Clausura Week 2 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Veracruz vs Atlante (6:00 PM – Univision Deportes)

Relegation-dwelling Atlante missed two penalty kicks in their week 1 clash with León, dooming them to a 1-1 draw. Los Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz played to a 1-1 draw of their own against Jaguares, in a game where they looked outplayed and in which they bunkered after their equalizer rather than pressing for the win. Atlante is desperate for wins and the Tiburones Rojos might sense blood in the water against a team struggling for first-division survival.

Cruz Azul vs Santos (6:00 PM – Univision)

After a dull 0-0 draw with Monterry in week 1, Cruz Azul returns home to battle Santos Laguna in week 2. However, La Máquina will be returning to an empty stadium. After rioting and a field invasion in the Apertura playoffs (video below), Cruz Azul will be playing their first home game of the season behind closed doors. In their first game of the season, Santos drew 1-1 with Chivas de Guadalajara, not a bad result considering they were down a man for 25 minutes after Oswaldo Alanís was ejected. They will try to take advantage of playing Cruz Azul without their 12th man — their fans — and come out of the Estadio Azul with an away win.

Tigres vs Pachuca (8:00 PM – Univision Deportes)

Two of the three teams who lost in week 1 face off in week 2. Tigres suffered a 3-0 mauling at the hands of América, and, as coach “Tuca” Ferreti was not shy to point out, the referees. The one saving grace of Tigres’ loss is that they were playing away. Pachuca, meanwhile, lost 1-0 to Toluca at home, much to the anger of their increasingly disillusioned fans. Neither of these teams wants to start the season off with two straight losses, so expect this one to be a hard-fought contest.

León vs Atlas (9:00 PM – Telemundo)

Both of these teams drew in week 1 in games that featured missed penalty kicks. Reigning champion León had the misses work in their favor, as opponent Atlante missed two penalty kicks in their 1-1 draw, while Atlas was on the other side of things with a missed penalty kick of their own in their 0-0 draw with Tijuana. After letting one relegation-zone team take points off them in week one, León will want to show their championship win was no fluke by putting Atlas to the sword in Saturday’s last game.

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