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Liga MX Update: Regiomontanos stay strong

Hugo Gonazlez Necaxa Odds to Win Liga MX Clausura Mexico soccer

It was another wild weekend in Liga MX, as defending champion Club América suffered its second collapse of the season, getting embarrassed 3-0 at home to Club León. Hot on Las Águilas’ heels are Monterrey and Tigres, who remain close favorites to Club América to win the 2019 Liga MX Clausura title.

It’s almost as if every week we have to reserve a special place to talk more about the teams from Monterrey. As the saying goes, stats don’t lie. A quick look at the table will tell you that both Rayados and Tigres have been the two best teams in this Clausura. Sure, both teams don’t come without their problems, but you’d have a hard time arguing against one of these teams finishing the regular season as a real contender.

In the case of Rayados, they keep flexing their muscles. They absolutely outplayed Lobos BUAP over the weekend, and made the Puebla outfit look like a second-tier side with a 4-0 thumping. The goalscorers for Rayados were Rogelio Funes Mori, Maximiliano Meza and Rodolfo Pizarro, highlighting the sheer potential this team has on the offensive end.

Tigres, meanwhile, haven’t been as dominant, but they keep getting the job done. The only question for the Felinos is they have a tough schedule ahead with the CONCACAF Champions League coming up. It will be interesting to see what tournament Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti prioritizes, although it is no secret that Tigres are hungry for an international title.

Club América is gathering pressure

While the teams from Monterrey are making gains, is it perhaps time to start to get worried about Club América? Las Águilas were embarrassed at home by Club León in what was their first defeat since March of last year at the Estadio Azteca. Miguel Herrera’s men were clearly outplayed and this marked their second defeat in their last three Liga MX matches.

Obviously, some regression was expected, and these sorts of streaks exist so they can be ended. But it does serve as a small warning to Las Águilas as the season progresses. Everybody wants to beat the defending champions, and with the Clásico Capitalino against Pumas UNAM coming up next week, it’s probably best they return to the win column as soon as possible. Pressure can be América’s biggest enemy, and it’s not something they want on their quest for back-to-back titles.

That said, Las Águilas remain a relatively safe choice to go with to win the title. As opposed to both Monterrey and Tigres, they have no other major commitments to worry about. For them, Liga MX is their No. 1 choice.

Is it time to start taking Necaxa seriously?

Necaxa is trending up and it is trending up fast. Out of seemingly nowhere, Los Rayos are looking like one of the best teams in this Clausura, and maybe it is time we start taking them more seriously.

Last week, Necaxa outmatched Chivas Guadalajara at home but needed a last-minute goal to earn a 3-3 draw over the Rebaño. The score doesn’t tell you the full story. Necaxa was clearly the better team and anything less than a draw would have been an injustice. Under Guillermo Vazquez Jr., Necaxa has been making a habit of outplaying teams, and as a result, they are one of two unbeaten teams remaining in this Clausura.

Aside from their fans, there aren’t probably many people who think this team can win the title. However, people forget that Guillermo Vazquez Jr. is an excellent coach and already has a few titles under his belt. Most recently, he came close to winning the title with Cruz Azul in 2013. At this point, if Necaxa isn’t at least on your radar, then it definitely should be.