The Monarcas Morelia vs Atlas match will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:30 PM EDT at the Estadio Morelos. It is part of Week 13, because Morelia rescheduled this match due to missing several national squad players on a FIFA match day. Morelia is fighting for a playoff spot, and will want to take advantage of playing one of the worst teams in the Liga MX. Will Morelia get the three key points?
Morelia – looking for a safety win
A win against Atlas would push Morelia all the way up to the 4th spot in the standings (Morelia currently has 19 points). With only three more matches left after the game against Atlas, Morelia knows that a win against the Guadalajara based team could be the deciding factor whether it makes the playoffs or not. After Atlas, Morelia must face Xolos, Toluca and Santos. No easy points there, Morelia must get the “easy” points against Atlas.
Last week against Queretaro, Morelia struggled to get the win, and only got the three points due to an injury time goal. Before that, Morelia went through a streak of six games where it didn’t win (four draws and two losses). This shows that Morelia, even with 19 points, can be considered to be in quite a rough patch. However, Atlas is the perfect opponent to face when you need to get out of a bad streak.
Atlas – lucky to have Queretaro as relegation opponents
Atlas has just been awful this season, even with Tomas Boy as the new head coach. Just one win this season, eight draws, and four losses. This is a team that for the past two years has simply forgotten how to win, Atlas has racked up an impressive amount of draws (22 draws in the last 47 Liga MX matches). They truly are lucky to have such a terrible relegation opponent; Atlas is three points ahead of Queretaro in the relegation coefficient table.
Atlas has not won a game since Week 2, and has lost three out of the last four matches; Atlas show no signs of getting a surprise win at Morelia. Atlas should just focus on finishing up the season with a couple of extra points, and using the off-season to prepare for the Clausura 2013.
Prediction: The Monarcas Morelia vs Atlas match will be a one-sided affair, with Morelia attacking and Atlas trying to defend. This is the perfect opponent for Morelia, a couple of days after facing and beating the worst team in the Liga MX, it gets to play against the second worst team in the league. Morelia has a chance to earn back to back wins, and key points that can help them obtain a playoff spot. The Monarcas Morelia vs Atlas match will end in a 2-0 win for Morelia.
Television: The Monarcas Morelia vs Atlas game will be televised on Azteca America on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 9:30 PM EDT.