Monterrey in Querétaro date as Tigres, Chivas seek to wrestle top spot: Liga MX Femenil Week 5 Preview

Monterrey in Querétaro date as Tigres, Chivas seek to wrestle top spot: Liga MX Femenil Week 5 Preview
Monterrey will be looking to cement their position at the top of the Liga MX Femenil with a win over Querétaro next Tuesday / © Photo by Azael Rodriguez / Getty Images

Monterrey, who lead the race by virtue of a superior goal difference, welcome 12th placed Querétaro at the Cancha El Barrial next Tuesday.

The pacesetters have banged in 14 goals in their first four matches and will be hungry for another goal feast against Querétaro.

Christina Buckenroad has been on a purple patch this season with four goals to her credit and she will be expected to once again lead the Rayadas quest for goals in this match.

On the other hand, Querétaro have managed just a single win in their first four matches and will be hoping for an unlikely big scalp.

They have managed just a single goal in their first four matches. Their defence has done well in conceding just two goals so far but coach Leonardo Alvarez will be hoping that his strikers will come to the party.

Monterrey are on 12 points whilst Queretaro are on four points.

Meanwhile, second-placed Tigres will be looking to keep the pressure on log leaders Monterrey when they host San Luis at their famed Estadio Universitario.

Carmelina Moscato’s side needed two second half goals to dispatch a determined Toluca on Tuesday night.

Signs of tiredness had been all too clear after the friendly match against Bayern Munich just a few days earlier.

As usual, the fearsome front three of Mia Fishel, Sandra Mayor and Nigerian Uchenna Kanu will be expected to terrorise San Luis defenders.

Tigres are on 12 points whilst San Luis are on six points.

Chivas Guadalajara travel to lowly Toluca on Saturday.

Juan Pablo Guzmán’s side may once again have to do without their injured top scorer Alicia Cervantes. “Licha” as she is popularly known, was stretchered off the pitch in the away victory over Santos Laguna on matchday three and missed the last outing at home to Juarez.

However, Adriana Iturbide will be hoping to receive a clean supply of balls from the maestro Christian Jaramillo.

Toluca is one of four sides in the league who are yet to register a victory after the first four matches.

In other matches, Atlas clash with in-form Juárez in Zapopan on Saturday, the same day Cruz Azul play Pumas UNAM at the Instalaciones La Noria Cancha.

Juárez has won three of their first four matches and will be hoping to add Atlas to their list of casualties.

On Sunday, Puebla and Necaxa, who are both winless so far, will meet in an interesting basement battle at the Estadio Cuauhtémoc in Puebla.

Puebla will be fancying their chances of victory while playing at home.

Tijuana will be looking for their third win this season when they play Mazatlán on Sunday in Tijuana.

Lethal striker Renae Cuéllar smashed a brilliant hattrick in their last match against Puebla and will certainly be confident of continuing with her rich vein of form.

Fourth-placed CF América will be hoping that their on-fire striker Kiana Palacios fires them to victory over Club León in Mexico City on Monday.

Palacios leads the league scoring charts after banging in an impressive nine goals in the first four matches.

Pachuca and Santos Laguna round off proceedings at Estadio Miguel Hidalgo next Tuesday.

Pachuca will be banking on their new signings Vanessa Millsaps and Leyla McFarland to spur them to victory.

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FIXTURES (Saturday): Toluca vs. Guadalajara (00:00); Atlas vs. Juárez (02:05); Cruz Azul vs. UNAM (19:00)

FIXTURES (Sunday): Puebla vs. Necaxa (19:00)

FIXTURES (Monday): Club Tijuana vs. Mazatlán (04:10); América vs. León (22:45)

FIXTURES (Tuesday): Tigres UANL vs. Atlético San Luis (02:00); Pachucha vs. Santos Laguna (03:05); Monterrey vs. Querétaro (04:10)

All times are in Central European Time (CET)