Streaking Leon vs. Tigres, Clasico Joven headline Week 13 in Liga MX

Streaking Leon vs. Tigres, <i> Clasico Joven  </i> headline Week 13 in Liga MX
From ESPN - October 13, 2017

Ahead of this weekend's action, ESPN FC's Liga MX writers Tom Marshall, Nayib Moran and Eric Gomez look ahead to some of the league's biggest matchups and storylines.

Monterrey vs. Pachuca

Amid the fallout of the U.S. failing to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday, an emotional Omar Gonzalez describing his own goal as "one that will haunt me forever" and then apologizing to fans was one of the most raw and honest moments.

But Gonzalez has very little time to now process what has happened. The 29-year-old is back with Pachuca and preparing for the team's biggest game of the season away against Monterrey -- where Gonzalez has family -- on Saturday.

This game pits two of the Liga MX's best sides. Monterrey is undefeated and the most impressive team of the Apertura by a distance, whereas Pachuca has struggled to match expectations and is down in 12th.

Gonzalez and Pachuca will need to step up and get a result if the Apertura is not going to turn into a monotonous countdown to December's Club World Cup.-- Tom Marshall

America vs. Cruz Azul

Cruz Azul has yet to lose a game at Estadio Azul. Its current home record has the team on the brink of reaching the Liguilla after missing the last six. Without a doubt, under Paco Jemez, La Maquina has developed a competitive character, which has allowed it to go into every league game with a solid chance to win.

But there's a problem that Jemez must address in the upcoming weeks, just to make sure the team can actually finish the season in the top eight. It's true that Cruz Azul is coming off a 4-0 win over a poor Pumas side, but before this match, the team only scored four goals in five matches. The team's offense has not been consistent, and if it aspires to beat America, it will need its attackers to be more clinical in front of goal.

Leon vs. Tigres


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