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Liga MX Week 16 Preview: Liguilla places up for grabs

Only two weeks remain in the regular season. Take a look at some of the Apertura's most promising storylines heading into Week 16.

Teams can clinch a Liguilla place

It is hard not to get fired up with only two weeks left in the regular season. For several teams, there's never been a better time to seal their place in the playoffs.

For Leon and Club America, a draw is enough. Meanwhile Toluca is in with a win.

It won't be a dramatic finish for these teams, but their weekend matches represent a nice opportunity to seal the deal early and start picking up momentum heading into the Liguilla.

Tough tests for teams still looking for a place

It is starting to get ugly in Monterrey after it was reporter that Dorlan Pabon and Neri Cardozo got into a scuffle in Wednesday's training. Los Rayados are still squarely in the fight for a playoff spot, but this weekend's match pins them against the aforementioned Club America.

Las Aguilas won't be a pushover and a defeat would be a pretty strong sign that maybe Antonio Mohamed's tactics are not working. The team spent millions during the summer and not reaching the playoffs for a second consecutive season would be considered an embarrassment.

Also right in the thick of the chase for a playoff spot is Queretaro. Victor Manuel Vucetich's side is chugging along and is only two points away from eighth place Veracruz. The club have lost only once in their last six league games, but go up against the league leaders Pumas UNAM.

The rise of Chivas?

Watching Chivas lift the Copa MX trophy on Wednesday has to be one of the more fascinating stories of the season. After only two months, Matias Almeyda has the Rebaño Sagrado playing an adventurous brand of attacking futbol and now has a title to show for it.

Usually, that sort of truimph does wonders to a team's impetus, and on Saturday, Chivas return to league action take on bottom-dwellers Dorados de Sinaloa. For Chivas, every game from now on is a meaningful one in the playoff race. That means we can expect Chivas to come out of the gates firing.

With a game in hand, Saturday should give us a better idea of whether we can expect Chivas to finish in the top-8. But after winning the Copa MX, there's no way we can count out Chivas just yet.