6 Bold Predictions for Liga MX Week 7
Matchday 7 of the 2014 Apertura is here, and it brings one of the most exciting games of the Liga MX—America vs. UNAM—as well as a new coach, Jose Luis Sanchez Sola.
Las Aguilas have a 5-1-0 record. They are the only side that hasn't lost a single match. America lead the tournament and have a three-point advantage over Monterrey and Atlas.
On the other hand, Morelia is the one club that have yet to secure a victory; they sit last in the general table with only two points, after two draws and four defeats.
In the managerial department, Sanchez is set to debut (again) with Puebla. This will be El Chelis' second term with La Franja, and the task is the same: avoid relegation.
Like every week, there are several players you need to follow closely: Dorlan Pabon, who leads the scorers' table with seven goals, and the youngsters who will play with El Tri in the upcoming friendlies, such as Hiram Mier and Rodolfo Pizarro.
Let's take a look to some bold predictions for Week 7.
Monterrey Will Lose at Estadio Corregidora
Monterrey sit second in the general table just behind America and Atlas. This week Rayados will travel to Queretaro to hopefully secure their third win in a row.
However, the home team comes from a painful 2-1 loss to Cruz Azul, their second defeat of the 2014 Apertura. It's a matter of pride for Gallos Blancos, so they will fight hard to get back on track.
This has been a good tournament for Ignacio Ambriz's side. They have a 3-1-2 record and are fifth in the general table after six weeks.
Queretaro have to cover Pabon tightly, as the Colombian is the top scorer of the season with seven goals.
Morelia Will Finally Win
There's only one club that hasn't won this season: Morelia.
Monarcas have a 0-2-4 record and sit at the bottom of the table, even behind recently promoted team Universidad de Guadalajara.
This week Morelia will face Puebla this matchday at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc. La Franja struggled under Ruben Omar Romano's command, hence Jose Luis Sanchez "Chelis" Sola took over the squad this week.
This will be his second tenure with La Franja; in his first one he avoided the club's relegation to the Ascenso MX.
Monarcas need to pull a miracle, because the last time they defeated Puebla on home soil, it was during the 2012 Clausura tournament.
UNAM Will Put an End to America's Unbeaten Streak
One of the most anticipated games of the 2014 Apertura will take place this week, when America receive UNAM at the Estadio Azteca.
Las Aguilas are the only team that hasn't lost. After five successive wins, they left Chiapas with a scoreless draw; still they lead the tournament with 16 points.
UNAM had a shameful start this season. They lost four games in a row, which led to Jose Luis Trejo's dismissal.
Now, under Guillermo Vazquez's command, Pumas will try to surprise America on home soil, which could also be their first victory since they defeated Queretaro in the opening matchday.
Veracruz Will Secure Their Second Win of the Tournament
Veracruz have had a very irregular season. They have won once, in the fourth matchday, tied four games and lost once.
They will try to stun Toluca at the Estadio Nemesio Diez, which they haven't accomplished since the 2006 Apertura tournament.
Tiburones Rojos have only scored two goals, despite having experienced players in the attacking zone, such as Carlos Ochoa and Edgar Andrade.
Toluca have to win this one if they want to keep up their undefeated run on home soil. Also, it would be a confidence booster after they lost to Santos 3-0 last week.
Leon Will Go Back to the Winners Circle
Leon are still trying to figure out what they need to do to turn things around. They have a 2-0-4 record, which seems unbelievable since they secured back-to-back titles (2013 Apertura and 2014 Clausura).
Gustavo Matosas' side has had a lot of trouble in the defensive zone. It all started with William Yarbrough's lack of confidence on the goal and ended with Rafael Marquez's departure to Hellas Verona.
This week they'll face Pachuca. The last time they met was at the 2014 Clausura final. Leon lost on home soil but went on to defeat Los Tuzos at the Estadio Hidalgo to clinch the title.
Pachuca will arrive in Nou Camp strong and confident, especially after they ended Atlas' unbeaten run last week.
Guadalajara Will Finally Win on Home Soil
Six weeks after their debut, Guadalajara have yet to win on home soil. They have only secured three points outside Estadio Omnilife once, against UNAM in Matchday 2.
Chivas' performances have been far from being spectacular. They have to step up soon because they are in danger of being relegated to Ascenso MX.
In Matchday 7, their game must be sharp because Cruz Azul come from a 2-1 victory over Queretaro, which puts them in a better place, at least mentally.
La Maquina sit 10th in the general table with eight points.
All stats appear courtesy of ESPN FC, unless otherwise noted.