Last Updated on July 28, 2023 8:19 pm by Erwin Noguera
The Leagues Cup keeps running, and, although Leonel Messi is taking all the spotlights, there are a bunch of interesting things happening, even in the same group that his Inter Miami shares with other two important clubs: Cruz Azul and Atlanta United. These two teams will have to fight with their life in the line for a ticket for the next phase.
If we have to remark something it would be the good performance of the MLS teams, which have historically struggled with Mexican sides but are giving a good fight and lead most of the groups. However, traditional and powerful teams like Amèrica, Leòn, and Monterrey have shown their authority in the field.
Now, let’s move on to the important matter and see if Cruz Azul can stop its awful run of form and win for the first time this season.
Saturday, July 29th – 7:00 pm ET at the Mercedez-Benz Stadium
Cruz Azul +210
Atlanta United +118
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Why bet on Atlanta United?
As our followers know, Atlanta United started the season at full speed, but then run out of gas and started to accumulate losses and draws. The days of the great partnership between Almiron and Martinez that gave the Atlanta fans so much joy and even titles are far in the memory, but their form a couple of months ago shows that there’s a good project in there.
However, even if there is no shame to it, in this tournament, they started by getting completely torn out by Messi, that did what he wanted with the MLS side, and now the team from Gonzalo Pineda needs to give its everything to qualify.
They have their share of Argentinean talent in Thiago Almada, and although the tricky winger started strong and then faded a little, like his team, he is still capable of tearing defenses apart just by himself, like his compatriot.
Why Bet on Cruz Azul?
There’s not much to say about Cruz Azul at the moment. The team from Mexico City is yet again facing another torrid run of form at the start of the season and they carried it to this Leagues Cup 2023, as, even if they were good for most of their match against Inter Miami, with a pretty remarkable Uriel Antuna, they ended up being the first victim of the South American astro in pink and black.
Now they have to face their last group match having to win, so they must keep the few good things shown in their first game. The situation of the Maquina Cementera is a headache for its fans, as the team has already had a couple of short tournaments starting with the left foot, to the point that several months ago they ended up receiving their worst humiliation in history at the hands of none other than Amèrica.
Yes, there is the sensation that they’ll end up waking up and putting things on track for another Liga MX Liguilla participation, but it just doesn’t feel right. If relegation was still a possibility, the fans would already grow tired of starting every campaign with their hearts on their hands.
Free Betting Pick: Atlanta United vs. Cruz Azul
The Beautiful Mercedez Benz Arena, home of the Red & Black and the NLF team Atlanta Falcons, will receive this crucial match, probably with full stands. These two teams have just faced once, in a friendly match this same year that ended up 3-3. We believe that this is a fair reflection of their current realities, as we don’t see much difference between the two sides.
If we have to give an advantage to a team it would be Atlanta United just for the local factor, but the Mercedez Benz Arena has not been a stronghold of any kind, and they have more draws in recent times than wins. They also come from losing to Orlando City in that same stadium for their last MLS match. In this context, we believe a draw is the most likely result. Go for a 2-2.
Go for a draw at +246. If you bet $100 at such odds, you could get $246 for a total payout of $346.
Atlanta United vs. Cruz Azul Betting Pick: Draw