|Friday, March 21|
|9:30||Morelia||-||Santos||ESPN Deportes |
|11:30||Tijuana||-||Puebla||ESPN Deportes |
|Saturday, March 22|
|11:00||Atlas||-||Chivas||Univision Deportes |
|Sunday, March 23|
All times p.m. ET
Morelia - Santos
Both these clubs had big expectations upon them heading into the season and failed to meet those early. However, wins in the past two weeks have helped boost both squads into the playoff positions, with Santos sitting in fifth and Monarcas three spots back. A win this week would help shore up that position but would also continue to prove the slow starts were flukes after some impressive victories.
Tijuana - Puebla
Xolos face a quick turnaround after beating the LA Galaxy in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. They'll be boosted by the fact that the match is at Estadio Caliente, where they have the third-best home record in the league. Puebla is struggling, having lost consecutive matches and needing points to assure it will stay in the top division.
America - Veracruz
After winning the previous Clausura and making it to the final of the subsequent tournament, things have been going less than stellar for America in this tournament. At least, that's if the Mexican press is to be believed. Las Aguilas have dropped five matches but are still within striking distance of a top-three finish. A loss against Veracruz, though, might signal real problems. The woeful Tiburones Rojos did manage to sneak out a win against Leon two weeks ago but have only scored six goals in the tournament.
Pachuca - Chiapas
The Tuzos and Jaguares both have had flucuations in form and are coming off results they wish were better. Pachuca dropped a 3-1 result to Santos while Chiapas has drawn both its past two matches 2-2. Enner Valencia has been superb this season for Pachuca and is within striking range of the top scorer position, especially with current leader Martin Bravo out injured. Chiapas has its own Golden Boot contender with Carlos Ochoa sitting on five goals.
Leon - Cruz Azul
It's been the Marco Fabian show lately for Cruz Azul, with the attacker lifting the team to victory last weekend against a second-choice Tijuana side and helping La Maquina fit Sporting Kansas City with cement shoes in the second leg of a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal earlier this week. After a good run of form, Leon has lost its previous two results 1-0 and will hope to break the goal drought against a Cruz Azul team that has allowed just seven goals this tournament.
Atlas - Chivas
Both teams that will contest the Clasico Tapatio are improved this tournament, but not as much as they were hoping. Emotions will be running high, but the teams need a win for more than just pride. Chivas currently sit in the Liguilla positions, but only barely, while Atlas could still make a late push.
Pumas - Monterrey
Pumas has been the surprise package this campaign, but a big part of that has been the excellent form of forward Martin Bravo, who has scored nine goals. He'll miss this match because of injury. His absence might not be felt, though, with Monterrey losing its last three and having accumulated a minus-6 goal differential.
Atlante - Toluca
With each passing week, it seems more and more likely Atlante will not be in the first division when the next season begins while Toluca looks like a team that will challenge for the regional championship and perhaps make a good run for a domestic crown soon. Atlante lost its midweek cup match to Tigres 6-0 after a 5-0 loss to Pumas in the league. It would be a serious surprise if the home team can get a result, though perhaps Pablo Marini's men will be able to take advantage of the fact the Red Devils are coming off a CONCACAF Champions League triumph over San Jose that went to extra time and penalties.