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Toluca vs. Cruz Azul 5/15/2021 Liga MX Soccer Picks, Prediction, and Preview

Toluca faces Cruz Azul on 5/15/2021.

Cruz Azul takes on Toluca in a regular season match. Toluca 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 Toluca and it is an opportunity to get rolling. An opportunity presents itself in this road match. 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 Toluca.

It has been a mixed bag in the past five games for Cruz Azul 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 Cruz Azul than game on their home pitch?

The Toluca Roster

The Players to Watch for the Toluca

Rubens Sambueza MF,FW

Rubens Sambueza has 28.0 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 Rubens Sambueza 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.

Rubens Sambueza has 31 goals scored this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Rubens Sambueza 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.

Rubens Sambueza has 1 Yellow Cards this season. Rubens Sambueza has 1 Red Cards this season. He has committed 61 fouls this season. He has drawn 126 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Alexis Canelo FW,MF

Alexis Canelo has 65.0 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 Alexis Canelo had 37.0 shots on target this season. He is a sharpshooter, his ability to constantly threaten to score makes him a top focus for defenses.

Alexis Canelo 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 Toluca teammates, Alexis Canelo had 17 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Alexis Canelo has 4 Yellow Cards this season. Alexis Canelo has 5 Red Cards this season. He has committed 36 fouls this season. He has drawn 64 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Michael Estrada FW

As a shooter, Michael Estrada had 64.0 shots fired this season. He is a persistent threat to score, at least by his efforts to try to take shots. Michael Estrada has 22.0 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, Michael Estrada had 22 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Toluca teammates, Michael Estrada had 10 assists this season. He is considered one of the top set-up players for his teammates in the league, he distributes the ball well.

Michael Estrada has 1 Yellow Cards this season. Michael Estrada has 1 Red Cards this season. He has committed 40 fouls this season. He has drawn 27 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Raúl López Gómez DF

As a shooter, Raúl López Gómez had 19.0 shots fired this season. He is a threat to score, but should not be considered a main threat. Raúl López Gómez has 11.0 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, Raúl López Gómez had 24 goals this season. He is considered of the top goal scorers in the league. Raúl López Gómez has 1 assists this season. He is an average offensive contributor as far as his ability to set up his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Raúl López Gómez has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Raúl López Gómez has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 13 fouls this season. He has drawn 8 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Claudio Baeza MF

As a shooter, Claudio Baeza had 12.0 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 Claudio Baeza had 2.0 shots on target this season. He does not have enough shots on goal to really be respected.

Claudio Baeza has 16 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Toluca teammates, Claudio Baeza had 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Claudio Baeza has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Claudio Baeza has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 29 fouls this season. He has drawn 13 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Claudio Baeza MF

As a shooter, Claudio Baeza had 12.0 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 Claudio Baeza had 2.0 shots on target this season. He does not have enough shots on goal to really be respected.

Claudio Baeza has 16 goals scored this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Toluca teammates, Claudio Baeza had 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Claudio Baeza has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Claudio Baeza has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 22 fouls this season. He has drawn 20 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Claudio Baeza MF

Claudio Baeza has 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 Claudio Baeza had 4.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Claudio Baeza had 16 goals this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Toluca teammates, Claudio Baeza had 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Claudio Baeza has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Claudio Baeza has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 29 fouls this season. He has drawn 13 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Claudio Baeza MF

As a shooter, Claudio Baeza 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 Claudio Baeza had 4.0 shots on target this season. He is capable of taking shots that can turn into goals.

As a scorer, Claudio Baeza had 16 goals this season. He falls in the middle as a scorer. When it comes to setting up scoring opportunities for his Toluca teammates, Claudio Baeza had 0 assists this season. He is generally not involved in setting his teammates for scoring opportunities.

Claudio Baeza has 0 Yellow Cards this season. Claudio Baeza has 0 Red Cards this season. He has committed 22 fouls this season. He has drawn 20 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. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Juan Escobar had 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

Julio Domínguez has 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.

Julio Domínguez has 30 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 34 fouls this season. He has drawn 21 fouls this season in Liga MX action.

Orbelín Pineda MF,FW

As a shooter, Orbelín Pineda had 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

As a shooter, Jonathan Rodríguez had 106.0 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 Jonathan Rodríguez had 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. Not all shots reach the goalkeeper, but Luis Romo had 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

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. Rafael Baca has 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. 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.

Toluca Team Stats

The Toluca Offensive Stats and Metrics

Toluca scored 1.26 goals per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations. This is an extremely potent offense that is tough to shut down. Toluca scored those goals off assists 87.0% of the time, which in per 90 minutes terms came out to 1.09 assists. This offense finds ways to score by sharing the ball and that is quite nice to watch.

Toluca converted on 0.29 of attempted shots on goal. The quality of the shots on goal and the accuracy of these shots are inconsistent.

Since we are discussing shots on goal, Toluca attempts 4.32 shots on target per 90 minutes of regulation. 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. Toluca attempts more shots than their shots on target, often they are altered by defenders and from all their shots 36.0% of their shots ended up requiring a goalkeeper challenge. They are among the best at ensuring that their shots reach the goalkeeper and striking fear in the hearts of opposing fans.

Toluca Defensive Stats and Metrics

Per 90 minutes of action in non-penalty situations, Toluca was able to hold opponents to 1.24 goals. There is nothing remarkable about their defensive effort. This is a generally average defense. When it comes to the stress put on goalkeepers, 4.26 shots were saved by Toluca goalkeepers this season on a per 90 minute basis. Fans are holding their breath when the ball crosses over into their defensive territory.

Toluca goalkeepers were able to keep shots on goal from getting into the net 69.7% of the time. This defense and goalkeeper effort can be better when it comes to their ability to prevent shots on target from becoming goals. Toluca goalkeepers were able to get a clean sheet 26.5% of the time. This defense and goalkeeping crew is capable of having a clean sheet, the consistency is just not there.







Toluca 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. Per 90 minutes of action, Cruz Azul had 9.38 interceptions. Cruz Azul is in the top 92 percentile in intercepted passes per 90 minutes. Cruz Azul has committed 14.24 fouls per 90 minutes of action. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 75 percentile in the league 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 12 percentile in the league in offside turnovers.

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.

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. Continuing on the subject of shots on target, Cruz Azul is able to get 32.8% of their shots to be on goal(target). 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 0.59 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, 3.29 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

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. 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. Cruz Azul had opportunities spoiled by offside calls 1.26 times per 90 minutes of action. This puts Cruz Azul in the top 12 percentile in the league in offside turnovers.

Toluca vs. Cruz Azul Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Toluca 2 Cruz Azul 3

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