Friday, February 11, 2011
A tough test awaits Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres who host always-dangerous Cruz Azul while Herculez Gomez and Jose Francisco's Pachuca face Edgar Castillo and Puebla in week six of the Mexican Clausura.
Tigres – Cruz Azul
Saturday's match at Estadio Universitario figures to be one of the best this weekend in Mexico with Jonathan Bornstein's Tigres taking on Cruz Azul.
Bornstein is likely to start for Tigres where he has principally played as a holding midfielder for Los Felinos.
The US international had his finest match thus far for his new club in last week's 0-2 win at Santos. Bornstein assisted on the game-winning goal which came in just the eighth minute of play.
Tigres currently sit in first place in Group One with 10 points, a three point advantage over Santos.
Cruz Azul also enter the encounter with 10 points on the season and boast one of the best attacks in all of Mexico led by Argentine Chaco Gimenez.
Saturday's visitors already own impressive 4-1 and 4-0 victories this season over Estudiantes and Pachuca respectively on the season so the onus will be on Bornstein and the Tigres defense to lock down the Cruz Azul offense.
Cirilo Saucedo is out injured for Tigres while Cruz Azul will be missing Hugo Droguett also due to injury.
Puebla – Pachuca
Two disappointing teams meet up on Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo as Herculez Gomez and Jose Francisco Torres' Pachuca plays host to Edgar Castillo and Puebla.
Torres started his first match of the season last week for the Tuzos but it still ended in another defeat for the club which sits in last place in Group Two.
The US international is expected to receive a starting nod though in the Pachuca midfield while Gomez will likely start this one on the bench but will be one of the first attacking options for head coach Pablo Marini.
Meanwhile Castillo should be slotted into the Puebla starting 11 at his typical left back position.
Puebla are off to a very poor start in this year's Clausura as they have just one win on the season through the first five games.
A win on the road against the Tuzos would save head coach Jose Luis Trejo's job as the club issued an ultimatum to the Puebla boss earlier this week.
The urgency felt by both coaches should at least result in two teams desperately searching for goals early and often.
Gabriel Pereyra and Felix Borja look to be out for Puebla while Pachuca will be missing Leobardo Lopez due to suspension.
Issac Acuna will hope to see time off the bench when Gallos Blancos host undefeated Toluca.
With Estudiantes facing a slew of suspensions and injuries, Daniel Antunez may see time off the bench against Morelia while Sammy Ochoa will still struggle to make the gameday roster.