Two teams used to being in the playoff places but currently out of them meet with Tigres hosting Pachuca.
It's way too early for either team to panic, and they're just a point out of the top eight, but neither team is off to the start they hoped for.
Pachuca logged its first win of the season last weekend against Lobos BUAP while Tuca Ferretti's Tigres were stymied by Queretaro in a scoreless draw.
|Game||Tigres vs Pachuca|
|Date||Saturday, January 27|
|Time||8 p.m. ET|
|Stream (US only)||fuboTV (7-day free trial)|
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SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Guzman, Fernandez, Ortega|
|Defenders||Kolodziejczak, Ayala, Juninho, Meza, Torres Nilo, Acosta, Jimenez, Estrada, Rodriguez|
|Midfielders||Carioca, Duenas, J. Torres, Vasquez, R. Torres, Zelarayan, Aquino, Alvarez, Sosa, Damm|
|Forwards||Valencia, Gignac, Vargas|
Andre-Pierre Gignac was a substitute in Tigres' scoreless draw with Queretaro because of a left knee issue but should be able to return to the starting lineup. Jurgen Damm is eligible after returning from facial burns at the start of the year and being involved in a strange incident this week that saw him detained by state police in a fried chicken restaurant. He was released shortly after.
Potential starting XI: Guzman; Rodriguez, Ayala, Juninho, Torres Nilo; Duenas, Carioca, Aquino; Valencia, Vargas, Gignac
|Goalkeepers||Blanco, Perez, Romero|
|Defenders||Esquivel, Gonzalez, Lopez, Garcia, Martinez, Murillo, Pena, Herrera, Villegas, Wbias|
|Midfielders||Honda, Guzman, Sagal, Gimenez, Aguirre, Gutierrez, Hernandez, Figueroa, Lopez, Gomez|
|Forwards||Calero, Jara, Ayala, Reyes, Palacios|
Omar Gonzalez is unlikely to return from injury, but Pachuca will get a boost with midfielder Erick Gutierrez eligible to be in the squad for just the second time this season after suffering an injury against Pumas.
Potential starting XI: Blanco; Martinez, Herrera, Murillo, Garcia; Hernandez, Aguirre; Sagal, Guzman, Honda; Jara
The reigning champions may still be shaking off some of the celebration champagne.
Tigres won a thrilling final over rival Monterrey in December but hasn't started off 2018 with championship form. Tuca Ferretti's men lost to lowly Puebla and last weekend were able only to muster a point against Queretaro.
Pachuca also seems tired from its January odyssey. After a trip to the Club World Cup in the UAE, Tuzos fell to Pumas to start the year before earning a draw with America at the Estadio Azteca and last week topping Lobos BUAP.
Even if the start to the year hasn't been what Tigres wanted, Tuzos are well aware they'll be facing much stiffer competition this weekend than last.
The attack hasn't yet shifted into gear for Tigres, though Andre-Pierre Gignac's likely return to the starting lineup after a knee injury could change that. The back line, however, looks to be returning to its typically strong form.
That makes the battle between a Pachuca attack that has scored more goals than any other team this season and the Tigres' defensive unit a particularly intriguing one.
Victor Guzman, who earlier this week received his first call-up to the senior Mexico national team, and Erick Aguirre haven't yet replaced the gap left by Hirving Lozano's summer transfer to PSV but the team is looking much closer to previous Pachuca clubs now than just after "El Chucky" made the move.
The battle on the wings will be fascinating with both clubs putting a priority on using as much space as possible in the outside lanes, though Rafael Carioca will be tasked with watching Guzman in the middle.
Tigres may have the trump card. They haven't lost a league match in El Volcan since April of last year.