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The final weekend of the regular season of Liga MX kicks off in Mexico this Friday, with five playoff spots and one relegation spot still to be decided.
Liga MX final weekend – All eyes on relegation and Liguilla
05/08/2015
 
Chivas, Clausura 2015 tournament, Liga MX

By Dan Price


The final weekend of the regular season kicks off in Mexico this Friday, with five playoff spots and one relegation spot still to be decided.


At the top end, Chivas, America, Cruz Azul, Tijuana, Santos Laguna, Toluca, Queretaro, Monterrey, Pachuca, and Pumas are all hopeful of joining the already-qualified Veracruz, Tigres UANL, and Atlas, while at the other end Puebla and Leones Negros are fighting to avoid the drop.

Santos Laguna vs Puebla (Saturday 8:30pm, ET)

Puebla, Clausura 2015 season

After going into last week’s game against Club Leon as the more probable side to be relegated, Puebla’s 2-0 win combined with Leones Negros’ late loss against Veracruz has turned the situation on its head.


Puebla now have their destiny in their own hands. A win would confirm their safety regardless of the Leones Negros result, while a draw would also realistically assure them of top flight football next term barring an improbable 10-0 win for their rivals.


It means the visitor’s sole aim will be avoiding defeat – but against a resurgent Santos side that has won four of its last five and is on the brink of Liguilla qualification, that is easier said than done.


Puebla will definitely be without Francisco Acuna and Efrain Cortes, while Miguel Noriega is also a doubt. Andres Renteria and Oswaldo Alanis are doubts for the hosts.

Cruz Azul vs Leones Negros (Saturday 8:30pm, ET)

Leones Negros, Clausura 2015 tournament

The Leones Negros game will run concurrently with the Puebla game, meaning we could be set for ninety minutes of high drama.


For the Guadalajara-based side the maths is very simple – they must win and hope Puebla lose. Like Puebla, they face a side which has yet to book their place in the post-season (Cruz Azul are fifth with 25 points, one clear of Santos Laguna in eighth with 24 points), making the game a ‘must win’ tie for both participants.


Relegation would be cruel on either of the two sides – Morelia have only won four games all season and look set to end both the Apertura and Clausura in last place, but would be sparred by the Liga MX’s convoluted system.


Carlos Lizarazo is set to miss out for the hosts, while Leones Negros have a full side to choose from.

LEON VS TIJUANA (SATURDAY 8:05PM, ET)

Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles, Clausura 2015 tournament

Although there are fascinating stories up and down the country, the one that could make the biggest headlines on Sunday night is if Tijuana fail to make the post-season.


After Week 10 then were top of the table, but they’ve not won a game since 13th March and now have a mere one point cushion over a trio of sides just outside the top eight – Queretaro, Monterrey, and Toluca.


They face a Leon side, which despite being dreadful for most of the season, will be keen to end their campaign on a positive note in front of their own fans. A shock could be on the cards.


Neither side have any injury concerns or suspensions.

 
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