Two weeks and six playoff places remain in the Liga MX Clausura, meaning several teams are desperate for a result this weekend.
|Friday, April 18|
|8:30||Morelia||-||Cruz Azul||ESPN Deportes
|Saturday, April 19|
|8:00||Pachuca||-||Puebla||Univision Deportes 2|
|Sunday, April 20|
All times p.m. ET
Monarcas - Cruz Azul
Morelia squandered an early advantage and drew with Chivas 1-1 last week and is in danger of squandering any chance it has at postseason play. However, Cruz Azul has already clinched its spot in the Liguilla and with a CONCACAF Champions League decider looming Wednesday might not be inclined to start its strongest squad.
America - Queretaro
The up and down season continued for America, which was able to make a first-minute goal from Miguel Layun stand against Puebla. Now it faces a Queretaro team on the rise. After four matches undefeated, the visitors sit just one point off the playoff places despite a season full of tumult off the pitch. America will look to put an end to that streak and secure its own Liguilla spot.
Pachuca - Puebla
Enner Valencia scored a double to increase his Golden Boot lead, but los Tuzos gave up two goals and ended up drawing Cruz Azul last week. Hosting Puebla, which sits at the foot of the table after losing to America last week, could be the boost the club needs to get into the Liguilla. Michael Orozco remains out for the visitors, and Alberto Medina will also miss the match.
Santos - Chiapas
It's pretty simple for Pedro Caixinha's men: win against Chiapas and they're into the Liguilla. There's a decent chance the club will still qualify without a victory, but los Guerreros are in fine form coming in undefeated in the last six league matches. Their opposite numbers have a lot more work to do and won't roll over easily.
Monterrey - Veracruz
Los Rayados need a victory badly, having to win both of their final matches to have any shot at the Liguilla. Neither team has lost in its last four matches but both will be disappointed with back-to-back draws. Split a point again and it's time to start looking toward the Apertura.
Leon - Tigres
It hasn't gone as expected for these feline clubs this season, but both are still somewhat in the hunt. A draw would likely doom both to miss the postseason, which will disappoint Tigres' ardent fan base, while Leon at least can point to success in the Copa Libertadores as reason for missing the Liguilla the tournament after winning it. Of course, that's getting ahead of things, since the postseason is still in reach, but it won't be easy for either team.
Atlas - Toluca
Toluca comes off a CONCACAF Champions League draw with Cruz Azul and already has its spot in the Liguilla locked up. Meanwhile, Atlas will stay in the top division, leaving both clubs without too much to play for in this contest. The edge would go to Toluca if it plays its full squad, but the CONCACAF Champions League final Wednesday is likely to be of more importance.
Pumas - Chivas
Chivas sits in the final playoff position with Pumas a point ahead but with a cushion thanks to two other teams that, like Chivas, have 21 points. Dario Veron and Martin Bravo miss for Pumas because of injury and Marco Palacios is suspended after getting a red card in last week's 1-1 draw with Veracruz, but Chivas' injury list is even longer with six players unavailable for this match that could decide whether the season is a success or a failure.
Atlante - Tijuana
Atlante is headed for relegation unless something unusual happens with some of the teams in trouble off the pitch, so this might be the chance Tijuana needs to get a road victory. Xolos are clinging to the edge of the Liguilla positions and will feel good if they can get all three points.