Liga MX

Foreseen Jornada Seventeen

The final weekend of the Liga MX season has arrived.  Serious musical chair action awaits as five open Liguilla seats remain as ten teams meander in a melodic march. The first aid kit will be needed as five teams end up bruised and battered on the floor. This trial by combat will certainly result in some heads (coaches) being chopped off but the real carnage will be in a different battle all together.

On the Brink: The Final Two

The end is upon us. Two teams remain in the relegation fight with just two weeks remaining. Chivas and Veracruz long ago excused themselves from this battle and recently mathematically confirmed their safety. Puebla has found themselves on the bottom for some time. Their fight can't be questioned; their quality is highly questionable. Puebla continue to drop chances for attainable points. With two games left, their fate is truly on a razor's edge.

On the Brink: Week 11-12

Another week ... another crushing loss for Puebla.

Puebla looked to be poised for a fight with a first minute goal in the Estadio Olimpico. That fight died a slow death over the course of the remaining 89 minutes. Pumas slowly gained control of the match and took the 2-1 victory. Puebla's second consecutive loss ensured them bottom of the relegation table status. They remain the heavy favorite to be relegated at this point.

On the Brink: Week 10-11

The table has turned, quite literally.

Leones Negros continued their improbable run of solid play with a win over Morelia on Friday night (that was quite probable). The win pushed Leones Negros above Puebla and Chivas in the relegation table.   I've long pointed out how just a few wins could push Leones Negros out of the dreaded last spot. This has now come to pass.

On the Brink: Week 9-10

It's getting real.

The margins are narrowing. The gaps are shrinking. The race is well and truly on.

This four team** battle looked to be tight at the beginning of the season; it is no different now. Well, there is one difference. There is less and less time for separation to form.

Veracruz has made it perfectly clear that they have no intention of being in this race. They are nearly out of it, and their form indicates they are not in danger of relegation. Still, crazier things have happened. The Tiburones Rojos are not yet safe.

On the Brink: Week 8-9

Relegation battles normally consist of the lesser teams in the league. The teams are generally struggling to scrap together any semblance of form or possible points. Mexico's system of relegation allows for some wiggle room with this situation. Mexican teams find themselves in relegation trouble more often from their past than their present. Three years can encompass a whole mess of crap play from crap players. All four of our relegation contenders have a recent past of something between mediocrity and pure swill.

On the Brink: Week 7-8

Puebla began the weekend for the fearful four with its second consecutive win. They had the low-hanging fruit of facing Monarcas in Morelia. Despite Morelia netting an early goal, Puebla plucked the said fruit with a pair of goals on each side of the halftime break. There's nothing like a relegation fight to get the most out of a team. This battle now has Puebla in rarified territory. If the Liguilla started today, Puebla would actually be participating. Craziness.

On the Brink: Week 6-7

Expectations were largely met once again this week. Our relegation contenders were met with predictable circumstances and received predictable outcomes. Leones Negros traveled to Guanajuato to face Leon. They predictably lost. Leones Negros continued their run of form and find themselves on the bottom of the relegation table.

On the Brink: Week 5-6

Generally speaking, sports are not the easiest to predict. Low-scoring sports like soccer are even more volatile. One errant pass or one stunning shot could catapult a lowly team over a juggernaut. The Mexican variety of soccer tends to be exceptionally erratic in an already unpredictable sport. Between the penchant of Liga MX officials to use the red card and the widespread talent pool results have the tendency to equate to a lottery.

On the Brink: Week 4-5

Four weeks have passed in the Clausura. It's still terribly early to sort out which team will be heading down to the Ascenso. Yet,  there is now some separation. We have our first real distance forming in the race. There are clues as to where this might just be headed. It's just the beginning, but it's clear which teams have the real heavy lifting in front of them.

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