América vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 7:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
The SuperClásico. The most hyped rivalry game in Mexican soccer arrives with its two participants at completely different levels: América is in 1st place and has clinched a playoff spot; Chivas is 17th, has no realistic chance of reaching the playoffs, and is involved in a relegation fight. Both of these teams lost their previous derby matches, with Chivas falling 0-1 to Atlas in the Clásico Tapatío and América succumbing 4-0 to Cruz Azul in the Clásico Joven, which makes the SuperClásico an even more important match in terms of bragging rights.
Chivas has just two wins this season and is riding a six-game winless streak. They’ve lost three of their last four away games and are one of the lowest scoring teams in the league. As for the Águilas, they’ve won their last three home games and will be looking for a big win at home to make up for last weekend’s loss to Querétaro. The cliché is that form goes out the window in a rivalry game, and Chivas will be hoping that’s true.
Puebla vs Pachuca – 7:00 PM – Azteca America / ESPN Deportes
Puebla (15th) suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss to Atlas after taking the lead last week, and they are now winless in their last seven. Although they only lost twice in that span, earning five draws, draws are not enough for a team sitting in the penultimate spot in the relegation standings. The Poblanos are in desperate need of wins, but they haven’t been looking likely to get them.
As for Pachuca (7th), the Tuzos will also be disappointed by last week’s result, a 0-0 home draw with lowly Leones Negros. Pachuca is currently in the playoff places, but they could slip as low as 11th with a loss tonight. The Tuzos are unbeaten in four, though, including their last two road games, and they’ll fancy their chances against an underwhelming Puebla side, particularly one that had a midweek game. Puebla took on Lobos BUAP in the Copa MX semifinals and won on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Tigres UANL vs Querétaro – 9:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL (4th) gave up a 0-2 lead to draw 2-2 in the Clásico Regio last weekend, and will be looking to return to winning ways at home in the Estadio Universitario. They’re unbeaten in their last seven games and have won two of their last three home games. Tigres are looking to lock up a playoff spot and they could move as high as 2nd with a win here, depending on other results.
As for Querétaro (9th), the Gallos Blancos earned a last-minute 3-2 win against América last weekend, but it wasn’t quite enough to lift them into the playoff places. A win here could do that, and Querétaro will be confident after snapping a three-game losing streak against the league leaders. The Gallos haven’t done well on the road though, losing four of their six away games this season. They will have an advantage over Tigres in terms of rest, however, as UANL played in the Copa MX semifinals in midweek, losing 2-4 to Santos Laguna.
León vs Atlas – 10:06 PM – Telemundo
León (10th) has shot up the table with three straight wins, but they’re still a point and two places out of the playoff spots. The reigning champions need to keep winning if they want to have a chance to defend their title, but Atlas (2nd) is not going to make things easy for them. The Zorros have won three of their last four and are looking to pass América at the top of the table.
Atlas has been inconsistent on the road as of late, though, going 1-1-1 in their last three. On the other hand, León has lost two of their last four home games and has the second-worst defense in the league. After León was knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League in the group stage, missing out on the playoffs as well would be another failure they don’t want. Expect La Fiera to come out guns blazing in search of a win.
Jaguares de Chiapas vs Cruz Azul – 11:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Jaguares de Chiapas (6th) are on a two-game winning streak after ending a five-game winless streak in Jornada 13. They’re currently in the playoff places and would like to stay there, and they’re unbeaten at home this season with three wins and three draws.
As for Cruz Azul (8th), La Máquina climbed into the playoff spots with a win against Morelia last weekend, but they could slip right back out of the top eight with a loss tonight. They haven’t won on the road this season, with three losses and three draws, but they can’t afford to drop points to Chiapas – especially considering Cruz Azul could leapfrog the Jaguares with a win. This game will go a long way towards determining if these two teams will finish the season in the playoff spots, and both teams very much want to make the Liguilla.
Leones Negros vs Santos Laguna – 11:00 PM – Galavision
Leones Negros (16th) are riding a four-game unbeaten streak (one win and three draws) but are still dead last in the relegation standings. The Universidad de Guadalajara needs to stop drawing and start winning, and they might like their chances of snatching points from a suddenly struggling Santos Laguna (11th).
The Laguneros are winless in six, with three losses and three draws in that span, and they’re winless in their last four road games as well. They’re still harboring hopes of making the playoffs, but they have just three games left to climb into the top eight – and stay there. Leones are in a better run of form, but they’re also the lowest-scoring team in the league, with just seven goals in fourteen games, and Santos has a number of goal-scoring threats at their disposal. If Leones want a win, they’re likely going to have to shut out the likes of Javier Orozco, Andrés Rentería, and Carlos Darwin Quintero, who all had a great game in midweek in the Copa MX semifinals, where Santos defeated Tigres 2-4.