WOODY BAUM - Friday, March 12, 2010
Herculez Gomez looks to continue his scoring streak while Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca try to turn things around this Saturday.
Estudiantes - Indios
Marco Vidal and Indios will visit Sammy Ochoa and Estudiantes in Guadalajara this Friday night in a battle that may determine who gets relegated.
Both teams have been playing poorly as of late. Indios' famous winless streak continues to extend and they now sit in last place in their group with three points in nine games.
Estudiantes have played well at times this season, but points have been scarce, and at times they have appeared to be more interested in the refereeing that in the games.
Marco Vidal should look for his ninth consecutive start as he has played the entire 90 minutes in every game since week two.
For Ex-Under-20 star, Sammy Ochoa, minutes have been hard to come by as he hasn't played since entering as a second half sub in week six.
Jose Sanchez will be out for Estudiantes due to suspension, while Indios should have their entire squad available.
Tigres - Atlas
It will be an interesting encounter when Tigres host Atlas this Saturday at the Estadio Universitario.
Tigres are coming off a big win against Indios last week, despite being two men down, and now find themselves in an odd position, alongside rivals Atlas.
The two teams are both fighting off relegation while fighting for a final Liguilla spot. A win or loss for either team will have serious implications.
Tigres will have the additional challenge of winning at home on Saturday, a task they haven't accomplished all season.
They have four losses at home and will look to change that against an Atlas team that hasn't won since week six against Indios.
Edgar Castillo will look to start again this weekend, as he done almost all season. His offensive spark has lacked all season and has been missed as Tigres has struggled for goals.
Jesus Molina and Alan Pulido are suspended for Tigres along with the injured Antonio Sanchez while Miguel Zepeda and Gerardo Espinoza are in doubt for Atlas.
Pachuca - Santos
Pachuca have a difficult task ahead of them, as they try to pick up their season after what is hopefully the end of a midseason breakdown, when they host group leaders Santos Laguna of Torreon on Saturday at the Estadio Hidalgo.
Pachuca started their season off strong, but have since lost three out of four games and have followed last Sunday's loss up with an embarrassing performance against Comunicaciones in the Copa CONCACAF on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for Pachuca, Santos has been on a tear recently picking up 14 points in their last six games and have not lost since week three. If Pachuca is to reclaim their mantle as a Mexican powerhouse this will be the game to do it.
Francisco Torres will look to start again after having started the last four games.
He has played well this season, but as with the rest of his team, his form has dropped since defeating Puebla in week five.
He will look to recover the solid play that led him to score the winning goal that week, as he attempts to guide Pachuca back into liguilla contention.
Puebla - Monterrey
Puebla will have their hands full when they host league leaders Monterrey on Sunday at the Estadio Cuauhtémoc.
Puebla, whose season has been marked by inconsistency, poor defense and home difficulties are coming of a three game stretch in which they have come away with one point.
They sit in second to last place in their group and are have the unenviable task of trying to recover against the hottest offense in the tournament.
One of the few bright spots for Puebla this season has been the addition of American Hérculez Gómez who, despite beginning most of the season as a substitute, has now notched five goals, and is one of the league leaders in goals scored.
His contributions will be needed if Puebla is to have any chance of upsetting the reigning champions.
Marcel Palau is questionable for Puebla. Monterrey's Luis Perez is injured while Aldo de Nigril is doubtful for Sunday's encounter.