Estadio Azteca, the largest stadium in Mexico is the venue where the final of the Copa Por Mexico will take place on Sunday evening. This stadium also serves as the home venue of Cruz Azul, but in the Cruz Azul vs Guadalajara Chivas, there are not going to be any fans in the stands due to the COVID-19 worries.
- Date: Sunday, July 19
- Time: 9:45 p.m. (Eastern Time)
- Venue: Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (No Fans)
- Competition: Copa Por Mexico (Mexican Cup)
- Previous Meeting: 2-1 Cruz Azul in Liga MX (February 16, 2020)
Cruz Azul vs Guadalajara Odds
*Odds taken July 19, from BetOnline.ag
Cruz Azul vs Guadalajara Betting Preview
The 2020 Liga MX Apertura starts on July 23, so the final of Copa Por Mexico is going to be more than a suitable preview of what soccer fans should expect from the next season. The cup final will feature two teams that did very well earlier this year before COVID-19 pandemic put an end to the Clausura.
These two, obviously, did very well in the Mexican Cup as well. Cruz Azul reach the final after beating U.A.N.L. Tigres in the semifinal by 2-1.
In the other semifinal, soccer fans witnessed a super-thrilling clash between two arch-rivals, America and Guadalajara. El Súper Clásico as this rivalry is called in Mexico, saw a total of seven goals, with Guadalajara Chivas winning by 4-3.
Cruz Azul the (Almost) Champion of Liga MX Clausura
The 2019-20 Liga MX Clausura ended up null and void after ten rounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic that hit Mexico real hard. At that point, Cruz Azul was at the top of the table, with 22 points (7W-1D-2D).
Although the Mexican soccer association did not officially award the title to Cruz Azul, this team did get a ticket to the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League as if they’ve won the title.
Cruz Azul also had the best score difference in the Clausura, with 24 goals scored and 14 allowed. Nine of the goals this team scored were the work of Jonathan Rodriguez, the league’s top goalscorer.
The 27-year-old Uruguay international is thought of as one of the best players in the league. However, according to Transfermarkt, he’s not the most valuable player based in Mexico. Instead, that title goes to a guy playing for Guadalajara.
Guadalajara Hoping Jose Macias Will Shine (Again)
With the value of about $12 million, Guadalajara’s striker Jose Macias is the most expensive player in Liga MX. Born and raised in Guadalajara, the 20-year-old started his soccer career in the youth ranks of Chivas before moving to Club Leon on a loan deal.
After returning to Guadalajara, he immediately became one of this team’s crucial players. A quick and intelligent player, Macias plays the role of a poacher, who’s often seen trying to outsmart the opposition defense by busting their offside traps. Such, this guy is Guadalajara’s expert for counterattacks.
After a brilliant start of the year, Macias got on the radar of many soccer heavyweights, including Borussia Dortmund. Still, he is probably going to remain in the club for another season. And what’s even more certain is that we are going to see him feature in the Copa Por Mexico Final.
Cruz Azul vs Guadalajara Prediction
Best online soccer sites think Cruz Azul is the favorite in this game. We think so too. However, this is the cup final and every player is motivated to give their utmost.
For this reason, instead of backing Cruz Azul, we recommend betting on goals. On a lot of goals.
- Over 3.5 Goals (+100)