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Liga MX Update: Club América stays strong

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Things are starting to take shape as we approach the business end of the 2019 Liga MX Clausura. Club León continues to lead the pack, while Club América is making the case for why it should still be considered one of the favorites to win it all.

Obviously, we can spend a whole section talking about why Club León is the team you want to be paying attention to right now in Liga MX, but we would run the risk of sounding like a broken tape. The bottom line is La Fiera are on a historic running of nine straight victories, and are both the best offense and best defense in the league. They also have the player who has arguably been the best in the Clausura in Angel Mena, who leads the league in scoring and assists.

The real story, however, is in who looks capable of defeating León. The team that currently is getting the most buzz is Club América. The defending champions suddenly find themselves in a positive streak of just one defeat in their last seven matches across all competitions. Their last match was against Tigres, who has been near the very top of the favorites list since the competition started, and Club América easily won 3-0 at the Estadio Azteca.

You can never doubt the readiness of Las Águilas and that is exactly what makes them so dangerous. The fact that they are the defending champions and that hasn’t slowed them down one bit makes you think that if they have the impetus necessary, coupled with last season’s experience, not even León could stop this team from winning in a possible Liguilla.

Tigres will need to recover players and their favoritism

The other two teams still in the discussion next to Club León and Club América are the ones from the city of Monterrey.

By all means, it wasn’t the best of weekends for both Tigres and Rayados. For starters, the aforementioned Tigres got thumped by Las Águilas in what was supposed to be one of their bigger games of the season. Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s men were thoroughly outplayed and more than anything looked like a mediocre team playing against one of the league’s best.

What makes Tigres an interesting bet, however, is that injuries have been a huge part of their season. In fact, they remain without star striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, who was the most notable absence against Las Águilas. Evidently, they have still had enough depth to hang around the top three positions in the league table, which means there might be some value now before they get all their players back from injury.

Last-minute stumbles a worry for Rayados

Meanwhile, Rayados continue to show the same deficiencies they have shown all season. After losing their undefeated status to Xolos de Tijuana, Monterrey had a brilliant opportunity to return to winning ways against Cruz Azul. Everything looked fine until the very last moments of the match when La Máquina managed to score a goal in injury time to steal a point from their visit to Rayados.

Now, if you follow Liga MX closely, then you know that this last-minute collapse from Monterrey is nothing new, especially at home. Monterrey has made a bad habit of giving up late leads, and it has cost them several points this season.

There is really no explanation to it other than lapses in concentration, but it’s something to take into account when it comes to Rayados. That said, just for their squad alone, they should be considered as one of the favorites to win the title, and there is a real sense that we still haven’t seen the best of Monterrey under Diego Alonso.