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Most sides in the Liga MX now only have five games remaining and 15 points left to play for. With the league currently on a two-week international break, we take a look at who are the likely front runners for the eight Liguilla places.
Liga MX Liguilla – Who are the likely participants?
10/07/2015
 
Pumas continues it's outstanding run in the Apertura 2015 tournament


By Dan Price


Most sides in the Liga MX now only have five games remaining and 15 points left to play for. With the league currently on a two-week international break, we take a look at who are the likely front runners for the eight Liguilla places.

ALMOST THERE:

León, one of the Liga MX's title contenders for the Apertura 2015

Pumas UNAM; Leon; Toluca


It would take a collapse of epic proportions for Pumas not to make the post-season – they have the best attack in the league along with the second best defense, and currently sit top of the table with a nine point cushion over ninth placed Chiapas. It means six points from five games will assure them of a berth.


Leon sit one point behind Pumas and welcome the leaders to the Estadio Leon in Week 13. The game will go a long way to deciding who ends the campaign as the Superlider.


Third-place Toluca are just two points off the leaders and are top of the form guide. A tough run in sees them face America, Cruz Azul, and Monterrey in their final three games, but eight points is guaranteed to see them over the line.

WELL ON THE WAY:

Club América will feature in the Liguilla 2015

America; Tigres UANL


America and Tigres have not quite managed to hit the heights of the 2014-15 season, when they finished 1st and 2nd in both the Apertura and the Clausura.


They both returned to winning ways in Week 12 after two consecutive losses, but both face reasonably testing run-ins. America must still play Toluca, Monterrey, and Pumas, while Tigres still have to face Santos Laguna and Cruz Azul.


Both will want to make sure they finish in the top four to give themselves the tie-break advantage in case of a aggregate draw in the Liguilla.

IN THE HUNT:

Queretaro is one of the clubs that could still make a run for the postseason

Veracruz; Puebla; Morelia; Chiapas; Chivas; Monterrey; Queretaro


Only four points separate sixth-place Veracruz from twelfth-place Queretaro, making it almost impossible to predict which of the three sides will join Pumas, Leon, Toluca, America, and Tigres in the post-season.


Veracruz and Chivas have the best form over the last five games, having both picked up nine points – though Chivas lost to Pumas at the weekend to destroy some of their momentum. Monterrey have the worst form, with just five points from a possible 15.

UNLIKELY:

Pachuca currently sit in the 13th spot of the Apertura 2015 tournament

Pachuca; Atlas; Tijuana


Tijuana are four points behind Morelia in eighth, but with so many teams between them and the playoffs it seems unlikely they can leapfrog them all.


Atlas are only three points behind Morelia, but with no wins in three they are hitting a poor run of form at exactly the wrong time.

FAILED:

Santos can't find their groove under new manager Pako Ayestaran

Cruz Azul; Santos Laguna; Dorados


New boys Dorados have had a season to forget on their return to top flight football, with just nine points gathered from their eleven games so far.


Cruz Azul and Santos Laguna are the two biggest shocks of the campaign – both have struggled for form and goals, and their chance of a post-season place has virtually vanished. 

 
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