5 Key Battles for Liga MX Week 5
Matchday 5 is underway and with it, a lot of opportunities for the teams that have yet to win in the 2014 Apertura tournament.
Universidad de Guadalajara and Morelia have to prove a lot to their fans. They have been weak in every line, which puts them in the 17th and 18th place of the general table, respectively.
America continue to lead the tournament with a perfect 4-0-0 record, which could come to an end after Raul Jimenez's departure to Atletico Madrid.
Other clubs, like Leon, Monterrey, Toluca and Guadalajara, need to take advantage of playing on home soil.
Let's take a look at the key battles for this week.
Mauro Boselli (Leon) vs. Dario Veron (UNAM)
During the 2014 Clausura, Mauro Boselli has scored three goals in three matchdays, becoming Leon's top scorer so far.
He has proven to be in good shape, although his club has not been at its best. They have a 1-0-3 record so far and sit 14th in the general table.
Boselli will be a key factor in the game against UNAM. He needs to be creative and intelligent to make an impact on the pitch.
Dario Veron will be sure to make Boselli's task impossible. The Pumas defender had a good performance against Atlas.
His experience will be key in trying to secure UNAM's first win since Matchday 1. The club has struggled in every line; no wonder why they have lost their last three games.
Oribe Peralta (America) vs. Felipe Rodriguez (Morelia)
The departure of Raul Jimenez to Atletico Madrid will put a lot of hopes in Oribe Peralta.
El Hermoso has already proved his worth with America, as he has scored two times in four appearances. Little by little, he has become a thriving force for Las Aguilas.
His accuracy and dribbling skills inside the box will put in distress Morelia's back line.
Monarcas have Felipe Rodriguez on the goal. The 25-year-old keeper gave a fantastic display of talent in Matchday 4 against Tijuana.
Xolos pushed hard and attacked on a regular basis, but Rodriguez did well and rejected four goal opportunities.
Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey) vs. Francisco Rodriguez (Cruz Azul)
Monterrey come from a surprising loss to Veracruz, while Cruz Azul is in desperate need to secure a convincing win, especially after defeating Puebla with the help of an own goal.
Dorlan Pabon has been sharp during the 2014 Apertura, as he has bagged three goals so far. He has only started once and has been a sub in the other matchdays.
He needs to keep the momentum going because Rayados haven't defeated Cruz Azul at the Estadio Tecnologico since the 2010 Bicentenario.
La Maquina need to be focused and defend tightly. Veteran Francisco Rodriguez must perform at his best if he wants to keep up with Pabon's superb rhythm.
Pablo Velazquez (Toluca) vs. Oscar Perez (Pachuca)
On Matchday 3, Pablo Velazquez helped Toluca secure their first victory on home soil during the 2014 Apertura. He scored for the first time since last March.
Velazquez is fast, strong and can put the ball away with the feet and the head easily. Little by little, he has returned to his old self, and with the help of Carlos Esquivel and Lucas Lobos, he can become the Diablos Rojos' savior.
Oscar Perez needs to be as inspired as he was against Guadalajara on Matchday 4. El Conejo has proven that age has nothing to do with performance.
He is 41 years old and making a huge impact on the pitch. His experience and leadership can give Toluca quite a headache.
Carlos Salcido (Guadalajara) vs. Yair Renteria (Santos)
Carlos Salcido returned to the club where he debuted when he was 21 years old (2001) with the task of providing structure and organization to Guadalajara's back line.
However, he has had a tough time adjusting to the team. Although his experienced has helped him, he has lost a lot of speed.
Right now, Salcido's ball possession and distribution are his most valuable assets. The question surrounding him is if he will be able to stop Yair Renteria, a lethal striker who has already scored twice.
Santos have a 1-2-1 record and have won their last two games at the Estadio Omnilife.
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