6 Bold Predictions for Liga MX Week 6
The 2014 Apertura continues this weekend. Morelia and UANL will open Matchday 6, while Universidad de Guadalajara and Leon will be the last clubs to play.
America have not even blinked after Raul Jimenez's departure and continue to lead the tournament with 15 points out of 15 possible, but Atlas trail closely and could very well take over the top place.
Guadalajara need to win soon if they want to stay out of the relegation zone once and for all. This is a key week for them because they'll face Veracruz, another team that could leave the Liga MX.
Santos vs. Toluca is one of the most attractive games of the matchday; they sit sixth and fifth in the general table, respectively.
Let's take a look at this week's bold predictions.
Morelia Will Earn Three Points on Home Soil
Morelia have a fantastic chance to finally grab three points this season. They have a 0-2-3 record and sit 17th in the general table.
Monarcas have one draw and one defeat on home soil. This week they'll face UANL, a team which, despite not having a walk in the park, have won once and proved they have more structure in every line, compared to Morelia.
The home team need to take advantage of having the support of their fans and that the players didn't have to travel for the meet.
UNAM Will Grab Their Second Victory
Jose Luis Trejo was sacked last week after UNAM lost their fourth successive game of the 2014 Apertura. Now, Guillermo Vazquez is the man in charge to overturn the crisis.
Pumas will try their luck against Tijuana. It will be a tough task, as they have only defeated Xolos once in six opportunities.
Also, the northern squad come from securing their first victory of the season as they defeated Chiapas 2-1 at the Estadio Caliente.
Vazquez needs to work closely with the defense, as it has been the weakest line so far.
Toluca Will End Santos' 10-Year Unbeaten Run on Home Soil
In November 2004 Toluca defeated Santos Laguna at the Estadio Corona for the last time. They have met 11 times at Los Guerreros' home soil ever since.
After 10 years, Toluca are seeking to put an end to Santos' unbeaten streak, and Pablo Velazquez will be fundamental to accomplishing the feat.
So far, the Paraguayan footballer has put the ball away four times, which makes him the second-best scorer of the 2014 Apertura.
Santos need to keep the ball and control the midfield in order to neutralize Toluca's attack. So far, Los Guerreros have four goals against.
Veracruz Will Secure a Key Win vs. Guadalajara
The fight to leave behind the relegation zone continues this weekend with a key match between Veracruz and Guadalajara.
The Tiburones Rojos sit 15th in the relegation table with a 1.0769 ratio, while Chivas are 16th with a 1.0556 ratio.
However, during the 2014 Apertura Veracruz have a 1-3-1 record, against Guadalajara's 1-1-2, and they have been doing a better job, especially on home soil where they secured their only victory of the season.
Chivas have lost their past couple of games, against Pachuca and Santos, and a defeat at the Estadio Luis "Pirata" Fuente could be disastrous.
Atlas Will Take over the Lead of the Tournament
Atlas have performed at their best so far, which has led them to sit second in the general table just two points away from America.
Las Aguilas are the only team that has won all the points available so far, but Atlas are serious contenders for the title.
Los Zorros have become an organized and functional team, with several youngsters who have become cornerstones in the process, like Arturo Gonzalez.
Atlas is set to face Pachuca this week, and all they need to take control of the tournament is a combination of results. If they win and America lose or tie, then they'll be top.
Puebla Will Stun Monterrey
It's been 21 years since Puebla defeated Monterrey at the Estadio Tecnologico. Sergio Lira Gallardo scored in the fourth minute to seal the 1-0 victory.
Now Ruben Omar Romano has the chance to end La Franja's winless streak while playing in Rayados' turf. However, Monterrey have only lost once this tournament, when they visited Veracruz on Week 4.
Puebla have only won once, in the inaugural matchday, and they have tied two games and lost two more. It seems like a titanic job, especially since Dorlan Pabon has proven to be the most lethal striker of the 2014 Apertura, with six goals.
If La Franja want to have a chance at stopping Rayados they will have to be extra careful in the back line and take advantage of the few goal opportunities they'll create.
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