It is time to see which teams will earn the right to play in the Liga MX playoffs, but before that happens in the second weekend of October, the spots for the Wild Card Round are up for grabs for the teams that finish from fifth to 12th place.
Such is the case of Cruz Azul and Guadalajara, two clubs that had a woeful start of the season, but ended making it to the final match of the regular season with hopes to earn a spot among the five seeds in the Wild Card games.
The home team has seen a rise in their performances since coach Raúl Gutiérrez arrived, and that form has seen them defeat teams such as Pumas and León to keep their playoff hopes alive. On the other hand, Guadalajara make it to their second away game in a row with nothing but victory in their minds, mainly since a loss here could end up with them dropping to eleventh place in the tournament.
Let us give you a glimpse of what's coming between these clubs on Saturday evening at the legendary Estadio Azteca.
Cruz Azul vs Guadalajara - Team news
Cruz Azul will enter this match in ninth place with 21 points to their name and in much need of a win. La Máquina could secure welcoming a wild card game next week, but to do so, they must beat Guadalajara and wait for some other results to go their way. The team has claimed three wins in a row under caretaker Raúl Gutiérrez, and when their season seemed tp be a trainwreck, their Liguilla options are better than ever.
Guadalajara will enter this clash with one more point than their hosts on Saturday, but their two-game losing streak makes their fans wonder if their best moment in the season has come and gone. In fact, Guadalajara will try to make ammends with their fans after losing the biggest game of the season against América a couple of weeks ago at the same stadium where this clash will take place.
The injury report for this match looks as follows:
Cruz Azul - Injured: Alejandro Mayorga. Doubtful: Juan Escobar.
Guadalajara - Injured: José Juan Macías.
Cruz Azul vs Guadalajara - Head-to-head
Guadalajara's last visit to Cruz Azul ended in a one-nil win for the away side.
That win for Guadalajara ended a five-game streak without a win for Chivas against Cruz Azul. During that run, La Máquina won three and two more games ended in draws.
There have been no goalless draws between Cruz Azul and Chivas in their past ten meetings.
América have kept three straight clean sheets against Chivas (one win, two draws).
Cruz Azul's coach Raúl Gutiérrez will face Guadalajara for the first time in his career.
Chivas' boss Ricardo Cadena has won his only game as Los Rojiblancos' coach This will be the second game for coach Fernando Ortiz as Las Águilas' coach against Guadalajara.
Broadcast info: Cruz Azul vs Guadalajara
Cruz Azul vs Guadalajara Broadcast Information
Stadium: Estadio Azteca (Ciudad de México (D.F.))
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