It has been a busy summer of football, but in only little over a week, Liga MX action will resume. Last season, we saw rivalries, controversy, and a drama filled final with Pachuca being the ultimate champion of the 2016 Clausura over Monterrey.
There has been a lot of things that went down in the offseason, so here are three predictions heading into the first week of Liga MX football…
Pachuca will not repeat
Just like in the previous season, there will be no repeat here for the title holders. Pachuca will have a dangerous team, but the target is going to be on their back heading into this season.
One of the biggest reasons for this is the potential loss of youngster winger, Hirving Lozano, who looks to be in talks with Manchester United.
Pachuca will still have a lot of talent on the field, but the loss of Lozano will be a huge spot to fill. That is why Pachuca will not repeat in the Apertura as champion.
Necaxa will hold their own
The historic team finally returns to the Mexican first division. It has been several years since they went down to Ascenso MX, but the three-time Liga MX champion got their way back to top flight football.
The prediction here, though, is that they will not fair like previously promoted teams (Leones Negros, Dorados de Sinaloa). Of course, I do not see them making the playoffs right away, but I also do not see them struggling mightily to keep their heads above water.
Necaxa will be a great addition to the league, and they also will be coming in with a recent Copa América champion in Edson Puch.
Don’t sleep on Necaxa, because the once great club will not be a push over by any means.
Club América makes the final
It has been two consecutive seasons that Club América has been bounced out in the semifinal…and to make matters worse, in controversial fashion. Although they will be losing Darío Benedetto, they do keep their core heading into the new season, while adding Ecuadorian winger, Renato Ibarra.
They might not dominate from the start, but once the playoffs begin, keep an eye on Club América. There is a lot of unfinished work that they want to tackle, and correct what went wrong in the previous two seasons in la Liguilla.
I have a feeling that the current CONCACAF Champions will have a lot of time to focus now that they will only have to worry about Liga MX action.