Friday, February 18, 2011
Jonathan Bornstein will get his first taste of the Clasico Regiomontano when Tigres visit Monterrey while Pachuca's American duo of Jose Francisco Torres and Herculez Gomez look for two straight wins at Chivas.
Monterrey – Tigres
Jonathan Bornstein and Tigres aim to continue their hot start to the Mexican Clausura when they visit rivals Monterrey on Saturday at Estadio Tecnologico.
As of late, Bornstein has figured in the Tigres starting lineup where he has performed mainly in the role of a holding midfielder.
The former Chivas USA man has yet to play a full 90 minutes on the season and it is likely that trend will continue against the Rayados.
Tigres are out to a very solid start on the campaign sitting atop Group One with 13 points.
Adding to the intrigue of this clasico is the fact that Monterrey are in the same group with the Felinos, currently four points off the pace.
After a rough start, the reigning Apertura champions have reeled off two wins and their star striker Humberto ‘El Chupete' Suazo has caught fire.
The exploits of the Chilean will pose as a formidable challenge to Bornstein and the rest of the Tigres defense for the entire 90 minutes.
The match presents an excellent opportunity for Tigres to show they are indeed a candidate to win the Clausura title, something their fans have been longing for after watching Monterrey take home two championships in the past two years.
Sergio Santana is injured and unavailable for Monterrey while Cirilo Saucedo will miss for Tigres.
Chivas – Pachuca
A visit to Guadalajara is on the docket for Herculez Gomez and Jose Francisco Torres as Pachuca square off against Chivas on Saturday at Estadio Omnilife.
Both Gomez and Torres started in last week's victory over Puebla so it would stand to reason that the US internationals will receive another nod this weekend.
Prior to the win over Puebla, the Tuzos had been struggling mightily having gone five weeks without a victory.
While in most years a visit to Guadalajara would be a daunting task, this year's edition of Chivas is not nearly as imposing as previous editions with players such as Javier ‘Chicharito' Hernandez now long-gone from the club.
Instead, Chivas has struggled to score all season long and come into the match with just six points and a single win.
Pachuca have been offensively-challenged themselves with just four goals on the season mirroring the frustration felt by Gomez.
Since his impressive goal scoring run at Puebla during last year's Clausura, the American forward has found the back of the net just once while wearing a Pachuca jersey.
Faustino Arizala suffered an injury last week versus Puebla and may miss for the guests while Jorge Enriquez and Alberto Medina are out for Chivas.
Sammy Ochoa and Daniel Antunez will hope to see some time off the bench for Estudiantes against Atlante.
Edgar Castillo could be a key second half defensive substitution for Puebla who welcome in Jaguares.
Isaac Acuna will hope to see time off the bench for Gallos Blancos who travel to Torreon to take on Santos.