6 Bold Predictions for Liga MX Week 2
The Liga MX continues this week with lots of interesting games and new possibilities for all the clubs.
No matter if teams are seeking to continue with their undefeated streak or if they have to win to avoid relegation, the second matchday of the 2014 Apertura will be full of emotions.
So far UNAM leads the tournament after securing a 3-1 away victory vs. Queretaro, but five other teams also have three points in the table, so it wouldn't be odd to see a new team atop the table after this week.
Let's take a look at some bold predictions.
Lucas Lobos Will Be the Star of the Week
Former UANL midfielder Lucas Lobos has proven to be one of the most lethal footballers in the local league.
Now Lobos has a lot at stake with Toluca. He is in charge of replacing Antonio Naelson, who played 30 tournaments with Diablos Rojos.
Lobos only played 66 minutes last week against Morelia, and it was clear that he is still adjusting to the change.
However, he will turn things around and make an impact on the pitch, as Toluca is set to play against Chiapas.
Both teams tied in the opening matchday.
Guadalajara Will Stun Pumas
UNAM, the leader of the tournament, is ready to receive Guadalajara at Estadio Olimpico. It's been 10 years since Chivas managed to defeat Pumas on home soil.
Guadalajara are in desperate need of a win, as they sit 15th in the relegation table, and last week they didn't impress at all in their debut vs. Chiapas.
Guadalajara signed several experienced footballers to overturn their latest results, and this week they can stun Pumas.
Fernando Arce, one of the reinforcements, put the ball away against Chiapas with a powerful long-distance shot.
Meanwhile, Carlos Salcido is starting to provide the defense with structure and leadership.
Universidad De Guadalajara Will Grab Their 1st Three Points
Leones Negros will play their second game in the first division on home soil. Last week they lost to Monterrey 3-1.
Universidad de Guadalajara have to step up their game quickly if they want to leave the relegation zone as soon as possible. That's especially true since clubs such as Chivas are also flirting with the promotion league, and they have a lot more experience.
Leones Negros may not have the most recognizable footballers, but they do have the support of their fans. And it is precisely in their games at the Estadio Jalisco where they need to take advantage and secure as many points as possible.
Morelia Will Lose on Home Soil
Morelia were very dangerous against Toluca last weekend, but they failed to convert some clear opportunities, plus Luis Fernando Silva was sent off in the second half.
Those inconsistencies in structure and concentration can put them against the ropes vs. Atlas, a club that, despite struggling in the past couple of seasons seem to be on the right track to making a good comeback.
Los Zorros also tied in their opening game, in front of Tigres, but they showed more ambition and commitment and never stopped fighting.
This will be the first match of Week 2.
Puebla Will Continue Their Unbeaten Streak
Puebla secured a very valuable win vs. Tijuana, which also marked the first time La Franja grabbed three points at Estadio Caliente.
Now they are ready to receive Veracruz at Estadio Corregidora. The Tiburones Rojos sit penultimate in the relegation table, while La Franja are one place above.
It will be a tough game for both sides, but Puebla will come out with the victory, as the last time they lost to Veracruz on home soil was in the 2003 Apertura.
Also, Cuauhtemoc Blanco could finally make his debut with Puebla, which will also be his first game in the Liga MX since 2008.
Santos Laguna Won't Be Able to Defeat Cruz Azul
Santos Laguna have faced Cruz Azul on home soil 27 times, and they have only lost nine—the last one at the 2013 Clausura.
In Matchday 1, Los Guerreros defeated Veracruz 1-0, but it wasn't a titanic task, as the Tiburones Rojos are going through a tough period, struggling with relegation.
In the meantime, La Maquina lost to Pachuca at the Estadio Azul and are now in Torreon in hopes to grab their second victory in four games vs. Santos.
Cruz Azul will play solid, especially in the back line, and will leave Estadio Corona with one point.
All stats appear courtesy of MedioTiempo.com, unless otherwise noted.