Liga MX preview: Can Tigres UANL edge out victory against Cruz Azul?

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Competition: Mexico Liga MX
Competition: Mon 16.May
Match begins: 01:05 (UTC)
Venue: Estadio Universitario de Nuevo León (41886 seats)

Tigres UANL are positioned 4th, while Cruz Azul are lagging 5 points behind in the league standings. Will they crop the gap?

Insights:
  • Tigres UANL have the most scored goals (26) in Liga MX
  • Cruz Azul have the most dropped points from leading position (21) in Liga MX

Cruz Azul have a very long trip to this away game, as there's more than 900 kilometers in distance to cover. This could prove a challenge, at least for the supporters.

It's no vacation for neither Tigres UANL nor Cruz Azul as both were in action only a few days ago. Expect some tired legs on the pitch and/or possibly some changes to the lineups.

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Tigres UANL form and stats

The complete Liga MX results at home this season for Tigres UANL, who have the most scored goals (26) in Liga MX, are 4-5-0 (wins-draws-losses).

It's back home for Tigres, who return with a good feeling about themselves after beating Cruz Azul away with the result 1-0. Dueñas found the net in that victory. Goalkeeper Guzmán got the top rating on the team in that game; 7.43 out of ten. Guzmán topped it up with a clean sheet.

Preceding that game was the away draw at Atlas that finished 1-1.

The hosts are modest favourites in this match, with the bookmakers estimating the chance of a home win at about 50% +- five percent. It's interesting to look at how Tigres UANL have performed under similar circumstances, so here are some numbers: When modest favourites like this (we found 13 games) they have won 7 times, drawn 3 and lost 3.

A decent goal production from Tigres UANL in their home games so far, with 15 goals from 9 league matches. Tigres UANL are not conceding a lot of goals here at Estadio Universitario de Nuevo León in the league, averaging less than one per game. The total is 5 from 9 matches.

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Cruz Azul form and stats

2-5-2 is the win-draw-loss statistic for Cruz Azul in their Liga MX matches away.

Home advantage was not enough for Cruz in their previous game as they lost hosting Tigres UANL, 0-1. The attacker Romero got a match rating of 7.32 in that game. Romero hit one key pass and had 24 successful passes (of 30 total).

Ahead of that game was the 1-1 draw at home against Necaxa (after extra-time, 3-1 on penalties).

Cruz Azul are the outsiders in this one, but not by much. Their performance in similar games (being the away team and moderate outsiders) is 2 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats. From a total of 7 matches.

Cruz Azul find the net regularly in their away games. 10 goals from 9 away fixtures in the league. As opposed to that, Cruz have seen the ball go into their own net 10 times on the road. There's been improvement defensively lately, as only 1 of these goals has been conceded in their last three away matches.

Head 2 Head

This is what happened when the participants met earlier this season; Cruz Azul - Tigres UANL 0-1. Lopez (Tigres UANL) was sent off when these teams last played each other. Tigres UANL-Cruz Azul H2H statistics last ten meetings regardless of arena: Tigres UANL three wins, Cruz Azul four wins, three draws. three of these ten matches had three or more goals (over 2,5).

Top Goalscorers

Tigres UANLA. Gignac
A. Gignac
15 goals
TigresN. López Alonso
N. López Alonso
11 goals
Tigres UANLJ. Vigón Cham
J. Vigón Cham
9 goals

Tigres UANL missing players

Cruz Azul missing players

Tigres UANL Cruz Azul
Total Home vs mid Statistics Stat vs top Away Total
39 19 5 Played P 5 17 37
20 11 3 Won W 2 5 12
10 6 1 Drew D 3 9 13
9 2 1 Lost L 0 3 12
62 33 6 Scored S 6 21 43
39 16 4 Conceded C 2 17 40
95% 89% 80% Over 0.5 O 0.5 60% 82% 92%
85% 84% 80% Over 1.5 O 1.5 40% 59% 65%
54% 53% 40% Over 2.5 O 2.5 20% 35% 35%
15% 16% 0% Over 3.5 O 3.5 20% 24% 19%
5% 5% 0% Over 4.5 O 4.5 20% 12% 8%
51% 42% 40% BTTS BTTS 40% 59% 54%
36% 47% 40% Clean Sheets C S 60% 35% 30%
18% 21% 40% Failed to Score F T 40% 24% 24%
 
