ANDY SCHREUR - Friday, October 4, 2013
Club Tijuana host Querétaro, Tigres welcome Toluca and Puebla visit second-place León in weekend Liga MX action.
Club Tijuana - Querétaro
The Xolos are no doubt happy to be returning home to the Estadio Caliente after two straight road losses to Puebla and América.
Last week, Herculez Gómez made his first start against América alongside Edgar Castillo while Joe Corona and Paul Arriola were subbed in. Gregory Garza was an unused substitute. Bruno Piceno did not make the 18.
Querétaro are coming off a 2-2 draw with Tigres, which keeps them in eighth place in Liga MX. They are lead by a duo of South American attackers, Wilberto Cosme and Esteban Parades.
Colombian international Cosme has four goals already and the Chilean veteran Parades leads the team with five.
Xolos must use their home field advantage on Friday night if they are to return to their winning ways. They are unbeaten at home thus far this season at the Estadio Caliente with three wins, three draws and no losses.
Querétaro will miss Amaury Escoto, who was given a red card last week in the 55th minute. Club Tijuana finally checks in healthy as Gómez is back to full strength.
Tigres - Toluca
Jose Torres and Tigres face a tough test against third place Toluca on Saturday night.
Torres started but was subbed off after the first half, at which point UANL was trailing 1-0. They responded with goals in the 70th and 76th minutes to earn a tough point against 10-man Querétaro.
Toluca are the hottest team in Liga MX at the moment, having won two straight matches by a total score of 11-1.
They beat Atlante 7-1 at home last week and Querétaro 4-0 two weeks ago. They also pounded Caledonia AIA 5-1 in Champions League play in late-August.
Toluca's top scorer is Paraguyan Pablo César Velázquez, who leads the team with eight goals in his first season in Mexico. Next to him, Mexican youngster Raúl Nava is on a tear, having scored two goals in each of his last three matches.
Tigres will have to slow down Toluca's high flying offense if they hope to remain in the top 10 in the 2013 Apertura standings.
The Red Devils and Tigers both check in healthy ahead of Saturday's showdown at the Estadio Universitario de Nuevo León.
León - Puebla
Puebla got a much needed win last week against Tijuana and are looking to upset second place León on the road this weekend.
DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco both went the full 90 minutes in last week's shutout win over the Xolos. Orozco picked up a yellow card in the 66th minute for a hard foul of last week's match.
León are coming off a road loss to a tough Morelia team, who held them scoreless and broke a two match winning streak. They are tied with América for the best defense in Liga MX so far, only giving up eight goals in 11 matches played.
However, both León and Puebla have only scored 14 goals this season and this could be an opportunity for Beasley, Orozco and company to steal some points on the road.
Neither team have announced any injuries ahead of Saturday night's clash and the Nou Camp in León.
Daniel Cuevas, Benji Joya and Santos Laguna face Pumas on Sunday.
Alonso Hernández and Veracruz visit Pachuca on Saturday.
Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa host Ballenas Galeana on Friday.