shots fired this season. Johan Vásquez was ranked #312 in shots attempted this season in Liga MX. Johan Vásquez has 1 shots on target this season. He was ranked #266 in shots on goal this season in Liga MX.

Johan Vásquez has 1 goals scored this season. Johan Vásquez was ranked #125 in goals this season in Liga MX. Johan Vásquez has 1 assists this season. Johan Vásquez was ranked #107 in assists this season in Liga MX League.

Johan Vásquez has 5 Yellow Cards this season. Johan Vásquez has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 19 fouls this season. He has drawn 24 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Carlos González Espínola FW

As a shooter, Carlos González Espínola had 32 shots fired this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Carlos González Espínola was ranked #148 in shots attempted this season. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Carlos González Espínola had 15 shots on target this season. When compared to other players in Liga MX, Carlos González Espínola was ranked #194 in shots on goal this season.

Carlos González Espínola has 5 goals scored this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Carlos González Espínola was ranked #14 in goals this season. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Pumas UNAM teammates, Carlos González Espínola had 1 assists this season. Stacking him up against other players in Liga MX, Carlos González Espínola was ranked #107 in assists this season.

Carlos González Espínola has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Carlos González Espínola has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 20 fouls this season. He has drawn 28 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Juan Iturbe MF,FW

Juan Iturbe has 18 shots fired this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Juan Iturbe was ranked #268 in shots attempted this season. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Juan Iturbe had 4 shots on target this season. When compared to other players in Liga MX, Juan Iturbe was ranked #86 in shots on goal this season.

Juan Iturbe has 2 goals scored this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Juan Iturbe was ranked #69 in goals this season. Juan Iturbe has 1 assists this season. Juan Iturbe was ranked #107 in assists this season in Liga MX League.

Juan Iturbe has 5 Yellow Cards this season. Juan Iturbe has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 18 fouls this season. He has drawn 24 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Nicolás Freire DF

As a shooter, Nicolás Freire had 10 shots fired this season. Nicolás Freire was ranked #336 in shots attempted this season in Liga MX. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Nicolás Freire had 5 shots on target this season. When compared to other players in Liga MX, Nicolás Freire was ranked #63 in shots on goal this season.

As a scorer, Nicolás Freire had 1 goals this season. Nicolás Freire was ranked #125 in goals this season in Liga MX. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Pumas UNAM teammates, Nicolás Freire had 1 assists this season. Stacking him up against other players in Liga MX, Nicolás Freire was ranked #107 in assists this season.

Nicolás Freire has 4 Yellow Cards this season. Nicolás Freire has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 8 fouls this season. He has drawn 7 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Fabio Álvarez MF,FW

As a shooter, Fabio Álvarez had 18 shots fired this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Fabio Álvarez was ranked #268 in shots attempted this season. Fabio Álvarez has 2 shots on target this season. He was ranked #161 in shots on goal this season in Liga MX.

As a scorer, Fabio Álvarez had 1 goals this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Fabio Álvarez was ranked #125 in goals this season. Fabio Álvarez has 1 assists this season. Fabio Álvarez was ranked #107 in assists this season in Liga MX League.

Fabio Álvarez has 1 Yellow Cards this season. Fabio Álvarez has 1 Red Cards this season. He has committed 11 fouls this season. He has drawn 9 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Erik Lira MF

As a shooter, Erik Lira had 1 shots fired this season. Erik Lira was ranked #367 in shots attempted this season in Liga MX. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Erik Lira had 0 shots on target this season. When compared to other players in Liga MX, Erik Lira was ranked #387 in shots on goal this season.

As a scorer, Erik Lira had 0 goals this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Erik Lira was ranked #314 in goals this season. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Pumas UNAM teammates, Erik Lira had 1 assists this season. Stacking him up against other players in Liga MX, Erik Lira was ranked #107 in assists this season.

Erik Lira has 1 Yellow Cards this season. Erik Lira has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 7 fouls this season. He has drawn 15 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

The Cruz Azul Roster

The Players to Watch for the Cruz Azul

Adrián Aldrete DF

As a shooter, Adrián Aldrete had 10 shots fired this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Adrián Aldrete was ranked #336 in shots attempted this season. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Adrián Aldrete had 1 shots on target this season. When compared to other players in Liga MX, Adrián Aldrete was ranked #266 in shots on goal this season.

As a scorer, Adrián Aldrete had 0 goals this season. Adrián Aldrete was ranked #314 in goals this season in Liga MX. Adrián Aldrete has 1 assists this season. Stacking him up against other players in Liga MX, Adrián Aldrete was ranked #107 in assists this season.

