Liga MX poised to deliver fantastic finish

The official ball of the Liga MX. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images)
The official ball of the Liga MX. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images) /

There could be plenty of movement in the table during the final six weekends of the Liga MX season.

The October FIFA break comes along just as Liga MX is turning toward the home stretch and it looks to be a very crowded field racing toward the finish line.

Unlike last season, when León had already begun pulling away thanks to its league record 12-game win streak, there are no dominant teams. There are only 6 points separating first place from eighth place and there are eight teams within 2 points of the seventh and eighth seeds. With six Matchdays remaining, truly anything could happen.

Liga MX home stretch
Brian Lozano and Santos have not been able to sustain their early-season form. (Photo by Mauricio Salas/Jam Media/Getty Images) /

Santos and Querétaro dominated the first third of the season, but both have slowed down considerably. In its past two games, Santos was shut out by both the Tigres (4-0) and the Pumas (2-0), while the Gallos Blancos went 2-3-1 after a 4-1-0 start.

On Matchday 6, León appeared to rediscover the form it displayed during the Clausura 2019, spanking Querétaro 4-0 at Estadio Corregidora as part of a 4-3-0 stretch that saw the Esmeraldas rise into third place. Since then, La Fiera has lost at Puebla then settled for a draw against last-place Veracruz, slipping into fifth place in the Liga MX table.

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The defending Liga MX champion Tigres were treading water for much of the back stretch, putting together a 7-game unbeaten streak that featured five consecutive draws. The Tigres fell from fourth to eighth as a result of those five winless weeks. Their situation worsened when they followed their Matchday 10 bye with a 1-0 loss at Puebla, slumping into 10th place. The champs have evidently found their mojo, though, winning the Clásico Regio at Monterrey (0-2) before crushing second-place Santos (4-0). These results have pushed the Tigres into sixth place.

Two teams on the rise heading toward the home stretch are Pachuca and Necaxa. The Tuzos have gone 5-2-1 since a 0-1-3 start that had them in 16th place. Pachuca has outscored its last three opponents 10-3 while moving into seventh place.

The Rayos of Necaxa are the surprise leaders of Liga MX through week 13. Los Electricistas have gone 6-2-1 since a 1-1-2 start, with road wins at Morelia, Querétaro, Monterrey and Guadalajara. The Rayos lead Liga MX with 26 goals and a +10 goal differential. Necaxa can’t let up, however. They return from the FIFA break with a home date against América and still must serve their bye.

Meanwhile, Liga MX powerhouse América has yet to reach full stride, but still find themselves in fourth place. The preseason title favorites have gone 1-5-2 since a 4-1-0 opening month. Injuries and lackluster play have conspired to disrupt the Aguilas chase of a 14th Liga MX title.

Liga MX play resumes with three games on Friday, Oct. 18. No doubt there will be plenty of drama and excitement before we reach the finish line on Sunday, Nov. 24.