The Atlas vs Cruz Azul match will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM EDT at the Estadio Jalisco. Cruz Azul is coming off a 4-0 trouncing of Atlante, a win that puts them back in the middle of the playoff race. Atlas has lost its last two games, and hasn’t won a match since Week 2. Can Cruz Azul get a vital away victory against a struggling Atlas?
Atlas lost its last game at Santos, a loss that eliminated all playoff hopes, and keeps them at the top (or is it bottom?) of the relegation battle, just three points ahead of Queretaro. This team has struggled to score, with just 10 goals in 11 games, and is unable to win matches, with just one win so far. Basically, Atlas is a pretty bad squad that is lucky to have Queretaro in the Liga MX, otherwise it would be first in line to return to the Ascenso MX.
Cruz Azul came up big last match, scoring four goals in a victory that pushed up their goals scored for the season from just seven to 11, and pushed the team back up the standings. Now, Cruz Azul has 17 points and is placed in the 6th spot of the Liga MX standings. Before this match, the Cruz Azul faithful were panicking a bit about the outlook of the season, but this 4-0 win over Atlante comes as a breath of fresh air, reviving what was a moribund team.
Of course, not everything is great for Cruz Azul, they defeated a team that has now lost four games in a row. However, they do have the good fortune of now having to face a team that has lost two in a row and has been pretty bad all season long. This match against Atlas will be a great test for Cruz Azul, it will show if the match against Atlante was the real deal, or just a one time fluke. Will Cruz Azul continue winning and scoring, or will it go back to getting ties?
Prediction: The Atlas vs Cruz Azul match will be an important test for Cruz Azul, a win could help them close the season strong en route to the playoffs, a draw or loss might push them back to the mediocrity they have shown all season long. Atlas has been bad all season, and I frankly don’t expect them to show much against Cruz Azul, if they do well, they would be lucky to get a point at the most. The Atlas vs Cruz Azul match will end in a 0-1 victory for Cruz Azul, confirming their status as a playoff contender.
Television: The Atlas vs Cruz Azul match will be televised on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:00 PM EDT on Univision Deportes.