5 Key Battles for Liga MX Week 6

Karla Villegas Gama@karlitsvFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2014

5 Key Battles for Liga MX Week 6

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    The sixth week of Liga MX is around the corner, and it will be a great opportunity for some players to help their teams in their quest for the title.

    If there's something we have learned so far, it is that the youngsters are slowly becoming key figures in their respective clubs. Their speed, hunger and commitment have put them in the spotlight.

    From goalkeepers to strikers, the Mexican tournament has brought a lot of emotions so far, and Matchday 6 will be no different.

    Let's take a look at five key battles for the upcoming games.

Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey) vs. Mauricio Romero (Puebla)

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    The top scorer of the 2014 Apertura is ready to continue his unstoppable pace against Puebla.

    So far, Dorlan Pabon has scored six times in five matchdays, including a hat-trick against Cruz Azul in Week 5.

    Pabon has been a thriving force for Monterrey, which sit third in the general table.

    In the meantime, Puebla have struggled ever since they lost 4-0 to America in Matchday 3. La Franja have received six goals this season.

    Mauricio Romero needs to be at his best if he wants to stop Pabon. The centre-back arrived in Puebla for the current tournament after spending a year with Atlas.

    Pabon's speed and dribbling skills will put him in distress.

Yair Renteria (Santos Laguna) vs. Paulo Da Silva (Toluca)

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    Paulo Da Silva returned to Toluca for the 2013 Apertura and has been the leader of the defense ever since.

    The Diablos Rojos are the third-best defense of the 2014 Apertura, and the Paraguayan centre-back has a lot to do with that.

    According to Squawka, he has won all 11 tackles in which he has been involved and has 89 percent pass accuracy.

    Yair Renteria took a decisive role with Santos Laguna after Oribe Peralta signed with America.

    At age 21, he has proven to coach Pedro Caixinha he has what it takes to take over the attacking zone, along with Darwin Quintero.

    So far, Renteria has scored twice.

Hernan Bernardello (Cruz Azul) vs. Danilinho (Queretaro)

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    Hernan Bernardello came to Cruz Azul this season from MLS team Montreal Impact. However, the defensive midfielder has not had the success he expected.

    After three games, the Argentinean has yet to adjust to Liga MX’s style of play. Unfortunately, La Maquina don't have much time left for that, especially because they have a 1-2-2 record.

    Bernardello will have to be extra careful in Matchday 6 because he will have to contend with Danilinho.

    The former UANL midfielder is lethal when he joins the attack. He knows how to work under pressure and in tight spaces.

    He is a great ball-feeder; this season he has created nine goal opportunities, as reported by Squawka.

Miguel Herrera (Pachuca) vs. Arturo Gonzalez (Atlas)

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    Miguel Herrera is a trustworthy centre-back who has worked hard to earn the starting position. At age 25 he has taken care of Pachuca's back line since the 2013 Apertura.

    He is an undisputed starter with fantastic touch. So far he has 84 percent pass accuracy, as well as 10 defensive actions, including 23 clearances, according to Squawka.

    Herrera's task won't be easy. He will face Arturo Gonzalez, one of the most promising Mexican footballers.

    He is a 19-year-old midfielder, whose speed and dribbling skills allow him to step into the box on a regular basis. No wonder he has scored twice in the 2014 Apertura.

Edgar Duenas (Chiapas) vs. Rubens Sambueza (America)

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    Edgar Duenas needs to recover from last week's mistake. He couldn't pass the ball correctly, which resulted in a goal for Tijuana.

    Chiapas have a 2-1-2 record this season; although they haven't been very consistent, they secured both their victories on home soil.

    Duenas must play to perfection against America because Rubens Sambueza has been a key player for Las Aguilas since he returned to action after a muscular injury.

    The attacking midfielder has one goal, one assist and eight key passes to his name, as per Squawka.


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