Léon vs Guadalajara & Pumas vs Cruz Azul

  • Playoff  second leg ties at 10pm ET Saturday and 7.30pm ET Sunday.
  • Leon and  Guadalajara drew-1-1 while Cruz Azul hammered Pumas 4-0
  • See all odds and best bets for Liga MX Apertura Semifinals Leg 2

Leon vs Chivas Gualdalajara

Leon will hope to make home advantage count when they meet Chivas Guadalajara in the playoff semi final second leg on Saturday.

The tie is finely balanced after the teams drew 1-1  in the first leg in Guadalajara. Leon now hold an important away goal should the game finish level.

Leon vs Chivas Gualdalajara Odds

Matchup Spread Moneyline Total
Leon vs Chivas Guadalajara LEO -1 (+123) | CHI +1 (-159) LEO -150 | CHI +410 | DRAW +265 Ov 2.5 (-109) | Un 2.5 (+121)

Odds from Draftkings taken on December4.

Leon are rated as wide favorites to win the match at 10:00pm ET and advance to the final after finishing top of the table in the competition’s regular season.

At Draftkings, Leon are priced at – 150 for a victory with Guadalajara at  + 410. The draw after 90 minutes is +265. The spread offer for Leon to win by two or more goals is the most attractive at +123 (Asian Handicap -1.) The draw has value, too.

Resumen y Goles | Chivas vs León | Liga BBVA MX – Guardianes 2020 – Semifinales – YouTube

It is Leon’s reputation for fast and fluid attacking football which makes them such firm favorites to progress. They are seeking their first Liga MX title since 2014.

They took the lead in the 38th minute of the first leg thanks to a goal from attacking full-back Ferando Navarro.

Chivas equalised from a 52nd minute penalty converted by Jose Macias.

However, Leon proved their dominance across the full range of match statistics – having 20 goal attempts to Guadalajara’s 10, for instance.

In the regular season, Leon finished with 40 points –  eight ahead of second-placed Pumas  UNAM.

Leon dominated possession with 62 per cent of the ball compared to Guadalajara’s 38 per cent. And they had 87 attacks in contrast to the 57 mounted by their opponents.

In the regular season, Leon finished with 40 points –  eight ahead of second-placed Pumas  UNAM.

They recorded 12 wins, four draws and only one defeat during their advance to the last eight of the playoffs.

They suffered a shock defeat in the first leg of the playoff quarter finals when they were beaten 2-1 at Puebla, who were the most lowly qualifiers for the playoffs in 12th position.

But they won the return match 2-0.

Guadalajara were seventh in the regular season table – meaning they qualified for the playoff “re-classication” round in which the teams finishing fifth to 12th compete to reach the quarterfinals.

After a 1-0 defeat of Necaxa in this section, they overcame Club America in the last eight.

They won the first leg 1-0 and the return tie by 2-1 – with defender Christian Calderon scoring all three of Chivas’ goals.


Pumas UNAM vs Cruz Azul

Cruz Azul pulled off a stunning 4-0 defeat of Pumas UNAM in the semifinal first leg and are favorites for a repeat victory away from home in the return leg on Sunday.

The hopes of Pumas reaching the final look crushed even though they were second place finishers in the regular season.

Pumas UNAM vs Cruz Azul Odds

Matchup Spread Moneyline Total
Pumas UNAM vs Cruz Azul N/A PUM +210 | CRU +120 | DRAW +245 N/A

Odds from Draftkings taken on December4.

Cruz Azul were fourth-placed finishers. At Draftkings, they are are priced at +120 to win the second leg.

Pumas are rated at +210 which is a good value offer given that they have nothing to lose by playing adventurously. The draw after 90 minutes is an eve better proposition at +245 at 7:30pm ET.

Cruz Azul wrapped up their first leg win inside 13 frantic opening minutes when they scored three times at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City.

Gol de L. Romo | Cruz Azul 4 – 0 Pumas | Liga MX – Guardianes 2020 Apertura | LIGA BBVA MX – YouTube

Midfielder Roberto Alvarado opened their account after just two minutes.

Fellow midfielder Rafael Baca then hit the target just six minutes later with defender Luis Barron getting the third in the 13th minute.

Barron scored again five minutes into added time at the end after Alvarado had another effort disallowed.

Statistically speaking, the game was more even than the wide score-line indicates.

Cruz Azul’s goalkeeper Jose Corona had to make four vital saves compared to only one from Pumas’ Julio Gonzalez.

Pumas had more possession at 59 per cent compared to Cruz Azul’s 49 per cent – proving that Cruz were highly effective when counter-attacking.

Both sides had an equal number of goal attempts at 12 each.

Cruz Azul’s goalkeeper Jose Corona had to make four vital saves compared to only one from Pumas’ Julio Gonzalez.

In the last eight, Cruz Azul were 3-1 winners over Tigres UANL before a 1-0 defeat in the second leg.

Pumas won 1-0 at Pachuca before a 0-0 draw in the second game secured their semifinal place.

There had been only one defeat, eight wins and eight draws as the gritty Pumas side finished second in the regular season table.

Cruz were fourth with nine wins, six defeats and two draws.

Pick: Draw +245

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John Dillon

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