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After the drama of the Week 8 fixtures in the Liga MX last weekend, Mexican sides return to CONCACAF Champions League action tonight after a two week hiatus.
America and Queretaro return to Champions League action
09/16/2015
 
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By Dan Price


After the drama of the Week 8 fixtures in the Liga MX last weekend, Mexican sides return to CONCACAF Champions League action tonight after a two week hiatus.


The fourth round of fixtures kicked off last night as MLS side DC United beat Arabe Unido 2-0 and Santa Tecla took a point from their game at home to Real Salt Lake, but tonight sees reigning champions Club America in action.


Walter Ferretti vs Club America (Wednesday, 10pm EDT)

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Club America head to Nicaragua for the first of two consecutive away matches to see out their Group E campaign.


They already have two wins from their two matches so far, having scored five goals and conceded zero in the process. A win tonight wouldn’t necessarily assure them of progression to the quarter-finals - Honduras’ Motagua could still surpass them if they can win their final two games, one of which is a home tie to America in the final game of the group.


Nonetheless, at the halfway stage America have a goal difference that is seven better than their nearest rivals, and three points should see them through. A draw, however, could make things considerably more nerve-racking on 20th September at the Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino.


It’s unclear what line-up America boss Ignacio Ambriz will choose, especially with a trip to the improving Morelia on Saturday night - but we can at least expect the suspended Dario Benedetto and Rubens Sambueza to start.


Prediction: Walter Ferretti 0-3 Club America

Queretaro vs Hankook Verdes (Thursday, 10pm EDT)

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Queretaro’s game against Belizean minnows Hankook Verdes marks the final game in their Group C campaign.


They currently sit in first, ahead of tonight’s opponents and Panamanian side San Francisco - but their future in the competition is out of their own hands, regardless of tonight’s result.


Their woes can be traced back to their last game away at the aforementioned San Francisco. They took the lead at the Nuevo Estadio Maracaná de Panamá with 77 minutes to go, but conceded in the 89th and 90th minute to ultimately lose 2-1.


That result, combined with a disappointing 0-0 draw against Hankook Verdes in Week 2, means they only have four points from their three games. San Francisco have three points from two games, and will face the minnows twice to see out their campaign. If they win both those games, they will progress at Queretaro’s expense.


Los Gallos Blancos will be without Orbelin Pineda, who was sent off after getting involved in a ruckus at the end of their last Champions League game.


Prediction: Queretaro 1-0 Hankook Verdes 

 
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