PREVIEW: WEEKEND MEXICAN ACTION
Jose Francisco Torres and Herculez Gomez return to action in the Mexican Clausura for Pachuca on Sunday in search of a badly needed three points when they visit Morelia.
Morelia – Pachuca
The American duo of Jose Francisco Torres and Herculez Gomez are on the hunt for as many points as possible before the close of the Mexican Clausura and they get their first shot on Sunday at Estadio Morelos on Sunday versus Morelia.
Despite a disappointing and frustrating season, Torres should be starting once again in the Tuzos' midfield while head coach Efrain Flores will likely tab Gomez as one of his first attacking options off the bench.
Without question, the current campaign has been an atypical one for Pachuca who sit near the bottom of Mexico's overall standings.
However in the week before the international break, Pachuca did pull off one of its best results of the season when they drew with undefeated Pumas in Mexico City.
That should give them a boost in confidence heading into this weekend's duel with Morelia who are on a big roll right now.
Following Pumas, Morelia boast the best record in Mexico and are unbeaten in their last eight matches. To boot, they have not lost to Pachuca at home in over four years.
Rafael Marquez is the man up front that will give the Pachuca defense some headaches so observers can expect Torres to maybe play more of a defensive midfielding role.
Miguel Sabah and Elias Hernandez are doubtful for Morelia while Pachuca will be missing starting goalkeeper Miguel Calero to injury.
Adrian Ruelas will hope to make the gameday roster for Santos who host Cruz Azul.
Edgar Castillo may see time off the bench as a second half defensive substitution for Puebla who head to Estadio Azteca to face America.
Jonathan Bornstein is unlikely to see the field on Saturday when Tigres welcome in Atlante.