6 Bold Predictions for Liga MX Week 5

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2014

6 Bold Predictions for Liga MX Week 5

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    America are still leading the 2014 Apertura. They have won all their matches for a total of 12 points, and they are hoping to keep the streak going when they face Morelia.

    Atlas, Queretaro and Monterrey sit second, third and fourth, respectively, in the general table. All of them have proven to be ready to give America a run for the lead.

    Other clubs, like Guadalajara and Cruz Azul, have yet to convince media and fans that they have what it takes to turn things around and go back to their old selves.

    Let's take a look at five bold predictions for Week 5.

Morelia Will End America's Winning Streak

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    Morelia have yet to win in the 2014 Apertura. So far, they have a 0-2-2 record and sit 17th in the general table.

    This week, they will face America at the Estadio Azteca, which will be their toughest challenge so far, as Las Aguilas are the only club that has won every game of the tournament.

    Monarcas could put an end to their winning streak, if they take advantage of Raul Jimenez's departure to Atletico Madrid. The striker had scored four times before heading to Europe.

    Morelia haven't grabbed three points at the Estadio Azteca since the 2012 Apertura. A win against Las Aguilas could turn things around for them and give them a much needed confidence boost.

Puebla Will Secure Their 2nd Win of the Tournament

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    Puebla started the 2014 Apertura with a victory over Tijuana, their first one at the Estadio Caliente. However, things have been very difficult since then.

    La Franja haven't won again, instead they tied with Veracruz and lost against America and Cruz Azul.

    This week, they are set to face UANL at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc. On paper, they should have the advantage of playing on their own turn, but this season Tigres haven't lost when playing away.

    Moreover, Puebla haven't defeated UANL on home soil since the 2007 Apertura, and with their defensive deficiencies, it seems like a long shot.

Universidad De Guadalajara Will Defeat Atlas

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    Universidad de Guadalajara secured their first point of the season against Toluca in Matchday 4.

    Although they struggled throughout the match, Leones Negros showed improvement and created several goal opportunities.

    They will try to stun Atlas in their upcoming game, but Los Zorros are having a dream tournament. Their fine performances have secured them the second spot of the general table.

    Atlas are unbeaten so far, with a 3-1-0 record, while Leones Negros sit at the bottom of the table.

    If Universidad de Guadalajara pull off the miracle, it will be the biggest upset of the matchday for sure.


Cruz Azul Will Grab 3 More Points

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    Cruz Azul defeated Puebla on Week 4 after Michael Orozco put the ball away in his own goal.

    La Maquina have a lot to prove this season, especially after a fantastic performance in the previous tournament (2014 Clausura).

    Coach Luis Fernando Tena needs to work hard. Although his strategy hasn't been bad, the forwards have missed countless goal opportunities, a luxury they can't afford against Monterrey.

    Los Rayados sit fourth in the general table and have scored five times in four matchdays. Dorlan Pabon is going through a fantastic moment, with a total tally of three goals.

    A win at the Estadio Tecnologico would be huge to increase Cruz Azul's confidence and to give Tena a breath of fresh air.

Tijuana Will Finally Win on Home Soil

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    Tijuana have lost two games and have tied another two. This week, they will face Chiapas at the Estadio Caliente, a perfect opportunity to finally grab three points.

    So far, Xolos have scored two goals and have received four, and in the general table, they are only ahead of Universidad de Guadalajara and Morelia.

    Coach Cesar Farias haven't won a game since the 2014 Clausura, when his side defeated Atlante in Week 16.

    Chiapas come from an impressive win against Leon. Jaguares managed to turn over the score to win 3-2 on home soil.

    They are sharp when they attack through the center of the pitch, which will push Tijuana to strive for excellence on the back line.

Veracruz Will Stun Queretaro

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    Veracruz seems to be getting on track, after last week's titanic effort. They defeated Monterrey 2-1 at the Estadio Luis "Pirata" Fuente.

    Los Tiburones Rojos have to grab as many points as possible if they want to stay in the Liga MX; they currently sit 16th.

    Their next rival is Queretaro. The Gallos Blancos have been quite a surprise this season. They have nine points after winning three games and losing one.

    Veracruz haven't won at the Estadio Corregidora since the 2007 Clausura.


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