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

Juan Escobar DF

As a shooter, Juan Escobar had 18 shots fired this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Juan Escobar was ranked #268 in shots attempted this season. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Juan Escobar had 7 shots on target this season. When compared to other players in Liga MX, Juan Escobar was ranked #29 in shots on goal this season.

As a scorer, Juan Escobar had 2 goals this season. Juan Escobar was ranked #69 in goals this season in Liga MX. Juan Escobar has 0 assists this season. Stacking him up against other players in Liga MX, Juan Escobar was ranked #304 in assists this season.

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

Orbelín Pineda MF,FW

Orbelín Pineda has 23 shots fired this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Orbelín Pineda was ranked #197 in shots attempted this season. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Orbelín Pineda had 6 shots on target this season. He was ranked #46 in shots on goal this season in Liga MX.

As a scorer, Orbelín Pineda had 2 goals this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Orbelín Pineda was ranked #69 in goals this season. Orbelín Pineda has 1 assists this season. Stacking him up against other players in Liga MX, Orbelín Pineda was ranked #107 in assists this season.

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 MX action.

Jonathan Rodríguez FW

Jonathan Rodríguez has 62 shots fired this season. Jonathan Rodríguez was ranked #46 in shots attempted this season in Liga MX. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Jonathan Rodríguez had 27 shots on target this season. He was ranked #134 in shots on goal this season in Liga MX.

As a scorer, Jonathan Rodríguez had 12 goals this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Jonathan Rodríguez was ranked #84 in goals this season. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Cruz Azul teammates, Jonathan Rodríguez had 2 assists this season. Stacking him up against other players in Liga MX, Jonathan Rodríguez was ranked #47 in assists this season.

Jonathan Rodríguez has 3 Yellow Cards this season. Jonathan Rodríguez has 1 Red Cards this season. He has committed 18 fouls this season. He has drawn 12 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Luis Romo MF

As a shooter, Luis Romo had 38 shots fired this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Luis Romo was ranked #136 in shots attempted this season. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Luis Romo had 7 shots on target this season. When compared to other players in Liga MX, Luis Romo was ranked #29 in shots on goal this season.

Luis Romo has 0 goals scored this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Luis Romo was ranked #314 in goals this season. Luis Romo has 5 assists this season. Stacking him up against other players in Liga MX, Luis Romo was ranked #4 in assists this season.

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

Santiago Giménez FW

As a shooter, Santiago Giménez had 33 shots fired this season. Santiago Giménez was ranked #145 in shots attempted this season in Liga MX. Santiago Giménez has 13 shots on target this season. He was ranked #204 in shots on goal this season in Liga MX.

As a scorer, Santiago Giménez had 4 goals this season. Santiago Giménez was ranked #25 in goals this season in Liga MX. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Cruz Azul teammates, Santiago Giménez had 2 assists this season. Stacking him up against other players in Liga MX, Santiago Giménez was ranked #47 in assists this season.

Santiago Giménez has 1 Yellow Cards this season. Santiago Giménez has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 20 fouls this season. He has drawn 15 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Ignacio Rivero MF

Ignacio Rivero has 16 shots fired this season. Compared to other players in Liga MX, Ignacio Rivero was ranked #288 in shots attempted this season. Ignacio Rivero has 5 shots on target this season. When compared to other players in Liga MX, Ignacio Rivero was ranked #63 in shots on goal this season.

Ignacio Rivero has 0 goals scored this season. Ignacio Rivero was ranked #314 in goals this season in Liga MX. Ignacio Rivero has 0 assists this season. Ignacio Rivero was ranked #304 in assists this season in Liga MX League.

Ignacio Rivero has 3 Yellow Cards this season. Ignacio Rivero has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 14 fouls this season. He has drawn 11 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Julio Domínguez DF

As a shooter, Julio Domínguez had 10 shots fired this season. Julio Domínguez was ranked #336 in shots attempted this season in Liga MX. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Julio Domínguez had 5 shots on target this season. When compared to other players in Liga MX, Julio Domínguez was ranked #63 in shots on goal this season.

Julio Domínguez has 1 goals scored this season. Julio Domínguez was ranked #125 in goals this season in Liga MX. Julio Domínguez has 0 assists this season. Julio Domínguez was ranked #304 in assists this season in Liga MX League.

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 MX action.

Pumas UNAM Team Stats

The Pumas UNAM Offensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Pumas UNAM was able to score 1.35 goals. Pumas UNAM is ranked #3 in goals scored per 90 minutes excluding penalty kicks. Pumas UNAM scored those goals off assists 65.0% of the time, which in per 90 minutes terms came out to 0.88 assists. This puts Pumas UNAM in a league ranking of #8 in the league in non-penalty goals scored off assists per 90 minutes.

