The Santos vs Cruz Azul Liga MX match will take place on Friday, July 26, 2013 (7:30 PM) at the Estadio TSM in Torreon. This is the must-watch match of the week, both teams have talented rosters, and will likely be featuring in the playoffs. Furthermore, Santos will want revenge from the Clausura 2013 semifinal loss against Cruz Azul. Expect a good encounter.
This will be the first match of the season for Santos, since its week one Liga MX game against Chivas was postponed to October 30th. This will be coach Caixinha’s second season at the helm of Santos Laguna, the enigmatic Portuguese coach appears to have a handle on the Mexican league.
After a bit of a rough start in the Clausura 2013, Caixinha was able to redirect his talented squad towards the playoffs. After defeating a surprising Atlas in the quarterfinals, Santos was eventually eliminated by Liga MX runner-up Cruz Azul by an aggregate score of 5-1. Santos and the home crowd will be looking for revenge.
Cruz Azul started off the season with a 1-0 win at the Estadio Azul over Monterrey. Now, Cruz Azul will face another difficult challenge in Torreon. This talented squad has added pressure this season, as they are expected to win the Liga MX. After the disastrous end of their previous season (remember, that diving header), coach Vazquez has no other option than to win.
Cruz Azul has the talent, they simply need the right leader, whether Vazquez is that person is hard to tell. Expect Cruz Azul to make it to the playoffs, whether they actually win the title is hard to predict, after all, Cruz Azul has not won in over 15 years.
Santos vs Cruz Azul Prediction
The Santos vs Cruz Azul match will be a tight affair featuring two teams that participated in last season’s playoffs. Expect a tight encounter where both teams are looking for the win. Santos has a great defense, and Cruz Azul has the same talented offense that took them to the Clausura 2013 final. The Santos vs Cruz Azul match will end in a 1-1 draw, both teams will leave somewhat satisfied.
Santos vs Cruz Azul Television
The Santos vs Cruz Azul match will be televised on Univision Deportes this Friday, July 26, 2013 at 7:30 PM Pacific.