ANDY SCHREUR - Friday, October 25, 2013
Tigres visit Club Tijuana while Puebla visits Mexico City to take on league leading Club América.
Club Tijuana - Tigres
Jose Torres will likely be back in the lineup as Tigres travel to northwest Mexico to take on Club Tijuana.
Tigres easily saw off Atlante 3-1 last week as Torres was suspended following a red card in the previous UANL match.
Both teams come into Friday night's match with 17 points but the Xolos have been dominant at home going 4-0-3 this season. Tigres hold the edge over Tijuana at this point because they've played one less match.
Last week, four American's saw gametime for the Xolos in a disappointing 0-0 draw with Toluca. Paul Arriola and Edgar Castillo started while Gregory Garza and Herculez Gómez were substitutes. Joe Corona made the 18 but didn't see game action last week.
Tijuana comes into the match with everyone healthy for just about the first time all season after getting Gómez and Dario Benedetto back after injuries earlier this season.
Tigres will be without Jorge Torres Nilo, who did not make the trip to Tijuana with a thigh injury.
Club América - Puebla
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Puebla will look to continue their winning ways after being Atlas 2-0 last week at home. League leading América come into the match following a pair of disappointing results; a 1-1 draw with Cruz Azul and a surprising 1-0 home loss to Alajuelense in Champions League play, which eliminated them.
However, América has a six point lead over Santos Laguna and have not lost a Liga MX match since September 13 to Santos.
They are lead by several dangerous attackers including Raul Jiménez, who leads the team with seven goals. Additionally, Columbian Luis Rey has four goals while Narciso Mina has three. Their prolific offense has lead to a +18 goal differential.
Puebla's managerial change has been a good move as the team has quietly been rising in the Liga MX standings. After last week's win, Puebla moved into ninth place with 18 points and trails Chiapas by only three points for the last of the coveted top eight spots.
Michael Orozco started and went 90 minutes while Beasley did not make the 18 last week. Both clubs are healthy heading into this weekend's match.
Benji Joya, Daniel Cuevas and Santos Laguna face Atlante on Saturday.
Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey take on Chiapas at home also on Saturday.
Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa host Delfines.