WOODY BAUM - Friday, February 19, 2010
Paco Torres looks for revenge against Jaguares while Herculez Gomez will try to make it two in a row when Puebla takes on Chivas.
Pachuca, coming off their disappointing loss to Chivas on Wednesday, will have a great chance to rebound when they visit Jaguares in Chiapas on Saturday.
Jaguares have still not won at home this season and will have a difficult task of changing that against one of the league's most potent offenses.
Francisco Torres should get the start after a solid performance against Chivas. Despite the loss, Torres was successful at linking the defense and the offense and threading dangerous passes as he frequently found his wingers open on the sides.
Pachuca will have something to prove and it looks, at least on paper, to be a relatively easy game for the visiting side.
Both sides should be available for the encounter.
Puebla are coming off their last minute win against San Luis on Wednesday and will have the unenviable task of taking on tournament leaders, Chivas in the Estadio Jalisco on Saturday.
Puebla's season has been marked by inconsistency, as they have been unable to string together more than one win in a row. Chivas, on the other hand, have won all six of their games in one of the most impressive starts in Mexican league history.
Herculez Gomez, who scored the winning goal on Wednesday, will look to contribute again, as his size has given defenses trouble all season long.
Puebla will have the benefit of not having to defend against tournament scoring leader, Javier Hernandez, who is out injured. Chivas will also be without Mario de Luna, Sergio Ávila, and Edgar Mejía who are out injured. Puebla should have their entire squad available.
After their seven goal thrashing at the hands of Atlas on Wednesday, Indios will be playing for pride when they host Cruz Azul in Ciudad Juarez on Sunday.
Indios' loss on Wednesday essentially means that they have little chance of remaining in the first division, although there is no reason to believe that they will not play with the heart and determination that they have demonstrated all season.
They take on a Cruz Azul squad that just beat Morelia on Wednesday night in the Estadio Azul. Indios, who have had defensive issues all tournament long will have a difficult time trying to shut down Argentine strike Emanuel Villa.
American Marco Vidal should get the start again, after starting all season long.
Indios will be without Emil Martinez (suspended), while Cruz Azul will be without Joel Huigui (injured).
Sporting just one win on the current campaign, Estudiantes will have a tough time making it two, when they visit Santos Laguna on Sunday.
Estudiantes are coming off a tough home loss against Monterrey and will face a Santos squad that just defeated Tigres in Monterrey.
Ex-U20 player, Sammy Ochoa, played 20 minutes in that loss and will hope for more minutes in which his offensive contributions will surely be in need.
It could be a long night for the visiting Estudiantes side as Santos's strikers Daniel Ludueña and Darwin Quintero have been giving defenses fits all season long.
Both squads should be available for the encounter.
An America squad that was just destroyed by Toluca on Wednesday will host a Tigres team coming off two consecutive defeats this Sunday night.
America, who have had an inconsistent season since the shooting of Paraguayan striker Salvador Cabañas, have been unable to win away, but have been dangerous at home.
Tigres who started off their season with a win over Estudiantes have since been unable to win.
American Edgar Castillo may have lost his starting spot after being a defensive liability and getting beaten all night on Wednesday night against Santos.
While he still continues to provide that offensive for which he is known, he will need to shore up his defensive holes if he wishes to maintain his spot, as well as help turn around Tigres' season.
David Toledo will be out (suspended) for Tigres. America's entire squad should be available.