Santos Laguna beat Tigres UANL in the quarter final to set up this tie. After drawing 1-1 at home in the first leg they went on to record a 1-0 win in El Volcan thanks to a goal midway through the second half by Djanny.
Chivas also went into their second leg against Atlas on the back of a first leg draw. The 0-0 in the Estadio Omnilife was much-criticized as neither side showed much desire to win the game, but a comprehensive 4-1 win at the Estadio Jalisco in the second leg silenced many critics.
Despite the impressive on-field performances of Chivas’ hat-trick hero Marco Fabian and his teammates, the game was marred by ugly scenes in the stands. A number of Atlas supporters entered the pitch after Omar Bravo’s 54th minute goal, attacking the Atlas players and forcing a twenty minute suspension in play.
Santos Laguna could be without Oswaldo Alanis. He failed to make the bench against Chivas due to discomfort in his back, and will face a late fitness test. Chivas could be without Isaac Brizuela, who is also carrying a knock.
Santos will need to be at their best defensively if they are to progress – they’ve only kept three clean sheets in their last twelve games, although one of those came in the last game against Tigres.
Chivas will be looking for Marco Fabian to continue his own rich vein of form. He has bagged four goals in his last three games, and will be confident of maintaining his goal-scoring streak against the demonstrably poor Santos back line.
Prediction: Santos Laguna 2-1 Chivas