Clausura 2019 Quarterfinal Previews: Sunday’s Games

Cruz Azul vs América – 7:00 PM – Univision
First leg: América 3-1 Cruz Azul

Cruz Azul lost the first leg, but thanks to their away goal and their position as higher seed, they are still in a reasonable position to advance: La Máquina needs a two-goal win to move on to the semifinals. They were not a very high-scoring team in the regular season, though, amassing 26 goals in total; they won by a 2+-goal margin just four times in 17 games. Nevertheless, that’s what they need to do in this one. The pressure is on, especially since Cruz Azul will not want to be knocked out of the playoffs by their Clásico rivals.

As for América, the Águilas will move on with a win, a draw, or a one-goal loss. Every single away game they played in the regular season falls within that range: they had three wins, one draw, and four one-goal losses. And, of course, América is the away name in name only here, since Cruz Azul shares their Estadio Azteca – a stadium where the Águilas allowed just six goals in total through nine games. Those stats will leave América feeling confident they can make their first-leg victory stand up.

Monterrey vs Necaxa – 9:00 PM – Fox Deportes
First leg: Necaxa 1-0 Monterrey

Monterrey was the only higher seed not to score in the first leg as they suffered a narrow 1-0 loss. The Rayados will move on with a 1-0 victory of their own, though, although if Necaxa gets an away goal they’ll need to win by two to advance. Monterrey was unbeaten at home in the regular season and they’ll look to keep that streak alive in this one. They’ll be without the suspended Avilés Hurtado, however, after he picked up two yellow cards in the first leg.

As for Necaxa, the Rayos will move on with a win or a draw, or a one-goal loss as long as they score. That puts them in a fairly favorable position, and Necaxa had a good away record in the regular season, with five victories in their nine games. They actually accumulated more wins and more points on the road than they did at home, and they’ll look to end Monterrey’s home unbeaten streak in this one.

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