Liga MX Weekend Preview: Champions Pachuca host Cruz Azul, “Clásico Tapatío” kicks off tonight

The Liga MX stretch run is getting intense, and the reigning champions Pachuca will host an important match against Cruz Azul on Saturday afternoon. Pachuca is currently fifth in the table and will be looking to end their streak of alternating results against Cruz Azul, who are eighth and looking for a playoff spot. In another crucial match, León will take on América with both clubs vying for a first-round playoff bye. Atlas will host the Chivas in the 287th “Clásico Tapatío” tonight. Although Atlas holds the upper hand in recent seasons, the Chivas will look to break their unbeaten streak in the Jalisco derby.

“Clásico Tapatío” kicks off tonight
“Clásico Tapatío” kicks off tonight

Pachuca hopes to end alternating results against Cruz Azul

Pachuca has struggled to find consistency this season, and they have been unconvincing with several reliable stars playing below their standards. Pachuca earned 32 points last season and has 22 points with five games remaining. Although they are still in playoff contention, their recent form has been a concern. They will host eighth-place Cruz Azul, who have been looking for the right mix up front since mid-season coaching change. Despite their recent struggles, Cruz Azul has climbed back into playoff contention, and the match promises to be a tough encounter for both teams.

León and América set for a high-octane affair

León and América are second and third respectively in the Liga MX table, with both clubs vying for a first-round playoff bye. The visiting Esmeraldas are riding an eight-game unbeaten streak and their defense is among the best in Liga MX. The Aguilas boast the highest-scoring offense in Liga MX, but they have had to offset a leaky defense with their goals. This game promises to be high-octane, with both teams looking to secure a crucial win in their quest for a first-round bye.

Atlas and Chivas set to battle for Jalisco bragging rights

Atlas and Chivas will face off tonight in the 287th “Clásico Tapatío”. Atlas has held the upper hand in recent seasons, but the Chivas have been improving their performances. The Chivas will be playing without top playmaker Víctor Guzmán, who will miss the match due to a red card he received in the last game. Chivas enter the match in 7th place with 21 points and still have hopes of earning a first-round bye in the Liga MX playoffs. Atlas looked likely to miss out on the playoffs, but they have bounced back and will look to continue their unbeaten streak in the Jalisco derby.

By Ishan Crawford

Prior to the position, Ishan was senior vice president, strategy & development for Cumbernauld-media Company since April 2013. He joined the Company in 2004 and has served in several corporate developments, business development and strategic planning roles for three chief executives. During that time, he helped transform the Company from a traditional U.S. media conglomerate into a global digital subscription service, unified by the journalism and brand of Cumbernauld-media.

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