Monterrey and Leon will be looking to keep their Liguilla aspirations going when they face off in Liga MX on Saturday at 11pm (UK time).
Hosts Monterrey, managed by former Atletico Madrid boss Javier Aguirre, are currently in the fourth and final automatic play-off spot with just four games left to play. They are four points clear of Leon down in eighth, but the visitors have a game in hand and will be using this matchup as a chance to close the gap and potentially avoid having to go through the ‘reclassification’ route.
Monterrey vs Leon live stream:
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How Liga MX works as the Apertura nears its end
The 2021 Liga MX Apertura ends in just under one month’s time, well the league section of it at least.
Like most leagues in Latin America, the Liga MX is season is split into two tournaments: the Apertura, which runs from July to December, and the Clausura, which runs from January to May. The same 18 teams take part in both tournaments, playing each other once per league with two champions crowned per season.
After every team plays each other once, the top 12 teams continue into the next round, but there is a split. The top four go straight to the Liguilla quarter-finals, which will eventually determine the winner of the league (Apertura or Clausura). However, before that commences, there is the matter of the ‘Reclassification’ stage, with the teams finishing from fifth to 12th battling for a place alongside the top four in the quarter-finals.
The Reclassification matchups are determined by league finish, with fifth played 12th, sixth playing 11th and so on, in one-legged affairs in which the higher-ranked team are given home advantage. The four teams to go through are then re-seeded based on their positions in the table and squared up against the top four, with Seed 1 facing Seed 8 etc over two legs.
Quarter-final 1: Seed 1 v Seed 8
Quarter-final 2: Seed 3 v Seed 6
Quarter-final 3: Seed 2 v Seed 7
Quarter-final 4: Seed 4 v Seed 5
Semi-final 1: Winner of quarter-final 1 vs Winner of quarter-final 2
Semi-final 2: Winner of quarter-final 3 vs Winner of quarter-final 4
Final: Winner of semi-final 1 vs Winner of semi-final 2
Relegation from Liga MX is usually a lot more complicated, with the team to go down determined by computing the points-per-game ratio for each team across the past three seasons (six tournaments when splitting into Apertura and Clausura). The team with the lowest ratio at the end of the Clausura tournament (but before the Liguilla) is relegated. That means a team who finishes in the Liguilla qualification at the end of the Clausura tournament could be relegated, handing their play-off spot to the team below them.
However, relegation was stopped last season after the Ascenso MX folded and despite the Liga de Expansion MX coming in, clubs remain safe from the drop for now – though the bottom three are fined with money being used to the development of lower clubs.
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