Liga MX Weekend Preview: Monterrey eye playoff spot, Club America and Tigres battle for first place; and more

Liga MX Weekend Preview: Monterrey eye playoff spot, Club America and Tigres battle for first place; and more

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Liga MX Weekend Preview: Monterrey eye playoff spot, Club America and Tigres battle for first place; and more

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As the 2013 Clausura comes to its final week before the Liguilla, Monterrey look to build from their recent CONCACAF Champions League three-peat and clinch the last playoff spot in the Mexican table.

Los Rayados earned their first road victory of the season last Saturday, beating Tigres 1-0 in the Clasico Regionmontano, which kept their playoffs hopes alive. Monterrey only need a draw against Cruz Azul to ensure a place in the playoffs, as eighth-place Queretaro are already condemned to relegation, disqualifying them from the Mexican postseason.

Club Tijuana’s magical domestic run has fallen back to earth, as their form since March has ended any chance of them qualifying for the playoffs. Xolos, while still alive in the Copa Libertadores, have lost six of their last eight matches, and sit in 11th place in the Liga MX table.

Here’s a closer look at some of this weekend’s Liga MX matches:


The race for top of the table comes down to the final match day, when first place Club America host second-place UANL at the Azteca Stadium on Saturday. Though both teams are tied in points, America hold a three-goal differential over UANL, which puts Los Aguilas at the top of the table.

Playing at Pachuca last Saturday, America used a seven minute second half hat-trick by Christian Benitez to help propel them over Los Tuzos, 4-2. In the last match between Tigres and America, the two drew, 1-1, in Nueva Leon.

UANL enter the postseason in fine form, going unbeaten in their last 13 games, though they are 2-2-1 in their last five. America are currently unbeaten in eight matches, with  top scorer Benitez scoring 12 goals in 14 appearances.


Fourth-place Santos Laguna hope to get over their shocking loss to Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League last Wednesday when they host fifth-place Monarcas Morelia on Saturday.

Both sides need a win to give themselves an advantage in the upcoming playoffs, likely giving viewers a wide open match. A Santos win coupled with either an Atlas, Tigres, or America loss can send Los Guerreros as high as second place in the standings. A win for Monarcas would send them into fourth place above Santos.

When the two teams met in the Apertura season, Monarcas defeated Santos, 2-0, with two goals from forward Miguel Sabah, who is now on Chivas de Guadalajara.

Here’s the full list of matches for Week 17, complete with TV schedule:

LIGA MX SCHEDULE (Clausura Week 17)


8:30 pm – Azteca America, ESPN Deportes – Chiapas vs. Pachuca

10:30 pm – Univision Deportes – Tijuana vs. Chivas Guadalajara


6pm – Univision – Club America vs. UANL Tigres

8pm – UniMas – Monterrey vs. Cruz Azul

8pm – Univision Deportes – Santos vs Morelia

10pm  – Univision Deportes – Atlas vs. Leon

10pm – Univision Deportes 2 – Queretaro vs. Puebla


1pm – Univision – Toluca vs. San Luis

7pm – Univision Deportes – Atlante vs. UNAM Pumas

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