5 Key Battles for Liga MX Week 7
Everything is set for Matchday 7 in the Liga MX. Week in and week out we have witnessed some serious clashes in all lines, and it won't be different this time.
Oribe Peralta will fight to be the hero in one of the most anticipated games, as America will welcome UNAM at the Estadio Azteca.
Rogelio Chavez will try to help Cruz Azul in their quest to secure their third victory of the 2014 Apertura, when they face Guadalajara on home soil.
Leon's defensive problems could come to an end, if Jonny Magallon manages to organize the club's backbone.
These are just some of the battles we will see during the weekend. Join us to find out more.
Edgar Hernandez (Queretaro) vs. Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey)
So far, Dorlan Pabon is the 2014 Apertura top scorer with a total tally of seven goals in six appearances.
The Colombian footballer has become a cornerstone for Monterrey. Last season he only appeared six times and scored three goals. He also had four key passes and one assist, as per Squawka.
Mexican website MedioTiempo.com (Spanish) reports that Pabon is the most effective striker of the 2014 Apertura, with an average of one goal every 38 minutes.
This should be worrisome for Queretaro goalkeeper Edgar Hernandez, who has conceded seven goals in six matchdays. The latest against Cruz Azul, last weekend.
Oribe Peralta (America) vs. Dario Veron (UNAM)
Although Oribe Peralta couldn't put the ball away against Chiapas, his former club, in Matchday 6, he has proven to be in shape and ready to change the score in the blink of an eye.
The America forward has three goals to his name, plus two assists and nine key passes, according to Squawka.
His knack for goalscoring and hunger will be key in this week's match, as Las Aguilas are set to face long-time rivals UNAM.
Dario Veron has to play at his best and prove why he is the leader of Pumas' back line, despite his club's terrible record (1-1-4).
This will be a duel of experience.
Egidio Arevalo (UANL) vs. Luis Ernesto Perez (Chiapas)
UANL trashed Morelia last week with a fantastic display of offensive power. However, it is fair to say that Monarcas have been going through a tough time since the tournament started.
This week Tigres will face Chiapas, a team that knows how to turn things around while under pressure, as it happened against Leon in Matchday 4.
This game will give us quite a battle in the midfield, where Egidio Arevalo and Luis Ernesto Perez will try to have control of the game.
Both footballers know how to keep the ball and pass it to the wingers and forwards, but they can also make good runs to the last third of the pitch.
UANL and Jaguares have powerful footballers up front, which is why they need Arevalo and Perez focused to create plays and maintain the attack.
Jonny Magallon (Leon) vs. Matias Alustiza (Pachuca)
Leon have not had a walk in the park so far, and with Rafael Marquez's departure the team's backbone has suffered deeply.
Jonny Magallon hasn't shown his usual level. He has fallen short in technique and performance, but also in the leadership department.
The Panzas Verdes will receive Pachuca, a club that comes from a great 3-1 victory over Guadalajara. Los Tuzos' goals came from the boots of Matias Alustiza.
The Argentinean has adapted just fine to Pachuca's style of play. After four tournaments with Puebla—in the last one he appeared in 14 games and put the ball away three times—he has got back on track.
The confidence boost from Alustiza's hat-trick will be key in Matchday 7, especially since Los Tuzos have not lost to Leon at the Nou Camp since the 2000 Verano tournament.
Carlos Gerardo Rodriguez (Guadalajara) vs. Rogelio Chavez (Cruz Azul)
Rogelio Chavez is a thriving force through the right flank for Cruz Azul. Earlier this year his performances earned him his first cap with the Mexico national team.
In the 2014 Apertura he has one goal and one assist to his name. His fine touch is one of his most valuable assets; he can shoot from outside the box or send threatening crosses and diagonals to his teammates.
Chavez's experience and physicality can put Carlos Gerardo Rodriguez in distress easily.
The Guadalajara left-back needs to pay attention to his defending duties and hold back when he feels the urge to join the attack, which he does on a regular basis.
Chivas have struggled throughout the tournament, especially through the flanks.
All stats appear courtesy of ESPN FC, unless otherwise noted.