|Friday, February 7|
|10:30||Tijuana||-||Monterrey||Azteca America |
|Saturday, February 8|
|Sunday, February 9|
|1:00||Puebla||-||Chivas||ESPN Deportes |
|6:00||Atlante||-||Cruz Azul||Univision Deportes|
|6:00||Queretaro||-||Veracruz||ESPN Deportes |
All times p.m., Eastern.
Tijuana - Monterrey
Xolos fans will hold out hope that the beatdown Tijuana suffered last week at the hands of Pumas can be explained away by the club's strange habit of being dreadful away from the Estadio Caliente but pretty good at it. Monterrey fans will hope the team can make a statement after failing to show any spark in last week's regional derby. Neutral fans will hope the match is more fun to watch than either of those contests.
America - Pachuca
Big-spending Pachuca was finding cohesion but slipped up last week against Atlas, losing 1-0. America got an early goal last week and held on to protect a lead, even after Rubens Sambueza was sent off for jawing at the official after getting a 31st minute caution. A team as deep as the capital club should be able to move on without difficulty, but Enner Valencia and los Tuzos will try to exploit any gaps.
Tigres - Santos
Though the Monterrey derby wasn't too exciting and neither team could score, Tigres might be glad to at least have a point from it. Still, the club sits at the foot of the table and needs a win. Santos got its first win of the campaign last week, beating Toluca 2-0 but lost forward Javier Orozco in the process. Oribe Peralta can still provide the goals, of course, and heap more misery on Tigres.
Leon - Pumas
This match pits two teams which had totally opposite fortunes in the Apertura with Leon winning the title and Pumas finishing dead last. While the Clausura is only five weeks old, the tables seem to have turned. Pumas is sitting fifth after two straight wins and Leon is in the bottom half. Rafa Marquez and the back line will have to stop league-leading scorer Martin Bravo if the hosts are going to start clicking this weekend.
Atlas - Morelia
A surprising road win against Pachuca last week has Atlas thinking safety, while Morelia bounced out of the Champions League during the week and now has only this tournament to focus on. Will they be able to take a step forward after a disappointing exit? The club's attack, thought to be one of the league's best before the tournament but scoreless in the last two league matches, will have to pick up to do so.
Puebla - Chivas
Puebla will be trying to extend a streak after getting its first win of the season last week, while Chivas will guard against starting a streak after they were handed their first loss. Puebla played a gritty match last week, its defense stnding tough while five different players were booked, and will probably employ some of the same tact this weekend.
Toluca - Chiapas
The Red Devils were torturing the league but suffered a setback last week against Santos. Meanwhile, Chiapas has quietly moved up the table with consecutive victories and has managed three halves without allowing a goal. After Toluca was kept off the scoresheet last week, it'll be eager to try and break through for an early breakthrough.
Queretaro - Veracruz
Queretaro dashed out to a sterling start but only has one point in the last three matches. Veracruz is struggling and offers a chance for the Gallos Blancos to get back in the win column, though the clubs poor record might betray its talent.
Atlante - Cruz Azul
Last week, Atlante faced Club America, a tough task for any team. This week, it faces table-topping Cruz Azul. It's safe to say the fixture makers weren't too kind on the relegation candidate. Cruz Azul comes in on fire, winning its last four, and fresh off a 2-0 defeat of Chivas. While Marco Fabian didn't star against his former team, the rest of the club picked up the slack. But how big of a blow will losing Gerardo Torrado to a metatarsal fracture be? Likely not big enough to set back la Maquina.