6 Bold Predictions for Liga MX Week 4
The Liga MX continues this week with Matchday 4 of the 2014 Apertura tournament. So far, there has been a huge contrast between clubs' performances, and it seems like it won't change any time soon.
Some of the teams that have been struggling the most are Leones Negros, Morelia, Tijuana, Cruz Azul and Veracruz. None of them have won, and they have even wasted their chances while playing on home soil.
Of course, there are others that have proved to be on the right track, like America—the only side that has won all its games—and Atlas—whose brilliant performance has put them one place behind Las Aguilas.
Let's take a look at some bold predictions for this week.
Cruz Azul Won't Win on Home Soil
Cruz Azul have been in a slump ever since the first matchday, when they lost to Pachuca at the Estadio Azul.
This week they are set to face Puebla on home soil. La Maquina haven't lost to La Franja while playing in Mexico City since the 2001 Verano tournament.
Despite what history tells us, Cruz Azul haven't looked spectacular, nor shown any improvement from one game to another.
Puebla come from a painful loss to America at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc. The 4-0 defeat shook them up and will be tricky to bounce back from.
Cruz Azul have been showing despair constantly, and that's what will hurt them the most against La Franja.
Veracruz Will Defeat Monterrey
Monterrey have been powerful so far. They have seven points and sit third in the general table.
However, Veracruz are in need of securing their first victory of the 2014 Apertura as soon as possible because they are penultimate in the relegation table, just one spot ahead of recently promoted Leones Negros.
It is true that the match against the Rayados won't be easy, but the Tiburones Rojos need to take advantage of playing on home soil.
The key to this match is in the defense. If they can hold back Dorlan Pabon and Humberto Suazo they will have a shot at finally winning.
Universidad De Guadalajara Will Secure Their First Victory vs. Toluca
Toluca kicked off the 2014 Apertura with a lot of issues. The departure of Antonio Naelson and the arrival of Lucas Lobos as his replacement put the manager's strategy in distress.
After one draw and one defeat, the Diablos Rojos finally won, at the Estadio Nemesio Diez.
But this week they'll travel to Guadalajara, where they will face Leones Negros.
The home team hasn't had a successful season so far. Universidad de Guadalajara are struggling to find their playing style and come up with a set of tactics that can unbalance their rivals.
Since they sit at the bottom of the relegation table, a win is imminent, and it would be so much better if they got it against one of the most successful clubs in Mexican football.
If Leones Negros keep the ball in the midfield and neutralize Lobos and Pablo Velazquez, they could finally post their first three points on the general table.
Queretaro Will Stun Santos Laguna
Santos Laguna have the best defense of the 2014 Apertura. So far, they have only allowed one goal, against Cruz Azul.
The back line has been working fantasticly, with no major mistakes, But the attacking zone is a different thing. It hasn't been as strong, and they have only scored twice.
In the meantime, Queretaro have won their last two games, against Leones Negros and Pachuca, and they are on the right track to leave behind the Guerreros.
The timing couldn't be better for Gallos Blancos if they want to break the four-year winless streak at Torreon. The last time they accomplished the feat was at the 2010 Bicentenario tournament.
UANL Will Stop America
The game that will draw the most attention during the weekend will be UANL vs. America.
Las Aguilas have won all three matches from the current season, the only club that has accomplished the feat. This puts them atop the general table with nine points and a goal difference of plus-six.
They will visit Tigres at the Estadio Universitario, where in the past 10 years (2004 Clausura-2014-Clausura) they have only lost four games of the 13 they have held.
UANL come from a shameful loss at the Copa MX. Altamira, an Ascenso MX team, defeated them 3-1 last Thursday.
This result pushes them to find redemption on home soil. The task will not be easy, but it is certainly achievable, especially with the help of Dario Burbano, Juninho and Egidio Arevalo.
Leon Won't Continue Their Winning Streak
Leon's first two games were embarrassing. They lost 2-1 to America and 4-2 to UANL.
They managed to tip the scale in their favor in Matchday 3, as they trashed Morelia 4-0.
Their performance was a reminder of what they are capable of doing when they go back to basics and rely on key players like Carlos Pena.
This week they will face Chiapas at Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna. The Panzas Verdes have played three games there and have won them all. However, this matchday will be different.
This is the perfect opportunity for Jaguares to finally defeat Leon on home soil.
All stats are courtesy of ESPN FC, unless otherwise noted.