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Fans around Mexico are gearing up for the start of the Liguilla. The quarter final first legs will be played today and tomorrow evening, with the return games taking place over the weekend.
Mexico ready for Liguilla quarter finals
11/25/2015
 
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By Dan Price


Fans around Mexico are gearing up for the start of the Liguilla. The quarter final first legs will be played today and tomorrow evening, with the return games taking place over the weekend.


We take a quick look at the four head-to-heads:


America vs Leon (Wednesday, 8pm ET)

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Lots of fans and pundits are backing one of these two sides to take the title in mid-December, but in truth neither is in great shape. The two teams go into the playoffs with the worst form out of any of the eight sides; America took seven points from their final five games, Leon took six.


To be fair, this loss of form could be down to the nature of the Liga MX – both sides were almost assured of their place in the Liguilla a long time before the end of the campaign, and a drop off in performance is understandable.


The problems might arise when they look to invigorate themselves and hit top gear again – it’s not too far-fetched to see an in-form side like Toluca or Tigres easily dismantling them in the semi-finals.


Prediction: America 1-1 Leon


Tigres UANL vs Chiapas (Wednesday, 10pm ET)

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This game couldn’t be more different to the America-Leon match. Tigres and Chiapas have some of the best form out of all eight Liguilla participants; Tigres are unbeaten in six, and Chiapas have won their last four.


Despite Chiapas’ strong form, their playoff participation is a surprise – before their powerful end to the season they were bouncing along in mid-table, and looked unlikely to be a member of the end-of-season party.


A settled defence and the goals of Silvio Romero saw them come through, but it’s still difficult to see beyond a Tigres victory.


Prediction: Tigres 2-0 Chiapas


Veracruz vs Pumas UNAM (Thursday, 8pm ET)

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Veracruz held their nerve in their do-or-die clash with Morelia on the final day, with a goal from Julio Furch with ten minutes to go giving them a historic 2-1 away win.


Along with Puebla and Chiapas, they make up one of the Liguilla’s three underdogs. If they can somehow muscle themselves past the all-dominant Pumas, it would be one of the biggest playoff shocks in years.


On paper, Pumas should win easily – they took 35 points from 17 games in the regular season, ending up with the league’s best attack and second strongest defence in the process. Stranger things have happened, however, and if Veracruz can get a result in front of their own fans it would lead for a fascinating second leg at the weekend.


Prediction: Veracruz 2-1 Pumas UNAM


Puebla vs Toluca (Thursday, 10 ET)

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The final quarter final sees second-place Toluca travel to seventh-place Puebla.


Puebla deserve their place; they were there or thereabouts all season, and lost just one of their final four games to make sure they held on. It’s a remarkable outcome for a side that could yet find themselves in the Ascenso MX next season.


After a slightly slow start, Toluca were strong throughout. Once the season hit the halfway point, there was never any doubt they would collect a playoff berth. They could easily win the title.


Prediction: Puebla 1-3 Toluca

 
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