The league's two most recent champions square off and Queretaro looks to remain the lone team on maximum points. Goal helps you catch it all.
|Friday, January 17|
|10:30||Santos Laguna||-||Puebla||Univision Deportes|
|Saturday, January 18|
|10:00||Chiapas||-||Cruz Azul||Univision Deportes|
|10:00||Atlas||-||Atlante||Univision Deportes 2|
|Sunday, January 19|
All times p.m., Eastern.
Morelia - Tigres
There were some questions about Morelia's attack after the highly rated unit failed to score in its opening match. Monarcas notched two goals in the first half last week against Toluca but are still looking for their first win after conceding an equalizing penalty in the second half. Tigres too are seeking their first win, and their first goal, sitting at the foot of the Liga MX table with one point and a minus-three goal differential. Both teams had high hopes before the season, but whichever can't find a result will have some serious thinking to do.
Santos - Puebla
Puebla has shown strong resilency this season, coming from behind to draw its opening two matches, while Santos started against two of the historically big clubs and came away with just one point. The hosts will do well to keep all 11 men on the pitch after playing more than 90 cumulative minutes down a man with a red card thus far. Puebla will hope it doesn't have to play from behind this time after going down in the third minute last week and the 19th the week prior.
America - Leon
The match of the weekend pits the two most recent champions at the Azteca. Of course, it's only been weeks since Leon denied America a second-straight title with a comprehensive 5-1 aggregate victory. Both clubs come in mostly on championship form, though America lost in Tijuana last weekend after a 3-0 opening victory against Tigres. Leon got the better of Atlas last weekend after an opening draw.
Veracruz - Chivas
This match is the only one to pit two teams coming in off a victory with both clubs entering on four points after improving upon opening draws with Week 2 victories. Fans of both teams will be encouraged after seeing their clubs finish poorly last season. Veracruz, however, has seen this before, vaulting to an excellent start in the Apertura before falling and missing the Liguilla. Each team can make a statement that last week wasn't just a fluke.
Monterrey - Queretaro
The Gallos Blancos of Queretaro are the only Liga MX club to have won both its matches. That won't be pleasent news to Monterrey, which comes in on two draws. What's more, los Rayados will be without star striker Humberto Suazo for the rest of the season. They'll need someone to step up as a scorer or else will risk missing out on the Liguilla for a second-consecutive tournament.
Pachuca - Tijuana
Xolos come in with tails wagging after defending home turf Friday in a 1-0 win against America that fans on la frontera hope signal a return to greatness for the club. Pachuca has stumbled out of the gates after an active offseason, but a 0-0 draw at Tigres last week will provide a reason for optimism with this week's match in Estadio Hidalgo, which was a very tough place to play last Clausura.
Chiapas - Cruz Azul
Chiapas gets to host but won't be thrilled to see another big club after last week's defeat aganist Chivas. Cruz Azul seems to be rounding into form, beating Santos last week, but there will have to be some adjutments after new man Marco Fabian saw red in the dying moments of the match.
Atlas - Atlante
Sadly for these teams, the theme of this match is relegation. Atlante will be fighting against it all season, while Atlas hopes to avoid being dragged down into the muck that so often seems to be the drop zone. Atlas revamped its side this offseason but is still chasing a first victory. If it doesn't come Saturday, alarm bells will start ringing.
Pumas - Toluca
Toluca has looked like one of the strongest clubs in the tournament, with a win and draw to open the season, and while Pumas have just one point they look to be much improved as well. Regardless, the club was so poor during the Apertura that even though it's better it will still need some magic from the home field or home crowd or some other source of mysticism to stop the high-flying Red Devils.
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