Two Objectives; One Goal
The game we are focusing on is a battle between teams with different objectives. One is pushing to usurp the crown from first, while the other wants to widen the gap between them and the teams outside the top zones.
However, the goal is the same. Both teams want to get all three points.
It is a race to the final whistle, and the team with the most goals will take it all. We’re excited about this matchup and can’t wait to see how it unfolds.
Azul’s Quest for a Bigger Gap
Cruz Azul’s position in the top 12 is threatened as they sit 12th on the log. Any mistake will take them out of the zone and push them further down the log. They can drop as far as 16th.
Therefore, they need to get a more significant gap as soon as possible. They must do better and ensure a win in their next few games.
The last game didn’t go well, as they played second fiddle throughout the match against Santos Laguna. Losing 4-0 at this stage of the season doesn’t help the team.
It affects the balance of the team. We would expect a response from coach Diego Aguirre. Maybe a change in personnel would help.
We can’t say what the team did wrong throughout the game, but the Santos team was all over them, effectively taking the game away. And as they conceded very early in the game, it affected everything. Also, the three consecutive goals within 10 minutes killed the game when it was only in the 57th minute.
Toluca’s Plan To Usurp the First Position
With two points between Toluca and Monterrey, the stage is set for Toluca to get back into the first position.
We would expect the team to take the next league game seriously, and as they are currently on a five-game winning streak, there is a chance for the team to push for another win that would help their quest.
Although the back-to-back draws against Puebla and FC Juarez slowed them, they’ve been able to pick things up in the last game as they defeated Club Tijuana. Even though they finished the match against ten men, Toluca already had the game in control as they were already ahead in the 49th minute.
The red card Tijuana collected in the 74th minute just made what was already almost done a reality.
However, the third goal came in the 96th minute when Ismael Govea conceded a penalty, and Camilo Sanvezzo slotted it in to end the game in a Toluca victory. We expect the same game plan as they go into the next game with more scores and odds.
Cruz Azul vs Toluca Head-to-Head
Both teams have played plenty of games. However, Cruz Azul has been the best team for a while now. In their last five meetings, Toluca has won once. However, their last two meetings, Cruz Azul has scored eight goals, with Toluca scored one.
The match with Cruz Azul at home, it ended in Azul winning 4-0, a thumping victory where the home team was dominant all through.
The game after that was also as emphatic as Cruz Azul got four, but this time Toluca could get one back. However, we think this game might be different from the last two.
Cruz Azul vs Toluca Information
- Game: Cruz Azul (0-0) at Toluca (0-0)
- Location: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
- Day/Time: Sunday 06:00 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: Fubo TV
Cruz Azul vs Toluca Betting Lines
|+115||2½ -105o||1½ -150u|
|Toluca||+245||2½ -125u||½ +180u|
Cruz Azul vs Toluca Prediction
Toluca is currently the better team. But, Cruz Azul have been the better side based on their head-to-head. The soccer odds for this game is in favor of Cruz Azul because of how dominant they’ve been against Toluca.
We don’t see Toluca breaking the jinx in this tie. However, we expect it to be a close tie that might not see a big margin like the last two games. Our sport bets for this game would be on Cruz Azul because we expect them to score some goals in the game.
Our soccer picks for this tie are Over 2½ at -105 and Cruz Azul Over 1½ at +110. You can decide to go with the safer or riskier bet, depending on what you like.