In the round of 16 in the Copa MX, Leon will host Cruz Azul at the Estadio Leon this Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (5:00 PM Pacific). The match should be one of the most contested of the round of 16, with both teams looking to advance to the next round of the Copa MX.
The ‘esmeraldas’ have been struggling heavily in the Liga MX Clausura 2017 in dead last with only six points. The Copa MX has been a different story for Leon, finishing the group stages of the competition undefeated with four victories as one of the top teams. Leon finished the group stages with 13 goals, having only allowed three goals as well.
Leon’s main source of goals came from three players who scored two goals each in Mauro Boselli, Carlos Guzman and Diego Novaretti. Manager, Javier Torrente, has emphasized a great importance in the cup competition and will look to advance to the next round of the Copa MX. Home-field advantage should play a big role in this game for ‘la fiera’ and could be the deciding factor in the match.
Cruz Azul is also a team that has been struggling in the Liga MX in 14th place with nine points. The Copa MX was also not easy for ‘la maquina’, just making the round of 16 with one win, two draws and a loss. Cruz Azul finished in second place in group 2 of the competition, four points off Queretaro with nine points in first. Paco Jemez also seems to have shown importance in the competition, although it may be the least of his worries currently.
Cruz Azul is not in the playoffs and is just 11 points ahead of Veracruz in last on the relegation table. It will be interesting to see if Paco Jemez keeps on utilizing alternate players in the competition or starts using his Liga MX starters for this match. In the last match against Queretaro in the Copa MX Jemez did use several key players like Martin Cauteruccio, Christian Gimenez, Angel Mena and Martin Rodriguez. Cruz Azul must present a strong side to stand a chance against Leon at the Estadio Leon, which has proved to be a fortress in the past. The match should be one of the best in the round of 16 of the Copa MX.