In what should be an intense direct relegation match in week 9 of the Liga MX Clausura 2017, Monarcas Morelia will host Veracruz at the Estadio Morelos this Saturday, March 4, 2017 (5:00 PM Pacific). Morelia is only two points behind Veracruz on the relegation table, so it should be one of the best matches of this week.
Morelia is in deep waters and seems to be the favorite to descend in the tight relegation race this season. Only 10 points separate Morelia in last and Cruz Azul in 15th on the relegation table, so the race is tight this season. The Monarchs have only won one game in their last seven matches, but did achieve a shocking result last week drawing 1-1 to Tigres UANL away from home. What separates other relegation sides from Morelia is that the Estadio Morelos has not been a fortress for ‘la monarquia’ this tournament.
The team from Michoacán is coming from two straight defeats at the Estadio Morelos to America and Toluca. Dropping points at home could prove to be the Monarcas downfall this tournament, especially if they do so in this crucial game. The main players to look out for on Monarcas Morelia are the Peruvian combo of Andy Polo and Raul Ruidiaz who provide the team a lot of options going forward.
Veracruz has been great at the Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente, but has not done so great away from home. The ‘tiburones rojos’ have lost all four games away from home in this Clausura 17, while winning three and losing one game at home. One of the games at home for Veracruz was a crucial 2-0 victory over Chiapas, a direct relegation opponent. The ‘jarochos’ will look to repeat a performance like that in this critical game against Morelia.
Carlos Reinoso is the right man for the job as the head coach of Veracruz, inspiring the players and leading the team to favorable results. The ‘tiburones’ showed true grit in their 1-0 loss to Pachuca last week, almost coming away with a point from the Estadio Hidalgo. Goalkeeper, Meliton Hernandez, who has been great this tournament with 33 saves, made a terrible mistake that cost Veracruz the game.
Meliton and the entire Veracruz side will need to be in top form to get a favorable result in this match, away from the Luis Pirata Fuente. The match should prove to be one of the best of the week, with both teams with a lot to gain from the three points of the match.
How to Watch Morelia vs Veracruz
The Morelia vs Veracruz match will be broadcast this Saturday, March 4 at 5:00 PM Pacific:
TV Schedule: Azteca America
Watch Online: Sling TV (Watch 7 Days Free)