Morelia, Mexico, Nov 1 (EFE).- Morelia will square off on Friday against Tigres UANL in a much-anticipated Matchday 15 contest in the Mexican soccer league's Apertura championship.
The game at Morelos Stadium between the seventh-place Monarcas and the eighth-place Tigres has major playoff implications with just three regular-season games remaining.
Morelia has moved into the eight-team playoff zone after three straight wins in October over Leon, Puebla and Guadalajara and will try to maintain its momentum against a competitive but inconsistent rival.
"It's the most important match because we need to win to validate our three previous victories. We're at home and we want the three points. We plan on seeking out the win with a good strategy," head coach Roberto Hernandez said.
The Tigres have been weak in defense in allowing eight goals in their past three Apertura games but will be looking to be more organized in their back line and use that greater solidity as a springboard for their attack, led by French forward Andre-Pierre Gignac.
In other Friday night Apertura action, 11th-place Puebla will host 12th-place Guadalajara in a game between two teams that are on the outside looking in but still are in the running for a playoff berth.
On Saturday, ninth-place Pachuca will host 15th-place Necaxa, league-leading Club America will receive fifth-place Toluca, sixth-place Monterrey will welcome last-place Veracruz and 16th-place Lobos BUAP will host 14th-place Tijuana.
On Sunday, third-place Cruz Azul will face fourth-place Pumas UNAM; Clausura 2018 champion Santos Laguna, which holds the second spot, will go on the road to play 10th-place Queretaro; and 17th-place Atlas will host 13th-place Leon.