The Clascio Nacional wraps up the Liga MX slate this weekend, but there are other important clashes before the marquee match.
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Queretaro - Tijuana
This looked like it was going to be Xolos' best chance to get a road victory for the first time in more than a year, but los Gallos Blancos pulled a 2-0 upset last weekend against Tigres. It would be a great time for Tijuana to end its away misery, as it sits just outside the playoff positions with a CONCACAF Champions League semifinal and a league match against Toluca on next week's slate.
Santos - Pumas
Santos is finding its stride, sitting fifth in the table and coming in undefeated in the last three league matches and six when Copa Libertadores matches are included. The Guerreros also have scored more goals than any other club, so they're not exactly the team Pumas wants to face with two starting defenders - center backs Dario Veron and Marco Antonio Palacios - out with injury. With leading scorer Martin Bravo also set to miss out, Santos will look to take advantage and hop the visitors in the table.
Cruz Azul - Atlas
This match pits two teams who have had very different fortunes this campaign, with Cruz Azul still rolling atop the table and Atlas hoping to avoid relegation. But it looks like that mission if Atlas can continue the form its shown lately, with eight points in its last four matches. Rodrigo Millar is catching fire at the right time, but he'll have to do something truly special to hand Cruz Azul its first defeat at Estadio Azul in months.
Veracruz - Pachuca
Veracruz continues languishing at the foot of the Liga MX table but will take inspiration from getting four points in its last three matches, including a draw against America last week. Pachuca reasserted itself last week by beating Chiapas 2-0, a match which saw Enner Valencia continue his charge toward the top of the scoring table.
Monterrey - Atlante
Atlante sits fifth in the table but is in such a large hole that it might still be sent down. The Rayados have been miserable this season but will take heart after beating Pumas last week. A second straight win against a team in a playoff place could go a long way toward pointing the club back in the right direction.
Toluca - Tigres
Tigres was at the foot of the table for several weeks but started to climb the ranks, only to be knocked back down last weekend by a shock loss to visiting Queretaro. Toluca isn't the place to get back on track with the Red Devils in tremendous home form.
Chiapas - Morelia
Host Jaguares are among the Mexican teams with financial issues, and it seems to have started to weigh on the players. After a decent start, they've failed to win in their last four apperances. Meanwhile, Morelia was balleyhooed before the season but now needs to get a result in this match to continue a Liguilla push. It's currently on the outside looking in sitting 10th.
Puebla - Leon
It has been three weeks since either of these teams won in league and the crunch is on for both. Leon is still in the Liguilla race (as is pretty much every club with five weeks remaining) but the reigining champions would love to pick up some points sooner rather than later so it doesn't miss the postseason after winning the previous tournament. Meanwhile, the home club needs points of any kind to keep its head above water with relegation possible.
Chivas - America
The Clascio Nacional closes the weekend, and unlike in previous seasons the value isn't only sentimental. Mexico's two largest and most historically successful clubs are both sitting in Liguilla spots but just barely. There are other subplots surround this match, like players taking shots at each other in the press and banning some fan groups after violence broke out at the Estadio Jalisco during Chivas' 1-1 draw last week, but the result will be for more than just bragging rights; it will have postseason implications.