WOODY BAUM - Friday, April 2, 2010
Francisco Torres and Pachuca will continue in their playoff hunt while Herculez Gomez and Puebla will try to make it two in a row.
Indios – Pachuca
Francisco Torres will get the chance to take on fellow American Marco Vidal this Saturday in Ciudad Juarez. Indios' relegation is now official and they will face a motivated Pachuca squad that is back in the hunt for a liguilla spot.
Indios' relegation was made official last week when they lost last week to Atlante, while Pachuca was able to beat their group rivals, Morelia, in a must-win game at home.
Torres will most likely start, as he has cemented his starting spot due to his strong defensive play and abilty to distribute the ball effectively. Marco Vidal should also start, as he has all season long.
Morelia – Puebla
Puebla will visit Morelia this Saturday as they try to continue their momentum after defeating America at home last week. However, Morelia has played well at home all season long and will be determined as they need this win to maintain their position as second in their group, especially with Pachuca catching up in points.
Last week, it was Herculez Gomez' heroics who once again saved Puebla. He will be looking to score again to help his team and grab Bob Bradley´s attention with the World Cup fast approaching.
Morelia will need to attack quickly and take control of the game, as they have now played three games without a win. A win will maintain their place in the group, but it will not come easily.
Puebla recently demonstrated great heart against America, after their head coach Jose Luis Sanchez threatened to quit if Puebla didn't win. Look for Puebla to continue to play out of pride, even as their playoff chances are very slim.
Edgar Castillo is out injured with a knee sprain as Tigres takes on San Luis on Saturday.
Sammy Ochoa and Estudiantes take on Toluca on Sunday.