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Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul Odds & Prediction – Liga MX Apertura Round 2

Daniel Coyle

by Daniel Coyle in Soccer

Aug 1, 2021 · 6:12 AM PDT

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Mazatlan´s Nestor Vidrio, left, and Cruz Azul´s Guillermo Fernandez fight for the ball during a Mexican Soccer League match at Azteca stadium in Mexico City, Monday, July 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • Santos Laguna favored as they host Cruz Azul in rematch of last season’s Liga MX Guardianes final
  • Santos are coming off a decisive win over Necaxa in last week’s season debut
  • We’ve got you covered with all the odds and trends Sunday night at Estadio Nuevo Corona

Cruz Azul will be aiming to be avoid suffering consecutive losses in league play for the first time since January when they visit Santos Laguna on Sunday in a rematch of the recent Liga MX Guardianes final as lengthy +260 road underdogs.

Eager to avenge their recent playoff loss to Cruz Azul, Santos Laguna open their Apertura home schedule as +115 favorites, Los Guerreros are riding high following last week’s decisive 3-0 win over Necaxa, but have tallied consecutive wins just once over their past 14 overall contests.

Here’s a look at all the odds and trends ahead of this key Liga MX matchup at Estadio Nuevo Corona on Sunday night at 7pm ET.

Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul Liga MX Odds

Matchup Spread Moneyline Total
Santos Laguna vs Cruz Azul SAN -0.5 (+100) | CRU +0.5 (-165) ( SAN +115 | Draw +220 | CRU +260 Ov 2.5 (+120) | Un 2.5 (-160)

*Odds at DraftKings as of August 1, 2021.

Cruz Azul Reeling from Season-Opening Defeat

Cruz Azul have plenty of work to do to overcome a disappointing start to the Apertura campaign. The reigning champions opened their schedule last week with a stunning 2-0 loss to Mazatlan, which also put the brakes on a nine-match win streak across all competitions.

Last week’s contest also marked the first time La Maquina had been held scoreless in defeat in league play since enduring a four-match losing streak back in January.

And while the club tallied a 1-0 road victory over Santos Laguna that proved to be crucial to their championship victory back in May, they have otherwise struggled when battling Santos Laguna on the road, going winless in their five previous road dates in league play, and getting limited to just four total goals over that stretch.

Rodriguez Set to Make Season Debut

However, unlike last week, when they hit the pitch severely shorthanded, Cruz Azul should be back at full strength for Sunday’s date with Santos. Among the players expected to make their Apertura season debut are Jonathan Rodriguez.

The top goalscorer in La Liga play last season, with 24 markers, the Uruguayan star has been a steady performer against Santos, scoring four times over his past five appearances, including a goal in the second leg of last season’s final that sealed the championship win for Cruz Azul. Rodriguez also leads all players in Sunday’s contest as a +90 bet to find the back of the net at least once.

Head-to-Head Stats

Santos Laguna
VS
Cruz Azul

45 Matches played 45
19 Matches won 18
8 Matches drawn 8
18 Matches lost 19
58 Goals scored 61
65 Points 62

Santos Try to Build on Impressive Opener

Santos Laguna aim to build on last week’s decisive victory over Necaxa when they hit the pitch for Sunday’s clash. The win marked a breakthrough of sorts for Los Guerreros, who carried their late season offensive woes into offseason friendly play.

The club managed to score one or fewer goals in four of their previous five overall outings, with the lone exception being a 4-4 draw in a friendly with Tampico Madera, a club from the Liga de Expansión MX.

Not unlike all of last season, Santos generated scoring by committee with three different players tallying a score in last week’s win. But unlike Cruz Azul, there will be no additional reinforcements returning in time for Sunday’s Round 2 matchup.

Aguirre will be Missed

Among the most notable absences for Santos is last season’s top goalscorer Eduardo Aguirre, who is currently playing with Mexico’s contingent in the U-23 soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympics. The 22-year-old led the way with eight goals last season, with seven of those goals coming over his final six appearances on home turf.

Recent dates between these Liga MX rivals have tended to be low scoring affairs, with the total going UNDER 2.5 in each of their past four meetings, and in four of the past five when Santos is the home club. Expect that trend to continue on Sunday. However, it is tough to overlook the value found in betting on the defending champions to extend their recent dominance over Los Guerreros.

The Picks: Cruz Azul (+260); UNDER 2.5 (-160)

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