Clausura Matchday 10 Features Club America vs Cruz Azul
Cruz Azul will be aiming to extend their lead atop the Liga MX Clausura table when they renew their Clásico Joven rivalry with Club America on Sunday. Photo by @The_MaquinaEN (Twitter)
- Liga MX takes center stage on the global sports calendar in the wake of widespread league shutdowns
- League-leading Cruz Azul renew their Clásico Joven rivalry with Club America, while second-place Club Leon host the struggling Pumas UNAM
- Get all the Liga MX Matchday 10 odds and bet bets in the story below
While stadiums across the United States, Canada, and Europe have fallen silent as the deadly coronavirus outbreak widens, it remains business as usual in Liga MX this weekend, with nine matches on the Matchday 10 schedule.
The action heats up at the top of the table as first-place Cruz Azul and third-place Club America renew their Clásico Joven rivalry in Mexico City on Sunday. Saturday night’s action has second-place Leon trying to keep pace with the red-hot Máquina, as they host Pumas UNAM, who are struggling to maintain their grasp on fourth place. Also on Saturday, Monterrey looks to snap out of a funk that has dumped them to the bottom of the Liga MX Clausura table as they visit Guadalajara Chivas.
Liga MX Matchday 10 Odds
|Team||Spread||Moneyline Odds at BetOnline||Total|
|Monarcas Morelia||pk, -0.5 (-114)||+120||O 2.5 (-114)|
|Queretaro||pk, +0.5 (-106)||+230||U 2.5 (-106)|
|Tijuana||pk (-138)||+138||O 2.5 (-114)|
|Pachuca||pk (+118)||+205||U 2.5 (-106)|
|Atletico San Luis||-0.5 (-110)||-110||O 2, 2.5 (-111)|
|Puebla||+0.5 (-110)||+275||U 2, 2.5 (-109)|
|UANL Tigres||-1 (-105)||-179||O 2.5, 3 (+117)|
|FC Juarez||+1 (-115)||+480||U 2.5, 3 (-137)|
|Leon||-0.5 (-120)||-120||O 2.5, 3 (-128)|
|UNAM Pumas||+0.5 (+100)||+295||U 2.5. 3 (+108)|
|Guadalajara Chivas||pk (-119)||+153||O 2.5 (+100)|
|Monterrey||pk (-101)||+174||U 2.5 (-120)|
|Toluca||-0.5 (-123)||+123||O 2.5 (-113)|
|Atlas||+0.5 (-106)||+320||U 2.5 (-107)|
|Santos Laguna||-0.5 (-130)||-130||O 2.5, 3 (-113)|
|Necaxa||+0.5 (+110)||+315||U 2.5, 3 (-108)|
|Club America||pk, -0.5 (+110)||+130||O 2.5 (+100)|
|Cruz Azul||pk, +0.5 (-130)||+180||U 2.5 (-120)|
Odds taken Mar. 13
Liga MX Pick 1: Club America vs Cruz Azul
After struggling to a disappointing 12th-place finish on the Liga MX Apertura table, Cruz Azul have enjoyed a roaring start in Clausura action, storming up the table with an impressive 6-1-2 win-draw-loss run. La Máquina have filled the net during their current tear, averaging three goals per game over their past seven league matches, capped by last weekend’s decisive 4-2 victory over Tijuana.
— Daniel Coyle (@thepopgun) March 13, 2020
Club America enters Matchday 10 within striking distance of Cruz Azul, lagging just two points behind the league leaders. However, consistency has remained a concern for the Eagles, who are winless in their past two league matches, including a stunning 3-0 home loss to Necaxa last weekend. That marked the club’s fifth loss in eight league matches on home turf.
Club America enters Matchday 10 within striking distance of Cruz Azul, lagging just two points behind the league leaders.
However, the Eagles have enjoyed steady success when facing Cruz Azul as the home side in recent Clásico Joven matchups. The club tallied a 3-1 victory in their last meeting as the home side in May 2019, going 5-4-0 over their past nine across all competitions, while keeping clean sheets on five occasions during that stretch. But can they shut down the free-wheeling Máquina offense this time around?
Picks: Cruz Azul +180; Over 2.5 (+100)
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Liga MX Pick 2: Club Leon vs Pumas UNAM
Club Leon will also be aiming to keep pace with Cruz Azul when they take on Pumas UNAM on Saturday night. La Fiera stormed out of the gate in Clausura action, posting wins in four of their first five league matches, but have turned in mixed results in recent contests. Leon have watched Cruz Azul overtake them on the league table while alternating between wins and losses over their past four matches, but maintain a perfect 4-0-0 record on home turf so far in Clausura play.
— La Fiera Nation 🦁🌟 (@LaFieraPodcast) March 13, 2020
Conversely, Pumas have struggled to shut down opposing strikers during an 0-1-2 slide, surrendering eight total goals during that stretch, which put the brakes on a steady six-match unbeaten streak to open their Clausura schedule.
Despite their recent struggles, as well as two recent losses to Leon on home turf, Pumas have largely performed well at Estadio Leon, going 4-1-2 over their past seven visits, but can they overcome their recent defensive woes?
Picks: Leon -120; Over 2.5, 3 (-128)
Liga MX Pick 3: Chivas vs CF Monterrey
The storyline behind Saturday’s matchup between Chivas and Monterrey at Estadio AKRON is a tale of two clubs heading in starkly different directions. After recording a distant 10th-place finish in Apertura play, Guadalajara stumbled badly in the early going of the Clausura, posting just one league victory during a horrendous 1-4-3 run in all competitions. However, Chivas have since turned things around, marching to three straight victories.
17'— Monterrey go down a man after VAR review
56'— Monterrey take a 2-0 lead
85'— Monterrey concede twice in 2 minutes to draw 2-2
Saturday night's Liga MX action delivered 💉 pic.twitter.com/CLUJcPXdUq
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) March 8, 2020
It has been a different story for Monterrey, who have scored just three total goals during a five-match winless slide in all competitions. In addition, the club has yet to earn a win in league play in 2020, going 0-4-5 in nine overall outings including four straight road losses.
Picks: Chivas +153; Over 2.5 (+100)
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