Pumas UNAM converted on 0.30 of attempted shots on goal. Is Pumas UNAM a sharpshooter team this season? They are presently ranked #2 in Liga MX in shooting percentage.

Pumas UNAM attempted 4.53 shots on goal (penalty kicks excluded) per 90 minutes of regulation and stoppage action. Have they shown that they are able to aggressively attack the net? They are ranked #9 in Liga MX in shots on target. Continuing on the subject of shots on target, Pumas UNAM is able to get 32.9 of their shots to be on goal(target). Have they shown that they are able to aggressively attack the net? They are ranked #9 in Liga MX in shots on target.

Pumas UNAM Defensive Stats and Metrics

Pumas UNAM gave up 0.71 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. Pumas UNAM is #2 in goals yielded per 90 minutes in the league. When it comes to the stress put on goalkeepers, 4.94 shots were saved by Pumas UNAM goalkeepers this season on a per 90 minute basis. This puts Pumas UNAM in a ranking of #19 in the league in shots saved per 90 minutes.

Pumas UNAM goalkeepers were able to keep shots on goal from getting into the net 83.3% of the time. Pumas UNAM goalkeepers and defenders put their team in a position to be ranked #1 in shots saved percentage. When it comes to the clean sheet percentage, 23.5% of games resulted in a clean sheet for Pumas UNAM. Pumas UNAM is ranked #14 in clean sheet rate in the league.

Pumas UNAM Utility Stats

Per 90 minutes of action, Pumas UNAM had 0.59 crosses of the ball on the pitch. Pumas UNAM is in the top 100 percentile in crosses per 90 minutes. Pumas UNAM has successfully intercepted 20.35 passes per 90 minutes of action. This puts Pumas UNAM in the top 32 percentile in the league in interceptions per 90 minutes. Pumas UNAM has committed 0.18 fouls per 90 minutes of action. Pumas UNAM is in the top 92 percentile in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Pumas UNAM drew 14.35 fouls per 90 minutes of action. Pumas UNAM is in the top 42 percentile in fouls drawn per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Pumas UNAM committed an offside 12.24 times. Pumas UNAM is in the top 21 percentile in offside calls against them.

Cruz Azul Team Stats

The Cruz Azul Offensive Stats and Metrics

Cruz Azul scored 1.06 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. This puts Cruz Azul in a ranking of #10 in the league in non-penalty goals scored per 90 minutes. Cruz Azul scored those goals off assists 72.0% of the time, which in per 90 minutes terms came out to 0.76 assists. Cruz Azul has a ranking of #12 in goals scored off assists per 90 minutes excluding penalty kicks.

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Cruz Azul was able to score at a 0.20 rate on their shots on target. Cruz Azul has a #15 ranking in converting goals scored off non-penalty kick shots on target in regulation.

Cruz Azul attempted 5.35 shots on goal (penalty kicks excluded) per 90 minutes of regulation and stoppage action. Cruz Azul has a #2 ranking in shots on target attempts, which should provide more color into their relative ability to stress out goalkeepers. Continuing on the subject of shots on target, Cruz Azul is able to get 31.1 of their shots to be on goal(target). Cruz Azul has a #2 ranking in shots on target attempts, which should provide more color into their relative ability to stress out goalkeepers.

Cruz Azul Defensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Cruz Azul was able to hold opponents to 0.76 goals. Cruz Azul is #4 in goals yielded per 90 minutes in the league. When it comes to the stress put on goalkeepers, 3.06 shots were saved by Cruz Azul goalkeepers this season on a per 90 minute basis. Cruz Azul is ranked #1 in shots saved per 90 minutes.

When it comes to the saves percentage, 73.1% of shots on target were saved by Cruz Azul goalkeepers. This puts Cruz Azul ranks #10 in the league in saves rate. When it comes to the clean sheet percentage, 35.3% of games resulted in a clean sheet for Cruz Azul. This puts Cruz Azul at #6 in the league for holding opponents to nil.

Cruz Azul Utility Stats

Per 90 minutes of action, Cruz Azul had 1.41 crosses of the ball on the pitch. Cruz Azul is in the top 42 percentile in crosses per 90 minutes. Cruz Azul has successfully intercepted 21.06 passes per 90 minutes of action. Cruz Azul is in the top 21 percentile in intercepted passes per 90 minutes. Per 90 minutes of action, Cruz Azul commits 0.06 fouls. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 45 percentile in the league in fouls committed per 90 minutes. Cruz Azul drew 14.0 fouls per 90 minutes of action. Cruz Azul is in the top 57 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 5 percentile in offside calls against them.

Pumas UNAM vs. Cruz Azul Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Pumas UNAM 1 Cruz Azul 0

Moneyline Pick: Pumas UNAM +339 Heritage