Seven out of eight places in the Liguilla may have already been decided but there's still plenty to play for in the last week of the Liga MX regular season.
The really big crux for teams already qualified is the question of where will they finish in the league table. Though away goals count in the playoffs, a draw can also be decided by where the teams finish in the table. Santos Laguna and Chivas will be battling it out for who can have a chance at breaking into the top four.
Luis Zubeldia has done an excellent job implementing his playing style since taking over, and after several small hiccups in the beginning of the season, Santos Laguna finally look like a team that can do damage in the playoffs. A run of only two defeats in ten matches has been enough to propel Santos into the elite eight in Mexico.
But the Guerreros might have their work cut out with Chivas. The Rebaño Sagrado have quite simply been one of the best Liga MX sides in recent weeks, playing at the heights of a playoff worthy team. Matias Almeyda's side have not lost in six straight league matches, and they will surely look to keep their stunning form going into the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the two teams just below Chivas in the league table will meet on Saturday for a legitimate chance at becoming the last team qualified to the Liguilla. The wheels seemed to have come off for both Tigres and Cruz Azul, but a glimmer of hope remains for their seasons as a win by either team would be enough to send one of them through to the playoffs.
Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti takes his side to the Estadio Azul with just one win in their last seven league matches. The current Liga MX champions have been underwhelming, and their last win away from home came in late February when they hammered Club America 4-1 at the Estadio Azteca
Cruz Azul, on the other hand, did well to beat Toluca 2-0 last week, but before that, the Cementeros went winless in four straight games. Coach Tomas Boy looked to have lost the plot earlier in the season, but in a winner take all scenario to end the regular season, he could very much be leading his team into the playoffs.
Finally, one of the games to end the week will be the Clasico Capitalino between Pumas UNAM and Club America. The Univeristarios arrive to this game on the back of reaching the quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores, and will undoubtedly have their eyes set on their first leg encounter against Independiente del Valle.
But Pumas have some hope of reaching the Liguilla as a draw between Tigres and Cruz Azul combined with a win on Sunday would be enough to propel Guillermo Vazquez's side into the top eight. While it seems highly unlikely, the Liga MX has a habit of making fans expect the unexpected.
The intense rivalry, however, will also play in important role in this, and Club America will not want to lose against one of their most hated rivals. Las Aguilas are one of the favorites for the title and a win here would seal them a second place finish towards the Liguilla.
Below, you can find the full list of games and their time.
Week 17 Schedule (all times ET)
Veracruz vs. Morelia - Friday, 8:30 p.m., Univision Deportes Network and Univision Deportes En Vivo(Streaming) and fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription)
Santos Laguna vs. Chivas - Friday, 10:30 p.m., TV Azteca
Cruz Azul vs. Tigres - Saturday, 6 p.m., Univision and Univision Deportes Network and Univision Deportes En Vivo(Streaming) and fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription)
Monterrey vs. Toluca - Saturday, 8 p.m., Univision Deportes Network and Univision Deportes En Vivo(Streaming) and fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription)
Pachuca vs. Chiapas- Saturday, 9:06 p.m., NBC Universo
Atlas vs. Tijuana - Saturday, 9:30 p.m., TV Azteca
Dorados vs. Leon - Saturday, 10 p.m., Estrella TV and ESPN Deportes
Pumas UNAM vs. Club America - Sunday, 1 p.m., Univision and Univision Deportes Network and Univision Deportes En Vivo(Streaming) and fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription)
Puebla vs. Queretaro - Sunday, 6 p.m., Unimas and Univision Deportes Network and Univision Deportes En Vivo(Streaming) and fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription)