Cruz Azul vs Monterrey Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Liga MX Match (Monterrey Makes a Statement on the Road)

Larry Rupp
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Cruz Azul vs Monterrey Match Info

2022-23 Mexican Liga MX
Cruz Azul (0-1-0, 1 point) vs. Monterrey (0-0-1, 0 points)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Azteca Stadium — Mexico City, Mexico

Cruz Azul and Monterrey meet head-to-head in exciting Liga MX action on Saturday night. Cruz Azul kicked off the second half of the campaign with a 1-1 draw against Tijuana on Sunday. Meanwhile, Monterrey suffered a 1-0 loss to Guadalajara on Saturday and is in need of a bounce-back outing.

Cruz Azul vs Monterrey Odds & Spread

All Liga MX betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: AZUL: (+195) | MONT: (+135) | Draw (+230)
Spread: AZUL +1 (-185) | MONT: -1 (+380)
Total: 2.5 – Over: (-116) | Under: (-122)
Team to Score the First Goal: TOTT: (+105) | MONT: (-120) I NO GOALS: (+950)

Monterrey enters this contest as a slight favorite on FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 6 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 2.5 goals with the under being favored at -122 odds.

Cruz Azul vs Monterrey Prediction & Pick

It's important to not let recency bias take over in this matchup. Monterrey posted an impressive 10-5-2 (W-D-L) record over the first half of Liga MX play, while Cruz Azul posted a 7-3-7 (W-D)L) record. One loss is not going to cause manager Víctor Manuel Vucetich's squad to enter a downward spiral.

That's why I find myself siding with Monterrey. Monterrey is 3-2-0 (W-D-L) in its last five matches against Cruz Azul and has not suffered a loss in this rivalry since March of 2021. Cruz Azul logged a dismal minus-8 goal differential in the first half, so Monterrey should be able to score in this battle.

Final Score Prediction: Cruz Azul: 0 | Monterrey: 2

Cruz Azul vs Monterrey Betting Trends

- Cruz Azul sits in sixth place on the 2022-23 Liga MX table with a 0-1-0 record (1 point) and a zero goal differential.
- Monterrey sits in 16th place on the 2022-23 Liga MX table with a 0-0-1 record (0 points) and a minus-1 goal differential.
- Cruz Azul is 2-2-1 (W-D-L) in its last five matches.
- Monterrey is 1-1-3 (W-D-L) in its last five matches.
- Monterrey is 3-2-0 (W-D-L) in its last five matches against Cruz Azul.

Cruz Azul vs Monterrey Best Bet

Monterrey has the talent and depth to keep Cruz Azul off the scoreboard entirely in this match. After all, that's exactly what has happened in each of the last two matches between these squads. Backing the away team to earn a statement victory at +350 odds is one way to earn a bigger payout here.

Bet: Monterrey to Win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 (+350)

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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