This weekend, the Liga MX Guard1anes Tournament 2021 will have one of the most highly-anticipated games this season. Club América and Cruz Azul will finally face off in Round 15 of the Mexican league, in which both are holding amazing winning streaks being close to each other in the standings. Here, you'll find everything there is to know about this exciting Clasico Joven, such as information, storylines, predictions, odds, and even how to watch it in the US.
The Aguilas will be the hosts, although both share the Estadio Azteca as their home. Santiago Solari's team has been chasing Cruz Azul all along the tournament claiming great results every week, but the Cementeros were unstoppable so far and made it impossible to surpass them.
This is the opportunity for América to finally take the first spot away from their rivals, who haven't lost since the second round. Juan Reynoso Guzmán's boys, on the other hand, can break a record this weekend if they claim one more win. Needless to say, the upcoming Clasico Joven is a must-watch.
Club América vs Cruz Azul: Match Information
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time: 10:05 PM (ET)
Location: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Club América vs Cruz Azul: Time by State in the US
ET: 10:05 PM
CT: 9:05 PM
MT: 8:05 PM
PT: 7:05 PM
Club América vs Cruz Azul: Storylines and Head-to-Head
Liga MX fans have been waiting for this match for a long time. Ever since these two have embarked on an outstanding winning streak that saw both of them holding onto the first two spots of the standings, there were high expectations for the Clasico Joven to kick off.
Club América head to this thrilling duel with seven league wins in a row under their belt, including the Clasico Nacional over lifelong rivals Chivas. The Aguilas have also beaten another strong opponent like Tigres last weekend, proving they are serious title contenders. Solari's team has picked up many victories so far, but the leaders were astonishing and didn't let América climb to the top.
Cruz Azul quickly recovered from a bad start in the tournament to grab 13 straight wins, an astonishing mark that is among the best in Liga MX's history. The Máquina are just one triumph away from breaking the record that they currently share with León and Necaxa. Reynoso Guzmán's side has done what was necessary to extend such a wonderful string of good results and is arguably the strongest candidate to lift the trophy, although playoffs are tricky. The result of this game could be seen as a sort of a prediction about who may be the champions this year.
These two have a long history facing each other. Taking into account all competitions, they've clashed 165 times, with América dominating most of those games with 60 victories, while Cruz Azul won 47 matches, and they tied in 58 games.
Club América vs Cruz Azul: Liga MX Guard1anes Tournament 2021 Standings
Cruz Azul are atop the Liga MX standings with 36 points after recording 13 straight wins and booked a ticket to the playoffs weeks ago. América are in the second seed with 34 points, and they have also sealed a spot in the playoffs recently.
Club América vs Cruz Azul: Liga MX Guard1anes Tournament Tournament Top Scorers
Club América: Henry Josue Martín (6)
Cruz Azul: Jonathan Rodríguez (7)
How to watch or live stream Club América vs Cruz Azul in the US
The Clasico Joven between Club América and Cruz Azul will be broadcasted in the US by TUDN.com, Univision NOW, TUDN App, TUDN USA, and Univision.
Club América vs Cruz Azul: Predictions and Odds
Oddsmakers have already placed their bets ahead of the Clasico Joven, and Las Aguilas are seen as slight favorites. FanDuel has given odds of +145 to América, while a Cruz Azul triumph would result in a +190 payout and a tie in +210.
* Odds via FanDuel.