WOODY BAUM - Thursday, February 4, 2010
Edgar Castillo looks to return from injury for Tigres while Marco Vidal hopes to contribute in a must win for Indios this weekend in Mexican Bicentenario action.
Tigres - Pumas
In a match that will determine the leader of group three, Tigres will host Pumas this Saturday evening at the Estadio Universitario in Monterrey.
Tigres, who started off the season well with a 3-1 victory over Puebla have since dropped off with a loss to Chivas and a tie to Jaguares.
Pumas, on the other hand, are undefeated, but have only notched one victory. This season's start marks a notable difference between last season's when Pumas finished in last place in their group.
Despite the improvement, there is heavy pressure on head coach Ricardo Ferreti to deliver results.
It should be an exciting match as both squads have much to prove and much more to lose with a loss.
American Edgar Castillo will look to return to the starting squad after missing last week's encounter due to a hamstring injury.
Tigres will be missing Fernando Ortiz to injury and Jose Antonio Castro to suspension this Saturday. Pumas should have their full squad available.
Atlante – Puebla
This Saturday night in Cancún, Atlante will host Puebla in an important match for two teams coming off of disappointing defeats.
Atlante, who last week were humiliated in a 5-1 defeat to Pachuca, has now lost two in a row and only has one point in this tournament.
Puebla on the other hand has now lost two of three, the only victory being over Estudiantes in week two and will need a victory to turn things around this season.
American Herculez Gomez has seen regular time as a second half substitute in his first season with Puebla. He has had an impact in the games he has played, although he has yet to score and will be looking to change that and should expect time this Saturday.
The match should be tense as both squads have a lot on the table. Both coaches are under great pressure to take points in this game, and their job security declines each week with a loss.
Both squads will be available for this match that could either mark a new beginning or the slow end to the season.
Indios host Morelia at the Estadio Olimpico this Sunday afternoon in Ciudad Juarez.
This is a crucial match for Indios who haven't won in over 20 games. They have only managed one point this tournament in week two verses Santos Laguna, and a mid-season turnaround will have to begin soon if they want to maintain any chances of reaching the Liguilla.
Morelia is coming off their second straight victory, after defeating San Luis 0-2 last week, and will look to maintain the momentum as they hope to reach the Liguilla for the second straight year.
Marco Vidal is expected to make his third straight start this weekend. Vidal has been somewhat of a surprise this season.
He had a falling out late last season where he saw few minutes and was not included in the Indios squad in week one this tournament. Since then he has played solidly and contributed on both sides of the field.
Indios will look to use the Ciudad Juarez heat to their advantage this weekend and hope that the home crowd will give them the necessary boost to end their winless streak.
Morelia will most likely be content to sit back and conserve energy, as they are always very dangerous on the counterattack.
Aldo Leao of Morelia is suspended for the encounter. Indios should have their entire squad available.
Michael Orozco has officially been lent to the Philadelphia Union by San Luis for the season.
Paco Torres will be out injured with a minor hamstring tear for Pachuca's encounter with San Luis.