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After a two week long break for the international fixtures, the Liga MX returns this weekend with a host of exciting games.
America vs Tigres is the highlight as Liga MX returns
09/11/2015
 
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By Dan Price


After a two week long break for the international fixtures, the Liga MX returns this weekend with a host of exciting games.


Week 8 marks the final round of fixtures before the half-way point, and the contenders are starting to separate from the also-rans.


Club America vs Tigres UANL (Saturday, 6pm EDT)

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The most intriguing game this weekend undoubtedly takes place at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.


America and Tigres have been the leagues two most dominant forces for the last twelve months. In the 2014 

Apertura they finished the regular season in first and second place respectively before going on to meet each other in the Liguilla final. Six months later they once again finished in the top two regular season slots, but this time Tigres pipped America to number one. Tigres also had an historic Copa Libertadores run, while America lifted the CONCACAF Champions League.


Both sides started this season with a wobble but have now found their stride. America have won their last five – including a victory in the Clasico Joven against Cruz Azul, while Tigres have won their last three – scoring five against Queretaro and four against Chiapas in the process.


Going into the weekend America sit third and Tigres sit seventh. Both sides will want to win to maintain their momentum, but both would probably be happy with a draw.


Prediction: America 1-1 Tigres

Monterrey vs Cruz Azul (Saturday, 8pm EDT)

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Monterrey and Cruz Azul is another of the most intriguing fixtures of the weekend.


Cruz Azul are in free-fall. They’ve lost their last four games and are only being kept off the bottom of the table by the ongoing ineptitude of Santos Laguna. The quality in their squad suggests they should be doing much better, but with 11 goals conceded and just four scored since their 2-0 win over Leon, it suggests there are fundamental problems.


Monterrey started badly, improved quickly, and have now got worse again. They’ve not won either of their last two games – the only side out of the top ten to hold that unenviable record – and are going the wrong way in the table at the wrong stage of the season.


Fans will no doubt be having nightmares from 12 months ago when Monterrey set the pace for the opening ten games before fading badly. A confidence boosting win ahead of the Clasico Regiomontano next weekend is crucial.


Prediction: Monterrey 2-0 Cruz Azul

Atlas vs Dorados (Saturday, 9:30pm EDT)

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If you’d told people that after seven weeks of the season the newly-promoted Dorados would be ahead of Atlas in the table, few would have believed you.


Yet, that’s the reality for the two clubs ahead of their game this weekend. It’s a major surprise – Atlas have been one of the best and most consistent sides in the league for the last year, and the arrival of Gustavo Matosas was supposed to be the catalyst that could fire them onto the next level.


Dorados, meanwhile, were widely considered to have an inferior squad to last season’s new boys Leones Negros – a side that were quickly relegated again.


Atlas could still recover and Dorados could still face demotion – but this game will give us a clear understanding of the depth of each sides’ problems or otherwise.


Prediction: Atlas 2-2 Dorados

 
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