Liga MX Preview: Final three play-off spots up for grabs
By Football News
Morelia, Queretaro, Tigres UANL, Tijuana and Chiapas will battle it out for the remaining three Liga MX play-off spots this weekend.
With the final round of the Apertura phase approaching, five clubs have sewn up their post-season places, with America and Santos Laguna guaranteed first and second spots respectively for the knockout stages.
Cruz Azul, Leon and Toluca are also through, but only two points separate third and fifth, meaning the final weekend can still determine final placings.
The bottom half of the eight is not settled either, with Sergio Bueno's Chiapas (25 points) all but certain of a finals berth, given they are three points clear of ninth-placed Tigres (22).
Chiapas would be guaranteed their finals spot if Tigres fail to beat 15th-placed Atlas on the road, but can assure themselves with at least a point away to bottom club Atlante.
Morelia (24) welcome 11th-placed Puebla, who are out of the play-offs race, while Queretaro (23) occupy eighth spot ahead of their trip to 14th-placed Pachuca.
Tijuana must hope two of Tigres, Queretaro and Morelia lose, while they also must get the three points away to Leon to get themselves a final-eight spot.
In other matches, Santos Laguna can bounce back from a last-start loss to Chiapas at home to 12th side Veracruz.
Leaders America host Toluca, while Monterrey will welcome Guadalajara and third-placed Cruz Azul will visit Pumas UNAM to round out the regular season.