Puebla vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 7:00 PM – Azteca America
Puebla (4th) and Chivas de Guadalajara (6th) will face off in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday evening. This game is of critical importance for both teams, since a win for Leones Negros would send the loser of this game to the foot of the Tabla de Cociente.
Puebla is riding a four-game unbeaten streak, although their winning streak came to an end last weekend when they let a late lead slip against Jaguares, having to settle for a 2-2 draw. Chivas had a winning streak of their own ended last weekend when they lost 1-0 away to Querétaro, and they haven’t had a ton of success on the road overall this season. In addition, Chivas’s Aldo de Nigris suffered an injury in that game and he’ll now be sidelined for three weeks. Puebla is unbeaten at “home” in the Estadio BUAP this season, with three wins and a draw, and they have a better offensive record than Chivas. Overall, however, the two teams are fairly evenly matched, with just one point separating them in the league standings.
Both of these teams were active in the Copa MX quarterfinals in midweek, with Puebla defeating Mérida 2-1 and Chivas overcoming Querétaro on penalties after a goalless draw.
América vs Santos Laguna – 7:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
América (3rd) played out a fairly listless 0-0 draw with Pachuca last weekend and is now winless in two games. They’ll look to get back on track when they return home to the Estadio Azteca for this one. However, despite their overall positive home record, América did lose in their last outing in the Azteca. Although the Águilas have one of the better offenses and one of the better defenses in the league, it somehow just hasn’t been going as smoothly as expected for Gustavo Matosas. He’ll look to get América back to winning ways here, particularly given that the fanbase would not stand for two consecutive home defeats.
Santos Laguna (11th) has given up late leads in two consecutive matches, allowing León to fight back for a win in Jornada 8 and allowing Tijuana to come back for a draw in Jornada 9. The Laguneros are trying to move up into the playoff places, and they’ll need to snap a four-game winless streak in order to do so. Santos has a strong attack, with Diego Hernán “Pulpo” González near the top of the individual goalscoring table, but their defense has let them down time and again as of late. They need to cut down on the defensive errors if they want to walk out of the Azteca with a positive result.
Tigres UANL vs Pachuca – 9:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL (9th) lost to Leones Negros last weekend, giving them their third consecutive road loss in league play. The universitarios have been much better at home this season, where they currently have a three-game winning streak, but the demands of the Copa Libertadores are taking their toll on the team in terms of injury and fatigue. Tigres traveled to Bolivia to take on San José on Wednesday night, and they picked up a valuable 0-1 win in the high altitude. Several key players, such as Rafael Sobis, didn’t travel to Bolivia due to nagging injuries, and Tigres will hope they’re rested and refreshed for this game.
As for Pachuca (13th), the Tuzos played out a listless 0-0 draw with América last weekend and are currently winless in two in league play and winless in four in all competitions. Pachuca hasn’t traveled well this season either, with three losses in their four road games to date. The Tuzos are five spots outside the playoff places, but the table is tight and they are only one point behind 8th-placed Toluca. A win here would go a long way in Pachuca’s fight to make the Liguilla, and they’ll look to take advantage of a tired Tigres side here.
León vs Cruz Azul – 10:06 PM – Telemundo
León (12th) suffered a 1-0 loss to Veracruz last weekend, which was their second loss in three games. In addition, León had three players red carded in that game, and José Juan Vázquez, Carlos Peña, and Nacho González will all be sidelined for this clash. León is unbeaten at home in their last three games (two wins and a draw), but they’ll need to plug the holes left by those three suspensions if they want to keep that streak alive.
As for Cruz Azul (5th), La Máquina drew 1-1 with Atlas last weekend to end a two-game losing streak. They’ll now look to take the next step and return to winning ways when they visit León. They’ll be missing Gerardo Torrado, who is serving a two-game suspension, but Roque Santa Cruz is back from injury and they do have a fairly good road record, with just one away loss. In addition, Cruz Azul still has one of the best defenses in the league, allowing just five goals to date.
Atlas vs Monterrey – 11:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Atlas (7th) drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul last weekend, which keeps them winless in two in league play. Atlas hasn’t fared very well at home in recent weeks either, with back-to-back home losses against Pachuca and Veracruz. They haven’t won a home game since January, but they did defeat Leones Negros in the Estadio Jalisco in an “away” game back in week five (Atlas and Leones share the stadium).
As for Monterrey (15th), the Rayados defeated Toluca 3-2 last weekend to give them two wins in their last three. However, they have had a torrid time on the road this season and have lost every single one of their away games. And in those five games, the Rayados managed just a single goal, in a 4-1 loss to Santos Laguna. Antonio Mohamed’s new challenge, then, will be getting Monterrey some points away from the Tec, now that he has shown he can win with the Rayados at home.
Neither team was active in midweek as the Rojinegros had a bye week in the Copa Libertadores, while Monterrey had their Copa MX quarterfinal postponed due to the poor field conditions.
Jaguares de Chiapas vs Pumas UNAM – 11:00 PM – Galavision
Jaguares de Chiapas (10th) grabbed a last-second equalizer last weekend to draw 2-2 with Puebla and avoid a second straight defeat in league play. That equalizer kept Jaguares unbeaten at home in an impressive 18 games, and they’ll look to make it 19 here. In order to do so, Chiapas will have to do something about their defense, which has leaked 18 goals, the most in the league. Their offense has been able to bail them out on several occasions, but hasn’t always been up to the task (such as in a 3-2 loss to Morelia).
As for Pumas UNAM (17th), the universitarios moved out of last place with a 2-1 win over Morelia, which ended a four-game losing streak and a five-game winless streak. Nevertheless, Pumas is just two points above last place and they have yet to win on the road this season. Their defense is almost as porous as Jaguares’, having allowed 17 goals, but their offense hasn’t been as prolific. Pumas was shutout in three of their last four games and last week’s win was the first time they’d scored multiple goals in a game since Jornada 3. However, they’ll be more rested than Jaguares for this one, since the Chiapanecos were active in the Copa MX quarterfinals in midweek, where they picked up a 0-2 win against Tijuana.