On the Brink: Week 6-7

Expectations were largely met once again this week. Our relegation contenders were met with predictable circumstances and received predictable outcomes. Leones Negros traveled to Guanajuato to face Leon. They predictably lost. Leones Negros continued their run of form and find themselves on the bottom of the relegation table.

Chivas played to a stalemate with the Tiburones Rojos of Veracruz. This crucial match started with uncharacteristic life. Veracruz sprung to action from the opening kick. In the opening minutes, Veracruz nearly converted three times. Chivas appeared to be headed to a disastrous home defeat. Yet, they rallied. They asserted themselves throughout the remainder of the match ... just not in a 'scoring goals' kind of way. Chivas was the better team on the day, but this meant little for the result.

Puebla broke with the trend this week. A 2-0 win over Monterrey gave the team three big points. They've given themselves a little distance from Leones Negros and move to three points below Chivas in their head-to-head struggle. Entering this match with just three goals in their first five games, coming away with two and the win was unexpected for Puebla. This could be a positive sign going forward or perhaps just indicative of the mess that is Monterrey at the moment.  

TABLA DE DESCENSO

15. Veracruz - 57 games played - 61 points - 1.0702 ppg

16. Chivas - 91 games played - 96 points - 1.0549 ppg

17. Puebla - 91 games played - 93 points - 1.0220 ppg

18. Leones Negros - 23 games played - 21 points - 0.9130 ppg

Week seven presents three incredibly tough matches for the three teams that has disappointing results this past weekend. However, Puebla has an excellent chance of keeping their positive momentum and coming away with another win. I wouldn't normally like Puebla's chances on the road, but a trip to Morelia is a clear exception. A draw is likely, but this game presents a great and important chance for three points for Puebla.

Veracruz will be receiving a visit from Toluca. The Diablos Rojos don't have the best record in the early season, but they are clearly one of the stronger teams in the league. Veracruz will be tested and will need every bit of home field advantage to swing their way. Veracruz has yet to lose this season, but all things must come to an end. Toluca should win this one.

Chivas head to Mexico City to face Cruz Azul on Saturday. Cruz Azul is the other undefeated team in this early part of the season. Cruz Azul has only conceded one goal this season, and Chivas has only shown faint interest in scoring them. Cruz Azul isn't exactly lighting up the score sheet either. I think we could all see where this one is headed.

Leones Negros return to the friendly confines of Estadio Jalisco. However, they will receive an unfriendly visitor in the Xolos of Tijuana. Tijuana has all the look of a juggernaut at this point. They've started clicking and not just on their home turf. Anything can happen in this league; Leones Negros getting a win here is probably not one of them.

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* Relegation in Liga MX is determined based on the lowest points per game for the past three years or six seasons including the present. Veracruz and Leones Negros are recently promoted and haven't been in the league for three years. Hence, they have played fewer matches and their points per game number fluctuates more than that of Puebla or Chivas.

*** Artwork is used under a Creative Commons license from Lotus Carroll

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