In week 15 of the Liga MX Clausura 2017, Atlas will host Pachuca at the Estadio Jalisco this Saturday, April 22, 2017 (5:00 PM Pacific). Both teams are contending for a playoff spot and could use the three points from the game.
Atlas has been surprisingly exceeding expectations this tournament, currently in seventh place with 20 points. The ‘rojinegros’ have not lost in their last four games, obtaining three draws and a win in this run. The three draws all came against solid teams in the playoff hunt, tying to Pumas UNAM, Xolos of Tijuana and Santos Laguna.
Jose Guadalupe Cruz has counted with a potent strike force led by Matias Alustiza who has six goals. A pleasant surprise for the ‘zorros’ has been Martin Barragan who is among the top Mexican-born goalscorers in the league with five goals. Atlas has a rigid team and is especially dangerous when playing at home and should present a tough task for Pachuca.
Pachuca has been an intriguing team this tournament, currently in eighth place with 20 points. The ‘tuzos’ have failed to score in five consecutive league games, having a league-low 11 goals scored. While the offense has been inconsistent, the defense has led Pachuca to success this Clausura, only conceding 11 goals. Diego Alonso’s side did score in its last game, drawing 1-1 to Tigres UANL in the final of the CONCACAF Champions League.
The goal came very early in the encounter and it was scored by the defender, Raul Lopez. Players like Hirving Lozano and Franco Jara will need to step up in these last few games to help Pachuca keep its playoff aspirations alive. The match should be an intense one with both teams needing the win to push for the playoffs.
How to Watch Atlas vs Pachuca
The Atlas vs Pachuca match will be broadcast this Saturday, April 22 at 5:00 PM Pacific:
TV Schedule: Azteca America
Watch Live Online: Sling TV (Watch 7 Days Free)