|Friday, April 25|
|8:30||Queretaro||-||Pachuca||ESPN Deportes |
|10:30||Tijuana||-||Leon||ESPN Deportes |
|Saturday, April 26|
|Sunday, April 27|
|1:00||Puebla||-||Morelia||ESPN Deportes |
All times p.m. ET
Note: It's the final matchday of the season with the top eight teams qualifying for the Liguilla, or playoffs. The first tiebreaker is goal difference, the second is total goals score, the third is matches between the involved teams, then away goals. There are more, but hopefully we won't need to get into those.
Queretaro - Pachuca
A win should secure either of these teams postseason play, though it's possible Atlas or Chivas could score a heap of goals to jump any potential victor. The Tuzos haven't won in their last four matches, while the hosts haven't lost in five straight. Golden boot favorite Enner Valencia puts some bite in the Pachuca attack, but it's the defense which may determine who heads for the Liguilla.
Tijuana - Leon
Leon will need a lot of help to keep its dreams of defending its title alive, and Tijuana is a quality team at home, maintaining the league's second-best record as hosts. They will, however, be without Cristian Pellerano, though forward Dario Benedetto has been in fine form lately and finally matched the defensive midfielder's total as the team's leading scorer. A result would shore up Tijuana's Liguilla position, and they're favorites to extend Leon's misery streak after the club was bounced from Copa Libertadores during the week.
Cruz Azul - Pumas
While most teams are scrapping for the playoffs, these two clubs can rest secure in the knowledge that they'll stay alive for the postseason no matter Saturday's result. La Maquina is fresh off a CONCACAF Champions League final victory but could still clinch the top spot in the playoffs, while Pumas will also look to improve its seeding, with the potential it tumbles all the way to the sixth spot from their current third.
Veracruz - Santos
Santos will look to solidify its Liguilla place when it visits Veracruz. Los Guerreros need to rebound after losing a Copa Libertadores tie against Lanus but will be pleased to visit the team at the foot of the table - and also make the same trip it last made the season when it won the championship.
Tigres - Atlas
The hosts have been reduced to playing spoiler after a late charge for the playoffs fell short, but Atlas still has everything to play for. A win and dropped points Morelia, Pachuca and Queretaro would see Tomas Boy's side launch into the postseason, but Tigres has made it clear in their interviews this week that they're going to defend home turf and play for a victory.
Chiapas - Atlante
Atlante is already relegated and has lost four straight. That's good news for Chiapas, which holds the most outside of chances to get in. Jaguares will need to tally a victory and root heartily for a draw between Monterrey and Chivas and also a deadlock for Queretaro and Pachuca, plus losses from Morelia and anything but a win from Atlas. So if all that comes to pass, they're in!
Puebla - Morelia
Monarcas has been a disappointing team from the gun this season, starting with some uninspiring losses and an early exit from Copa Libertadores. It looked like they'd turn it around, but instead the team has been inconsistent all year and now might miss the playoffs. Luckily for them, they're playing one of the league's worst teams, but Puebla's surprise win against Pachuca last week will have Morelia on guard.
Toluca - America
Club America isn't quite in the clear yet but should be able to qualify. A draw will guarantee it postseason play as will a couple of other results going the right direction. Toluca could nab the top seed in the Liguilla if it can secure three points and Cruz Azul doesn't beat Pumas. The Red Devils are looking to bounce back from defeat in league and a bitter loss in the CONCACAF Champions League final.
Chivas - Monterrey
Chivas is currently in the final Liguilla position and would love to stay there, or perhaps even move up to a higher seed. Meanwhile, Monterrey is making a late charge after a dismal start. Los Rayados are undefeated in their last five, but only avoiding defeat won't be enough to make the unlikely playoff push complete. They'll need three points and some help from other teams. Fit-again striker Humberto Suazo will be one which Chivas hopes to lock down after successful outings since returning from injury.