Liga MX leader Cruz Azul extended its winning streak to five games by thrashing Club Tijuana 4-2 at the weekend. Jonathan Rodríguez cancelled out Ignacio Rivero’s opener, and then a Roberto Alvarado brace put Cruz Azul in control after the break. Erick Torres Padilla gave the visitors hope, but Julio César Dominguez’s late strike put the game beyond doubt. León maintained the pressure on Cruz Azul with a 4-1 victory away at Juárez. Ángel Mena and former Arsenal striker Joel Campbell both scored twice in that game. Club América is now down to third after a thrilling 3-3 draw with Pumas UNAM. América led 2-1 with just eight minutes to go. Victor Malcorra grabbed an equalizer, and then Juan Ignacio Dinenno handed UNAM the initiative, only for a 95th strike from Henry Martín Mex to hand América a share of the spoils. That result left Pumas fourth, but without a win in three games.
Guadalajara Marches On
Guadalajara is now level on points with UNAM. It picked up a third consecutive victory when it beat Atlas in a big local derby at the weekend. Juárez, Querétaro and Pachuca make up the final three playoff places. Pachuca has taken 10 points from a possible 12 in its last four matches. A first-half strike from veteran striker Colin Kazim-Richards handed it an impressive 1-0 victory over Santos Laguna at the weekend. It ended Santos’ three-game winning run and left Guillermo Almada’s men ninth in the standings. Monterrey remains bottom of the table after it could only draw 2-2 at home with Atlético San Luis. Daniel Parra was sent off in the 17th minute, forcing Monterrey to play the majority of the game with 10 men. However, it still opened up a 2-0 lead, only to blow it by conceding twice in the final seven minutes of the game.
Week 10 Preview and Early Odds
High-scoring León hosts Pumas UNAM in an exciting game on Saturday night. 888 Sport has -118 on both teams to score and over 2.5 goals, which looks like a great bet. Odds of +170 on Guadalajara beating Monterrey look very attractive too. If you are feeling more cautious, Guadalajara draw no bet is priced at -114. Santos has a great opportunity to get back to winning ways when it hosts Necaxa on Sunday. Necaxa has lost four of its last five games. Santos to win looks tempting at -133. The big game sees Mexico City heavyweights América and Cruz Azul lock horns at Estadio Azteca. You can find +105 on América ending its rival’s winning run.