Thursday, February 24, 2011
Isaac Acuna hopes to keep rolling for Gallos Blancos against Cruz Azul while Jonathan Bornstein should be in the starting lineup for Tigres who host Edgar Castillo's Puebla in week eight in the Mexican Clausura.
Tigres – Puebla
Jonathan Bornstein stands to make a start for Tigres who welcome in Edgar Castillo and Puebla to Estadio Universitario on Saturday.
Bornstein did not feature in last weekend's scoreless draw versus Monterrey but is expected to lineup against Puebla.
Oddly enough, both Bornstein and Castillo are renowned for being left backs when playing internationally for the US, however on Saturday both players will be taking the field in their teams' respective midfields.
Tigres have emerged relatively unscathed from their three match gauntlet that pitted the Felinos against title contenders Cruz Azul, Santos and Monterrey.
Out of nine points, Tigres obtained seven points with wins against Santos and Cruz Azul prior to last week's draw in the Clasico Regiomontano.
Now a home date versus Puebla should favor Bornstein and company to add another three points to their current total of 14. But oddsmakers should first consider that Puebla have not lost in Estadio Universitario since 2004, a stretch of six matches.
Unfortunately for Puebla, they are the second-worst road team in the Clausura thus far so Castillo and the rest of his teammates will aim to reverse that trend.
Cirilo Saucedo is still out injured for Tigres while Puebla's Gabriel Pereyra will miss out also due to injury.
Gallos Blancos – Cruz Azul
Newfound scoring threat Isaac Acuna will take the starting 11 for Gallos Blancos when they host Cruz Azul at Estadio Corregidora on Saturday in Queretaro.
Acuna will be slotted into an attacking midfielder position after his superb performance last week versus Santos.
The on-loan player from America scored his first ever Mexican Primera League goal plus added in an assist in Gallos Blancos' 0-2 upset win in Torreon over Apertura finalists Santos.
Now they face another tall task in always-dangerous Cruz Azul.
The Mexico City club are loaded on the offensive side of the ball with Chaco Gimenez and Emanual Villa, but after the shocking win against Santos, Acuna and company have every right to think another win over one of the giants of Mexican soccer is possible.
Gallos Blancos will field a full squad while Cruz Azul will be missing Horacio Cervantes due to suspension and Hugo Droguett, Hector Gutierrez and Waldo Ponce through injury.
Pachuca – San Luis
The American pairing of Herculez Gomez and Jose Francisco Torres return to action for Pachuca on Saturday at Estadio Hidalgo when they host San Luis.
Both Gomez and Torres started in Pachuca's 4-1 loss last week at Chivas and should expect to be in the starting 11 again this weekend.
The only bright spot from the Chivas loss was Gomez's assist on the lone Pachuca goal.
The Tuzos have been inconsistent all season long failing to string together a series of positive results.
To boot, they have only mustered five goals total on the campaign.
Meanwhile, the Potosinos are enjoying a fine 2011 Clausura as they sit fifth in the overall standings.
San Luis are also involved in the current edition of the Copa Libertadores where they dropped a Tuesday match in Lima versus Peruvians San Martin.
Gomez and Torres hope that added distraction from the Libertadores will hamper San Luis' ability to press forward on the attack through striker Wilmer Aguirre who has five goals on the season.
San Luis have a full squad available while Faustino Arizala is out for Pachuca.
Sammy Ochoa will each hope for time off the bench in the second half for Estudiantes who visit undefeated Pumas.