10th and 11th Place Battle for Three Points
Santos Laguna and Cruz Azul are close to each other on the table, with Azul sitting in the sixth position and Santos in the fifth. Both teams have identical seasons. However, Santos Laguna has played fewer games than Cruz Azul. With one point between them, this will be an interesting game.
The goal will be to outdo the other and make it into the top positions on the table. Before match day 17, the teams want to seal their spots in the top 12 positions. It is a tricky game to bet online, but we can make our pick by looking at their stats and odds. So, join us as we preview this game and give our soccer predictions today.
Santos Laguna Holding On
Santos is one of the teams in the top 12 positions, but their current standing in the league is not impressive because the team is on point, with Atletico de San Luis in the 13th position. So, they don’t have the luxury of losing points in the coming games. They need to get as many three points as possible.
The positive thing is that the team has only played five games. Therefore, they can increase the game if they win their next two games. But that would include the game against Cruz Azul. It will not be easy for the team as they are pushing for a top 12 finish.
In their five games, they won two, lost two, and drew one to push them into the 11th position as they gathered seven points. The team scored seven in five. Their scoring record isn’t terrible, as they’re on 1.4 goals per game. Their only issue is their defensive record.
Cruz Azul’s Bid to Win More Games
Cruz Azul would want to do better than last season, and for them to achieve this, they need to make it to the playoffs. The team has already gathered eight points from a possible 18, and it has helped them into the top 10 spots. If they keep improving, they might even go higher on the log.
The team started the season well with a win against Tigres UANL. However, back-to-back losses set them back on their objective for the season. But they are now on a three-game unbeaten streak as they push for a top ten finish this season.
The team’s attacking stats have been impressive. They’ve scored nine in six games. With 1.5 goals per game and a 13% goal conversion ratio, Cruz Azul is doing well this season. But they could do better defensively, given that they’ve conceded nine this season. Once their defense is better, there is a better chance that the team will finish higher on the log.
Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul Head-to-Head
Both teams have faced each other for many seasons. They’ve even met at the CONCACAF Champions League. The history between both teams goes far into history. In the last 20 games, Cruz Azul has had more wins than Santos Laguna, six. Five games have ended in a draw.
However, they shared the wins in their last three Apertura meetings and had one draw. There’s little to separate both teams, even down to the winning margin. In this period, the teams each scored four. Undoubtedly, they are close in every aspect.
Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul Game Information
- Game: Santos Laguna (0-0) vs Cruz Azul (0-0)
- Location: Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla
- Day/Time: Saturday, Aug 6, 08:00 p.m. ET
- Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul Live Stream: fubo.tv
Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul Betting Lines
|Santos Laguna||-½ +110||+110||2½-110o||1½+115o / 1½-145u|
|Cruz Azul||+½ -140||+240||2½-120u||½-230o / ½+180u|
Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul Prediction
Although both teams have almost the same season, Santos Laguna is the favorite to win according to their Las Vegas odds. However, both teams would be working hard to ensure they get all three points after the end of the match.
It’s tricky to pick one side. Therefore, we are going with the total bet. We believe both teams have what it takes to score. Our pick for this game is Total Over 2½ with the soccer odds of -110.