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Liga MX Liguilla: Rivalry Edition

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Orbelin Pineda of Guadalajara vies for the ball with Rubens Sambueza of America during their Mexican Clausura 2016 tournament football match at Chivas stadium on March 13, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico. / AFP / Hector_Guerrero

It’s been a long season, but we are now on the way to what could be the most anticipated first round of the Liga MX playoffs in years. The talent from 1-8 is through the roof, and we will be seeing two huge rivalries in the first stages of the playoffs. It won’t get much better than this for even the most casual of Liga MX fans.

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(1) Monterrey vs (8) Tigres

Tigres, the reigning champs, have not had the most successful of seasons, but they finished in the last spot for the Liguilla in Liga MX. Anything can happen now despite the poor performances in the regular season.

Tigres will have their hands full, as rivals Monterrey ran away in the regular season with 37 points (seven more than second place). However, this is the Clásico Regio which means there will be no easy games, even if Monterrey finished first in the regular season.

These two will face off in the first leg on Wednesday, May 11.

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(2) Pachuca vs (7) Santos Laguna

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The white hot offense of Pachuca has been a revelation this season in Liga MX. The young core of the team have led them to second in the league, but they will be coming up against another strong team in Santos Laguna.

Santos did end the season on a sour note with a loss to Chivas at home. Yet, like mentioned before, once the playoffs start, it’s a whole new game.

The first leg will be on Wednesday, May 11.

(3) Club León vs (6) Monarcas Morelia

Club León was on cruise control for the most part of this season, and they landed in a very favorable position for the playoffs. Their foe, Morelia, had one of the most surprising of seasons and pose a major threat to León in these quarterfinals.

Morelia got the best of León in the regular season with a 2-1 victory. However, that was in week 5 and much has changed. Either way, these two will have one great battle for the semifinals.

The first leg will be on Thursday, May 12.

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(4) Club América vs (5) Chivas

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Is there a more exciting quarterfinal matchup than the Súper Clásico? I don’t think so. A revamped Chivas squad has been on fire heading into the playoffs, and they will be going up against none other than their biggest rivals Club América.

Club América’s season wasn’t perfect by any sense, but they are now the current CONCACAF Champions and that confidence will be a huge help in their hopes against their most fierce of competition. Club Amércia did beat Chivas at home, 2-1. However, that was back in week 11, right before Chivas’ surge of major victories.

Mark this one down, because it will be must watch action. The first leg will be on Thursday, May 12.

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