Apertura 2016 Quarterfinals Preview: Thursday’s Games

liga mxNecaxa vs Pachuca – 8:30 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (7th) drew 1-1 with Chivas de Guadalajara in their final regular-season game to keep them unbeaten in two. Edson Puch was sent off in that game, but he was cleared by the Disciplinary Committee and will be available for this match. The Rayos have a three-game home winning streak going and are in fact unbeaten at home this season, a streak they will look to keep alive here.

As for Pachuca (2nd), the Tuzos drew 3-3 with América in their last match to keep them winless in two but unbeaten at home this season. Pachuca has the best attacking record in the league, but their away form hasn’t been the best. They are 1-1-1 in their last three road games and they’ll need to improve their away form if they want to become bicampeón.

In the lone regular-season meeting between these two, Pachuca beat Necaxa 1-0 in Jornada 3.

América vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 10:30 PM – Univision Deportes
The midweek games end with a clásico, with América (5th) hosting their arch-rivals. América drew 3-3 with Pachuca in their final regular-season game, which kept the Águilas unbeaten in eight but winless in two. América struggled in the Azteca in the first half of the season, but they’re currently enjoying a three-game home winning streak and they’ll look to get back at Chivas after they suffered defeat in the Superclásico in the regular season.

As for Chivas de Guadalajara (4th), el Rebaño drew 1-1 with Necaxa in their last match to keep them unbeaten in three but winless in two. Chivas is unbeaten in three on the road as well, and they have the second-best away record of the eight playoff teams. They will want to show that their victory over the Águilas earlier this season was not a fluke, but they do have the least prolific attack of any of the playoff teams.

In the lone regular-season meeting between these two, Chivas beat América 0-3 in Jornada 7.

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