LAF vs CRU Dream11: Two teams whose season ended on a bad not will look at the Concacaf Champions League as an opportunity to make amends and win something really big. Los Angeles FC came unstuck at the first hurdle in the Western Conference playoffs, losing 3-1 to Seattle Sounders, while Cruz Azul got knocked out of the Apertura semifinals by Pumas UNAM.
But Concacaf Champions League offers a shot at salvation for this season. But the high stakes here means, one team will have to go deep into the abyss and do a rethinking for the upcoming season. This is a one-off quarterfinal match as Los Angeles FC face Cruz Azul at Exploria Stadium on Thursday morning (IST). Here is LAF vs CRU Dream 11 Match Prediction.
Fixture Name And Competition: Los Angeles FC vs Cruz Azul: North American Champions League
Date & Time: 09:00 AM (IST), 17 December
Venue: Exploria Stadium
Los Angeles FC: They had a disastrous campaign in MLS. Not only they finished 7th in the Western Conference but lost in the first playoff round against Seattle Sounders. For a team like them, all the talent they have on the roster, that was a mean and utterly disappointing season.
Cruz Azul: Finished the regular season with nine wins, two draws and six defeats. They made all the way to the Apertura semifinals, where a treacherous away goal undid them. But they will look to channel all the frustration into this tournament.
Head-to-head (last five meetings)
This will be the first-ever meeting between these two teams in the Concacaf Champions League.
Last meeting: NA
Live Streaming North American Champions League: No official streaming in India.
Los Angeles FC Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: As per official reports, 18-year-old defender Mohamed Traore hasn’t been cleared by Los Angeles FC’s medical team as he continues to recover from an injury. He is out of this game as a result. As things stand, he is the only player on LAFC’s injury list ahead of this LAF vs CRU Dream11 Team Prediction match.
Expected Changes: The MLS side has a healthy Carlos Vela. The Mexican will be key for the team in this game. His creativity and the ability to run past the defenders is what makes him a dangerous proposition. Then add into this LAFC’s midfield, led Kaye and Blessing, while Diego Rossi is an all-weather player, who can chip in with a goal and has the passing range to set his teammates up as well.
LAFC announced the following roster:
Goalkeepers: Pablo Sisniega, Kenneth Vermeer, Phillip Ejimadu
Defenders: Tristan Blackmon, Erik Dueñas, Tony Leone, Diego Palacios, Eddie Segura, Mohamed Traore, Mohamed El-Munir, Jesus Murillo, Dejan Jaković, Jordan Harvey
Midfielders: Eduard Atuesta, Latif Blessing, José Cifuentes, Bryce Duke, Francisco Ginella, Mark-Anthony Kaye
Forwards: Danny Musovski, Kwadwo Opoku, Brian Rodríguez, Diego Rossi, Christian Torres, Carlos Vela
Los Angeles FC Starting XI (probables):
P Sisniega (GK)
Cruz Azul Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Goalkeeper José de Jesús Corona was tested positive for Covid-19 and had to miss the second-leg match of Apertura Semi-final match against Pumas UNAM. He was a big absence as the team was knocked out. But he is likely to sit this one out, as he remains in isolation.
Adrián Aldrete picked up a knock in the first leg and had to miss the second leg match against Puma. He remains a doubt for this match.
Expected changes: S. J. Roca is likely to start between the posts for the Liga MX side.
While the attacking trio of Alvarado, Pineda and Rodrigues should start the match for Cruz Azul.
Cruz Azul Starting XI (probables):
S.J. Roca (GK)
GK: P Sisniega
DEF: T Blackmon, JJ Martinez, P Aguilar, J Dominguez
MID: C Vela, R Alvarado, R Baca
FW: B Wright-Phillips, D Rossi (C), J Rodriguez (VC)
LAF vs CRU Teams Captain options, Differential Picks
Carlos Vela: Injuries cut short his season, but we all know how good the former Arsenal and Real Sociedad player is. He is elite. He is a good captain option in Dream 11 prediction teams.
Jonathan Rodríguez: The 27-year-old has been a threat all season and is one of the best offensive players currently playing for Cruz Azul.
Bradley Wright-Phillips: The 35-year-old Englishman has a plethora of experience and knows how to turn up in style in big games.
X-factors, differential picks
Orbelín Pineda: The 24-year-old has some tricks up his sleeve and can produce something special out of nothing.
Diego Rossi: The 22-year-old Uruguayan has improved massively and is one of the best players in the MLS at the moment.
LAF vs CRU Today Match Prediction Football Match
Bet 365 Odds
Los Angeles FC To Win: 2.75 Or 36.36% chance to win
Draw: 3.00 Or 33.33% chance to win
Cruz Azul to Win: 2.37 Or 42.19% chance to win
Los Angeles FC To Win: 2.62 Or 38.17% chance to win
Draw: 3.60 Or 27.78% chance to win
Cruz Azul to Win: 2.37 Or 42.19% chance to win
Tigres UANL shipped four goals past a hapless New York City FC last night and you wonder, and forced to think, that the MLS sides have a lot to improve on to fare better in a prestigious tournament like this.
Los Angeles FC have been improving every season. They can beat any team but Cruz Azul have players with more experience and this is one such game where skills and the temperament will go hand-in-hand.
As you can see Today Match Prediction odds above, Cruz Azul are being seen as a slight favourite to win this match. So choose your LAF vs CRU Dream11 Match Prediction teams wisely.
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