By DAN KARELL
The most anticipated match on the Mexican league calendar has finally arrived.
On Saturday evening at Estadio Azteca, Club America take on Chivas Guadalajara in the Apertura edition of the Super Clasico, with both teams again at opposite ends of the table. Chivas continue to struggle this season, and could be relegated if they can’t turn around their fortunes in the next few months.
America, on the other hand, remain at the top of the table despite two defeats in their last three games. Manager Antonio Mohamed is feeling the heat from the fans and local media, and he’ll want to make a statement against Chivas to relieve some of the pressure.
With only three matches left in the Apertura, the race to qualify for the playoffs, or Liguilla, is heating up. Queretaro, Club Leon, Santos Laguna, Club Tijuana, and Pumas UNAM all sit three points or less behind the final playoff spot, and will need to put together a late-season run to continue playing into late November and December.
Elsewhere around the league, Queretaro take on fourth-place Tigres UANL and Leon face second-place Atlas in two of the bigger games to keep an eye on this weekend.
Here’s a look at this weekend’s Liga MX slate:
9:30 p.m. – ESPN Deportes/Azteca America – Morelia vs. Monterrey
11:30 p.m. – ESPN Deportes/Azteca America – Club Tijuana vs. Toluca
7 p.m. – Univision – Club America vs. Chivas Guadalajara
7 p.m. – ESPN Deportes/Azteca America – Puebla vs. Pachuca
9 p.m. – Univision Deportes – Tigres UANL vs. Queretaro
10 p.m. – Telemundo – Club Leon vs. Atlas
11 p.m. – Univision Deportes – Chiapas vs. Cruz Azul
11 p.m. – Universidad de Guadalajara vs. Santos Laguna
1 p.m. – Univision – Pumas UNAM vs. Veracruz
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