Liga MX Weekend Preview: Santos host Monterrey, Pachuca visit Tigres; and more

Tigres (Getty)

By MIKE GRAMAJO

With the Liguilla almost dawning upon the Clausura tournament, Monterrey is in danger of missing out on the playoffs.

Monterrey beat Pachuca last week, but the problem for the Rayados has been winning on the road. Monterrey have yet to register a win on the road this season and that has cost them heavily, making remaining in the top eight a difficult challenge.

Meanwhile, fellow CONCACAF Champions League finalist Santos Laguna are aiming for a provisional top spot in the table if they’re able to hold down Monterrey tonight.

Santos are 5-1-1 at home this season and win will not only just secure them a spot in the Liguilla, but just might ruin Monterrey’s chances of seeing post-season spot.

Here is a look at what else is going on in Liga MX this weekend:

TIGRES LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK VS. PACHUCA

UANL Tigres suffered their first loss of the season last week, falling to UNAM Pumas, and they will look to bounce back against a Pachuca side looking to record the upset in order to potentially beat out Monterrey for a playoff spot.

Jose Torres and Tigres are currently just one point ahead of Atlas for the top spot, but a tough stretch of upcoming matches could leave the club vulnerable, especially if they drop points against Pachuca.

Here’s a list of matches going this weekend in Mexico:

TONIGHT

8:30 pm – Chiapas vs. Club Leon

10:30 pm – Santos vs. Monterrey

SATURDAY

6pm – Atlas vs. Guadalajara

8pm – Queretaro vs. San Luis

8pm – Tijuana vs. Morelia

8pm- UANL vs. Pachuca

9pm -America vs. UNAM

SUNDAY

1pm – Toluca vs. Cruz Azul

7pm— Atlante vs. Puebla

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12 Responses to Liga MX Weekend Preview: Santos host Monterrey, Pachuca visit Tigres; and more

  1. Reid says:

    Every weekend I search for a Tijuana match to be on TV and it never is. I’m not a Stoke or Aston Villa fan but i’ll pretty much watch atleast 45 min of every game to check up on the Americans. I keep hoping that ESPN2 will put on Xolos games on. I can’t help but think that I’m not alone in wanting to see Americans play in other countries while still not being a “fan” of the teams.

    • Ives Galarcep says:

      Xolos were on ESPN2 a week ago and got blown out by Cruz Azul.

      • Reid says:

        damn, the one weekend I was in soccer black out.

        • biff says:

          I saw the first 70 minutes of that game and you should be happy you missed it. Tijuana experienced total melt-down, including one of their players getting a yellow card and a few minutes later a yellow-red and going beserk. It was an ugly loss. Will be interesting to see whether they can bounce back this weekend and get a win for a possible play-off spot or whether the season is over for them and regroup for the next one.

          • CHR says:

            Their coach made it clear from the beginning of the season that their priority would be the Libertadores and not the local tournament. Their bench is not deep enough for both tournaments.
            So far they’re doing pretty good as they made it to the round of 16 in Libertadores.

            • Gerard says:

              They were using their A team in Liga MX and used their B team in the Libertadores last week (they were already qualified for the next round)

    • Gerard says:

      just watch streams in sites like firstrow or rojadirecta

  2. Frank says:

    I know it’s been said before but JFT = Mexican Michael Cera

  3. 2tone says:

    American teenage Attacking Mid Jaoquin Alonso Hernandez made his first team debut for Monterrey last night.

    He took a blistering shot at goal 20 yards out forcing the GK into a great save. Looks to have a lot of talent. Has been banging in goals for Monterrey’s U-20 team.

    Stated that he would love to play at the U-20 WC. Neither Mexico nor the US have ever called him in to their youth teams. First come first serve kind of thing. Hopefully Ramos has been in contact with him, or will be in contact with him.