6 Bold Predictions for Liga MX Week 3

Karla Villegas GamaFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2014

6 Bold Predictions for Liga MX Week 3

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    The Liga MX continues this weekend with some very interesting matches, including Toluca against Pumas and Monterrey vs. Santos Laguna.

    Matchday 3 will also be key for America, as they could take over the lead of the tournament if they win or tie against Puebla and Rayados lose.

    The top scorers table is also crowded, as six players share the top spot. Osvaldo Martinez (America), Mauro Boselli (Leon), Dario Burbano (UANL), Fernando Arce (Guadalajara), Yair Renteria (Santos Laguna) and Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey) have put the ball away six times.

    Leones Negros are hoping to finally secure their first win of the season, while two-time champions Leon expect to turn things around and finally grab a point.

    Let's take a look at six bold predictions for the upcoming week.

Leones Negros Will Stop Chivas

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    It's been a tough season for recently promoted Universidad de Guadalajara. The Leones Negros have lost twice and they sit at the bottom of the table.

    Meanwhile, Chivas defeated UNAM last weekend with a superb goal by Fernando Arce, who once again took advantage of his fine touch in set pieces.

    Although Guadalajara are starting to show improvement, they still have a long way to go before convincing their fans.

    Meanwhile, Leones Negros have nothing to lose. The fact that they made it to the first division is an accomplishment on its own and they know it.

    They can take advantage of Guadalajara's inconsistencies and defeat them at the Estadio Omnilife.

America Will Leave Puebla with No Points

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    Puebla will try to make the most of playing on home soil this weekend and break a winless drought against America.

    La Franja haven't defeated Las Aguilas since 2010, when they met at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc during the Bicentenario tournament.

    America have just defeated Atletico Madrid in the Copa EuroAmericana, plus they sit atop the Liga MX general table.

    However, some key players like Oribe Peralta have yet to make an impact with the club and the overwork could be an issue for Las Aguilas.

    This is why Puebla holds a chance to secure their second victory of the season and keep their unbeaten record.

Leon Will Finally Win

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    Leon hadn't had such a bad start to the first division since the 2002 Verano tournament, after which they were relegated to the promotion league.

    Los Panzas Verdes have lost their games against America and UANL despite being the defending champions.

    In Matchday 3 they will face Morelia on home soil, but it will be a tough game for both sides.

    Monarcas have a 0-1-1 record and sit 15th in the general table, two places better than Leon. Also, they haven't won at the Nou Camp in two years.

    The local side needs to go back to basics. A win against Morelia would be a fantastic confidence booster, especially for William Yarbrough, whose mistakes have harmed the team.

Santos Laguna Will End Their Winless Drought at the Estadio Tecnologico

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    Santos Laguna have proven to be on the right track despite the departure of Oribe Peralta. They have a 1-1-0 record so far.

    Yahir Renteria has become the front man in the attacking zone, with two goals in two appearances. However, he still needs to find a reliable partner, someone who can keep up with him and also score.

    Los Guerreros are hoping to end a winless drought at the Estadio Tecnologico this weekend. They haven't defeated Monterrey on home soil since the 2002 Verano tournament.

    If Santos stay focused and don't miss key opportunities, like it happened versus Cruz Azul, they have a shot at changing history.

Chiapas Will Trash Atlas at Guadalajara

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    Atlas have played well so far. They are an organized team that managed to stop UANL on Matchday 1 and defeat Morelia one week later.

    However, they have only scored two goals, this puts in perspective their lack of options in the attacking zone.

    In the meantime, Chiapas have three goals for, and their tally could be better if they hadn't wasted good goal opportunities in their opening game versus Guadalajara.

    If Jaguares play with more fluency they can hurt Atlas, especially through the center of the pitch. The key of Chiapas' attack is long passes and speed.

Veracruz Will Stun Cruz Azul

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    After a stellar performance at the 2014 Clausura, Cruz Azul have yet to win this season.

    La Maquina lost their first game against Pachuca; in the second they barely snatched a point from Santos Laguna.

    Now they have to face Veracruz, a team that also holds a 0-1-1 record and that needs to win soon if they want to avoid relegation.

    Cruz Azul's main problem is that Mariano Pavone, Christian Gimenez and Marco Fabian have not performed well, leaving a huge hole in the last third of the pitch.

    Los Tiburones Rojos need to be sharp in the attacking zone, because La Maquina will not concede much space.

    All stats appear courtesy of ESPN FC, unless otherwise noted.