Following the break for the World Cup qualifiers the sixteenth round of the Clausura season promises to be an exciting one with two clásicos providing the highlights.
The first clásico of the weekend is the clásico de las colonias between Unión Española and Audax Italiano will takes place at the Estadio Santa Laura on Saturday night. Apart from the obvious bragging rights, the match is of vital importance to both teams. For los italianos they will be looking to consolidate a top three position whilst their rivals, who have lost their last two matches will want to get all three points for a chance to make the playoffs.
Sunday afternoon sees the second biggest clásico on the Chilean football calendar as Universidad de Chile host Universidad Católica in the clásico universitario which also doubles as the re-match between the two teams that fought it out for the Apertura title. This time around los azules have top spot already wrapped up whilst los cruzados will be looking to consolidate their spot in the top eight.
Another match to watch out for is the clash between Cobreloa and La Serena, who sit second and fifth on the table respectively and will be looking to lock in their positions come the playoffs. At the other end of the table the clash between Universidad de Concepción and Santiago Morning is very important in terms of the relegation battle as they are only separated by goal difference with only Ñublense below on the table. The match between Unión San Felipe and Cobresal is also very important with a loss to either team meaning they could be dragged into a relegation fight.
Primera Division Campeonato de Clausura 2011, sixteenth round