WOODY BAUM - Thursday, April 8, 2010
Francisco Torres and Pachuca look to continue their playoff push while Puebla's Herculez Gomez will attempt to achieve his goal of being the league's leading goal scorer.
Estudiantes – Tigres
Tigres will visit Estudiantes in Guadalajara this Friday.
Tigres will look for their second win in a row as they attempt to finish a disappointing season on a positive note. While technically not impossible, Estudiantes still have a chance to qualify for the Liguilla.
They are coming off a five goal loss to Toluca last week.
Edgar Castillo will be out injured, as he is recovering from a knee sprain. Sammy Ochoa will attempt to make the field, although he hasn't seen action in several months.
Tigres will also be without ex MLS player, Paulo Nagamura who is suspended due to yellow card accumulation.
Pachuca – Atlas
Pachuca will look to continue their strong form when they host Atlas this Saturday in the Estadio Hidalgo.
Pachuca is coming off two consecutive victories and sit in third place in their group. They are only one point behind Morelia who currently own the second liguilla berth in their group.
The Tuzos will be facing a hungry Atlas squad that, despite being in fourth place in their group, are only three points away from Toluca, who currently own the second group liguilla berth.
Both teams will be without important players as Paul Aguilar of Pachuca and Jorge Nilo of Atlas were both called up by Javier Aguirre to the Mexican national team.
Francisco Torres has been playing increasing well with Pachuca and has been a key figure in several of their recent bouts. He will look to start after missing out in Pachuca's semifinal victory over Toluca due to yellow card suspension.
Puebla – Indios
Puebla will host relegation destined Indios this Sunday in the Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Herculez Gomez, the league's second leading goal scorer, recently made it known on his birthday on Wednesday that one of his objectives this season was to be the league's leading scorer.
He will have a great opportunity against an Indios team that hasn't played much defense this season.
Gomez will also attempt to break the starting lineup, as he also recently mentioned that starting was more important than scoring goals.
Gomez will have the opportunity to play against fellow American Marco Vidal who has started and played the entire 90 minutes in almost every game this season.