Atlas vs Cruz Azul prediction, preview, team news and more

Defending champions Atlas will entertain Cruz Azul at the Jalisco stadium in their Liga MX Apertura game on Saturday.

It will be the second meeting between the two sides in three weeks as they locked horns in the Campeon de Campeones game last month which ended in a penalty shootout victory for Cruz Azul.

Atlas has had a slow start in their title defense as they are winless in their two league matches so far. They kicked off their campaign with a goalless draw against Club America and lost 3-2 to Toluca last time out. They conceded three goals in the first 15 minutes of the game and were unable to overturn a three-goal deficit.

Cruz Azul have one win and one loss in their two league matches this season. They suffered a 2-1 loss to league leaders Pachuca last time out. Santiago Giménez scored from the penalty spot for the second game in a row for La Maquina.


Atlas vs Cruz Azul head to head

Both teams have locked horns 65 times in all competitions. Cruz Azul was the better team in this game and enjoys a 33-18 lead in wins while 14 games ended in draws.

Last season’s Apertura clash between the two sides at the venue on Saturday ended in a goalless draw, while Cruz Azul picked up a 1-0 victory in their Clausura encounter.

Atlas Form Guide (all competitions): LDL

Cruz Azul form guide (all competitions): LWW


Atlas vs Cruz Azul Team News

Atlas

Los Rojinegros will not be able to count on the services of Julio Cesar Furch, who is currently recovering from facial surgery. New signing Mauro Manotas suffered an unfortunate ACL injury in the season opener and is ruled out for the rest of the season.

injured: Julio Cesar Furch, Mauro Manotas.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Unavailable: None.

Cruz Azul

Ignacio Rivero has returned to training with the rest of the squad, so the capital club have no absentees for their trip to Guadalajara. New signing Carlos Rotondi has also trained with the team but will likely start from the bench in this game.

injured: None.

Doubtful: None.

Suspended: None.

Unavailable: None.


Atlas vs Cruz Azul XI planned

Atlas (3-5-2): Camilo Vargas (GK); Anderson Santamaria, Hugo Nervo, Emanuel Aguilera; Aldo Rocha, Luis Reyes, Edgar Zaldívar, José Abella, Edison Flores; Jonathan Herrera, Alberto Ocejo.

Cruz Azul (4-2-3-1): Sebastian Jurado (GK); Julio Cesar Dominguez, José Joaquin Martinez, Luis Abram, Juan Escobar; Erik Lira, Rafael Baca; Uriel Antuna, Christian Tabo, Santiago Gimenez; Angel Romero.


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Atlas vs Cruz Azul Prediction

Atlas has struggled in league matches so far but this will be his first home game of the season and he will be looking to produce a solid display in front of his fans. Cruz Azul suffered a loss in their previous league outing and will be looking to get a better result in this game.

There’s not much to separate the two teams at the moment and given their recent history, the game will likely end in a low-scoring draw.

Prediction: Atlas 1-1 Cruz Azul


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