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The season is just four weeks old but it has already thrown up a host of surprises, the biggest of which is arguably found at the top of the table. Very few people expected Club Leon, Morelia, and Puebla to be occupying the top three places. Indeed, Morelia and Puebla were widely considered to be possible relegation candidates. All three will want to maintain their good form in Week 5.
Club Leon look to maintain their Liga MX lead 
08/14/2015
 
Club Leon, Liga MX

By Dan Price


The season is just four weeks old but it has already thrown up a host of surprises, the biggest of which is arguably found at the top of the table.


Very few people expected Club Leon, Morelia, and Puebla to be occupying the top three places. Indeed, Morelia and Puebla were widely considered to be possible relegation candidates. All three will want to maintain their good form in Week 5.

Morelia vs Club Leon (Saturday, 7:30pm EDT)

Cirilo Saucedo, Monarcas Morelia

As fate would have it, leaders Leon travel to third place Morelia on Saturday night. They go into the game tied on points, each with three wins from their four games so far.


Leon’s only defeat came in Mexico City in Week 3, when they went down 2-0 to Cruz Azul. They returned to winning ways on Wednesday night when they beat Tigres 2-1 at home, but it wasn’t a particularly impressive performance. They will need to improve if they are to maintain their place at the top of the table.


Morelia are probably the biggest surprise of the season so far. A 3-0 win over Cruz Azul on the opening day gave them a much needed morale boost, and they followed that up with a 1-0 win over a second-string Tigres side and another 1-0 win against Toluca.


The manner of their 2-0 loss to Chivas in midweek suggests they are not the finished package, but at the very least they should be confident of avoiding the drop next May.


Prediction Morelia 1-1 Leon

Santos Laguna vs Club America (Friday, 10:30pm EDT)

Djaniny Tavares, Santos Laguna

Santos finally got their first win of the season on Tuesday, overcoming a resilient Queretaro thanks to a stunning brace from in-form striker Djaniny.


In truth, the win couldn’t have come soon enough. Aside from the mounting pressure on Pedro Caixinha, they now face consecutive games against America and Monterrey – two games that promise to be a real test of the champion’s credentials.


America have recovered from their poor start by winning their last two outings against Pachuca and Dorados, scoring seven goals and keeping two clean sheets in the process.


Peralta and Benedetto are both in fine form – arguably their best form of 2015 – and they once again look like a side that will be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.


Prediction: Santos Laguna 1-2 Club America

Tigres UANL vs Chiapas (Saturday, 8pm EDT)

Andre-Pierre Gignac, Tigres UANL

After splashing out on Andre-Pierre Gignac, Javier Aquino, Jurgen Damm, and Ikechukwu Uche over the summer, it’s undoubtedly a surprise to see Tigres sitting in last place in the table.


In their defense, they played a reserve side in their opening two games, ended the game against Chivas with nine men, and are badly missing their main defensive pairing of Juninho and Hugo Ayala.


Nonetheless, they need a win this weekend to appease the fans and to keep themselves in touch with the rest of the league.


Chiapas have started the season well, with two wins and a draw from their opening three games, but are yet to win away from home. A trip to El Volcan is always a tricky task, and Los Jaguares might find it a bridge too far.


Prediction: Tigres 2-0 Chiapas

 
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