Angry because he lost a chain of 9 continuous wins in the Apertura tournament, the leader America will host the Chivas de Guadalajara in the Mexican soccer derby this Saturday.
It will be the main duel of the fifteenth day that will begin to define the 4 direct classifieds to the league of the 8 best and the 8 that will play the tie or playoff for the remaining 4 places.
The Eagles of Argentine coach Fernando Ortiz tied 3-3 this Wednesday with Santos Laguna and saw their perfect performance in nine games spoiled, which left a bad taste for the team, which will try to make up for it against its most bitter rival.
Ortiz said that “This game is a good slap in the face for us to see that we are not invincible, because Santos hit us at the right time; they played a great game for us, although I’m left with a draw that the fans enjoyed.”
The Eagles lead the Apertura with 10 wins, 2 draws, 3 losses and 32 points, one point above Monterrey; They take 10 units ahead of Guadalajara, which has come from less to more, even though on Tuesday it was beaten 1-4 by Tigres, in a duel that I dominated, but the rival scored the goals.
América is obliged to win in order not to risk its leadership, it will be a game surrounded by expectations because he and Guadalajara need points to stay in the top 8 and play the playoffs at home for a place in the quarterfinals.
With the duo of Mexican Henry Martín, second of the scorers, and Uruguayan Jonathan Rodríguez, fourth, América, the most lethal attacking team, will come out to punish their rival who shows the second safest defense and can do damage on offense with Alexis Vega and Angel Zaldivar.
A while before, Monterrey will receive the champion Atlas, penultimate in the standings, with the idea of beating him, jumping to first place and keeping it, in case America loses to Guadalajara.
This Friday the day will begin when Puebla will receive the UANL Tigers, with the idea of adding three and improving the eleventh seat, and Toluca will visit Mazatlán.
On Sunday Cruz Azul, fourteenth, will visit the Puams UNAM, sixteenth; the winner will keep alive the hopes of reaching the quarterfinals, which will increase the interest in the duel. In addition, Santos Laguna will host Juárez FC, León will host Querétaro, San Luis will host Pachuca and Tijuana will host Necaxa.
– Fifteenth day of the Opening of Mexican soccer:
Friday 09.16: Puebla-Tigres UANL and Mazatlán-Toluca.
Saturday 17.09: Monterrey-Atlas and America-Guadalajara.
Sunday 09.18: Pumas UNAM-Cruz Azul, Santos Laguna-Juárez FC, León-Querétaro, San Luis-Pachuca, Tijuana-Necaxa. Published by The USA Herald, news and information agency.