Liga MX final 2021: Date, time, odds, TV schedule & location for Cruz Azul vs. Santos Laguna

They are one of the biggest soccer clubs in Mexico and they have one of the largest fan bases. But they haven’t won a Mexican league title in 23 years.

Cruz Azul will be under immense pressure to finally end that drought when they face Santos Laguna in the two-leg, aggregate-goal Liga MX final.

When is the Liga MX final?

1st Leg: Santos Laguna vs. Cruz Azul

2nd Leg: Cruz Azul vs. Santos Laguna

The Liga MX final will be played over two legs. The team that scores the most total goals in both matches will be crowned Clausura 2021 champions.

Liga MX plays split seasons: two seasons every calendar year. The Clausura 2021 champion is the best team from January to May.

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How to watch the Liga MX final in the USA

1st Leg: Santos Laguna vs. Cruz Azul

2nd Leg: Cruz Azul vs. Santos Laguna

FS2 / FOX Deportes and Univision / TUDN will be splitting coverage of the two Liga MX final legs. Both networks are available via fuboTV’s 7-day free trial.

Cruz Azul, Santos Laguna in Liga MX final

Since their last Mexican title in 1997, Cruz Azul have been to the final six times, but they’ve come up short in every instance. These failures have haunted the team and will surely hang over them against Santos Laguna. Fans of La Maquina are constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop.

But this might be their best chance to undo the hex. Cruz Azul were the best team during the recent Liga MX regular season, including a record-tying 12 straight wins. The No. 1 seed hasn’t had an easy time in the playoffs, sweating out tough playoff series against Toluca in the quarterfinals (advancing 4-3 on aggregate goals) and Pachuca in the semis (1-0 on aggregate goals).

They’ll play Thursday’s first leg against No. 5-seeds Santos Laguna on the road with a chance to close it out at home in front of their fans on Sunday.

A youthful Santos team was never expected to make it this far and they had to win a play-in game just to make the playoffs. But they won’t be pushovers: They have the most home wins in Mexico this season (nine wins in 12 games). Cruz Azul will likely take a conservative, defensive approach so as not to have a massive deficit to make up in the second leg.

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These two teams faced off back on the first weekend of the regular season and Santos beat Cruz Azul 1-0, one of only two regular season losses that Cruz Azul would suffer.

Keep an eye out for two players in this series. Cruz Azul’s top weapon is Uruguayan forward Jonathan “Cabecita” Rodriguez (10 goals), a former Santos player. Former San Jose Earthquakes player Rafael Baca also is an immovable starter in the heart of La Maquina’s midfield.

Santos, who last won a Mexican league title in 2018, will continue to ride the Eduardo Aguirre train (photo above). The 22-year old Mexican forward and Santos academy product has scored five goals in Los Guerreros’ five playoff games so far.

How Liga MX tiebreaker works in the final

Unlike the quarterfinal and semifinal stage of the Liga MX playoffs, the final will NOT employ total away goals as a tiebreaker.

If Cruz Azul and Santos are tied on aggregate goals at the end of the second leg in Mexico City, 30 minutes of extra time and a penalty-kick shootout will determine the winner at the Estadio Azteca.

Liga MX Final: Leg 1 Odds & Prediction

Odds courtesy of DraftKings

Santos are not going to be an easy out for this cursed Cruz Azul team, but there is a talent gap between these two teams. Cruz Azul have the better and more experienced squad. So +125 Draw No Bet on the No. 1 seeds is not terrible value. It’s a match they will want to win or draw at all costs. The pressure would only ratchet up if they head into Sunday’s second leg with any sort of deficit. 

Cruz Azul’s coach, Peruvian Juan Reynoso, is a pragmatist. They’ll be organized, compact and pick their moments in the attack with a devastating counterattack. And they definitely have the difference makers to possibly nick a narrow Leg 1 win against Santos.

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