The Liga MX Playoffs 2021 have given us plenty of surprises so far, and there's a lot of action left. Pachuca and Cruz Azul clash today at the Estadio Hidalgo for the first leg of the Mexican league semifinals looking to seal a place in the defining stage of the tournament. Here, you'll find everything there is to know about this game, such as information, storylines, predictions, odds, and how to watch it in the US.

Tuzos are the dark horses of the competition and want to keep pulling off shocking results. Paulo Pezzolano's side made its way into this stage after leaving behind giants such as Guadalajara and Club América against all odds. Will they upset the frontrunner candidate?

Meanwhile, La Máquina are getting close to the long-awaited title in an outstanding campaign. Juan Reynoso's boys were unstoppable in the regular season and even though they were threatened by Toluca, Cruz Azul took care of business to continue on their way towards the main goal, which is putting their hands on the trophy. 

Pachuca vs Cruz Azul: Match Information

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 9:30 PM (ET)
Location: Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca

Pachuca vs Cruz Azul: Time by State in the US

ET: 9:30 PM
CT: 8:30 PM
MT: 7:30 PM
PT: 6:30 PM

Pachuca vs Cruz Azul: Storylines and Head-to-Head

When the Liga MX regular season began, Pachuca seemed to be far away from being a semifinalist team. They struggled in the first weeks and were unable to record a win until the tenth round. From then on, Tuzos have had a remarkable improvement and reached this stage in great fashion. Despite their loss against América last Sunday, which left an aggregate score of 5-5, they advanced due to away goals.

On the other hand, Cruz Azul have been seen as the strongest candidate since they began an unbeaten streak that ran from the third round to the 17th. Their record ended in the first leg of the quarterfinals against Toluca, but they bounced back in the rematch and remain alive in the title race. Will La Máquina keep on that way to continue fighting for a highly desired title for their fans?

These two have a long history of facing each other in the Mexican League. Cruz Azul have won 21 times, while Pachuca claimed the win in 14 games, and they've tied in nine duels.

Pachuca vs Cruz Azul: Liga MX Guard1anes 2021 Standings

Pachuca finished the regular season in eighth place with 23 points and began their path in these playoffs from the Wild Card round, while Cruz Azul sat atop the table with 41 points and got directly into the quarterfinals.

Pachuca vs Cruz Azul: Liga MX Guard1anes 2021 Top Scorers

Jonathan Rodríguez is Cruz Azul's leading goalscorer, as he has been on target ten times, while Pachuca's top scorer is Roberto Carlos de la Rosa, who has six goals this term.

Jonathan Rodriguez has been one of the most prolific strikers this season (Getty).

How to watch or live stream Pachuca vs Cruz Azul in the US

The first leg of the Liga MX Playoffs 2021 quarterfinals to be played between Pachuca and Cruz Azul at Estadio Hidalgo will be broadcast in the US by TUDN.com, TUDN USA, and TUDN App.

Pachuca vs Cruz Azul: Predictions and Odds

Oddsmakers have already made their predictions for this game, and they see the hosts as favorites. FanDuel has given Pachuca odds of +155, while Cruz Azul have +170, and a tie would result in a +220 payout.

  FanDuel
Pachuca +155
Tie +220
Cruz Azul +170

* Odds via FanDuel.