5.2 6.6 8.2 Corners for (avg) C F 3 3.4 4.4
4.2 3.9 2.6 Corners against (avg) C A 4 4.5 4.6
2.1 2.1 2 Yellow cards (avg) Y C 3.4 2.9 2.5
9 3 0 Red cards R C 0 3 4
 
14.1 15.3 15 Shots (avg) S ( 7.2 9.6 10.9
4.9 5.9 7 Shots on Target (avg) S O 2.4 3.2 3.7
32% 29% 17% Goal Efficiency G E 50% 39% 31%
 
11.5 10.5 9.6 Shots against (avg) S A 11 14.1 13.2
4.1 3.9 2.4 Shots on Target against (avg) S O 3.8 4.2 4.1
Key stats in Liga MX this season:
  • Cruz Azul have played more matches over 2,5 goals away than home.
  • Cruz Azul have the fewest points from losing position (4) in Liga MX
  • Cruz Azul have the most dropped points from leading position (21) in Liga MX
  • Cruz Azul have won significantly less corners away then at home.
  • Tigres UANL have scored at least twice as many goals as they have conceded at home.
  • Tigres UANL have the fewest matches under the total-line (7) in Liga MX
  • Tigres UANL have the most scored goals (15) at home in Liga MX
  • Tigres UANL have the most scored goals (26) in Liga MX
  • Tigres UANL have the most scored goals in the second half (38) in Liga MX
  • Tigres UANL have the the best goal difference (+12) in Liga MX
  • Tigres UANL have won significantly more corners at home than away.

  Total Home Away  
# Team MP W D L F A MP W D L F A MP W D L F A +/- P
1 America 17 10 5 2 21 10 9 7 2 0 13 2 8 3 3 2 8 8 11 35
2 Atlas 17 8 5 4 21 10 9 4 2 3 8 5 8 4 3 1 13 5 11 29
3 Leon 17 8 5 4 20 14 8 3 3 2 11 6 9 5 2 2 9 8 6 29
4 Tigres UANL 17 7 7 3 26 14 9 4 5 0 15 5 8 3 2 3 11 9 12 28
5 Santos Laguna 17 5 9 3 23 16 9 2 6 1 9 7 8 3 3 2 14 9 7 24
6 Toluca 17 6 6 5 22 22 8 3 4 1 13 9 9 3 2 4 9 13 0 24
7 Puebla 17 6 6 5 16 16 9 3 3 3 9 9 8 3 3 2 7 7 0 24
8 Cruz Azul 17 5 8 4 21 17 8 3 3 2 11 7 9 2 5 2 10 10 4 23
9 Monterrey 17 5 7 5 19 16 8 4 2 2 10 4 9 1 5 3 9 12 3 22
10 Guadalajara 17 5 7 5 13 13 8 3 2 3 9 10 9 2 5 2 4 3 0 22
11 Pumas UNAM 17 5 6 6 17 23 9 4 3 2 11 10 8 1 3 4 6 13 -6 21
12 Atletico San Luis 17 4 8 5 19 23 8 1 3 4 8 15 9 3 5 1 11 8 -4 20
13 Mazatlan 17 5 5 7 18 24 9 4 3 2 13 12 8 1 2 5 5 12 -6 20
14 Necaxa 17 6 2 9 16 22 8 4 0 4 10 10 9 2 2 5 6 12 -6 20
15 Pachuca 17 4 6 7 19 21 9 2 5 2 10 7 8 2 1 5 9 14 -2 18
16 Juarez 17 4 4 9 14 25 8 3 2 3 9 10 9 1 2 6 5 15 -11 16
17 Queretaro 17 3 6 8 11 19 8 3 2 3 8 7 9 0 4 5 3 12 -8 15
18 Tijuana 17 3 6 8 16 27 9 2 4 3 9 11 8 1 2 5 7 16 -11 15

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Liga MX is the top division in the Mexican football league system. Each season the league has two tournaments, Apertura (opening) and Clausura (closing). This means that the Liga MX has two champions per season. The Liga MX is the fourth most attended football league in the world.