Apertura 2016 Week 5 Preview: Sunday’s Games

liga mxToluca vs Tigres UANL – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Toluca (11th) beat Pachuca 2-0 last weekend to earn their first win of the season in their first “home” game of the season (due to renovations of the Estadio Nemesio Diez, the game was played at the Estadio Alberto Chivo Córdoba). They will look to keep that winning streak alive as they once again play at the Alberto Córdoba, but they will be on short rest after having had an away game in midweek in the Copa MX, a 1-1 draw with Lobos BUAP.

As for Tigres UANL (4th), the universitarios beat Jaguares de Chipas 1-0 last weekend to keep them unbeaten this season. Tigres have won two in a row, including their last road game, and they have the best defense in the league after having posted four consecutive shutouts to start the season. Their own attack has just recently come to life with four goals in two games after none in their first two, and they will look to keep the likes of André-Pierre Gignac and Javier Aquino scoring in this one.

Jaguares de Chiapas vs Veracruz – 6:00 PM – Galavision
Jaguares de Chiapas (16th) fell 1-0 to Tigres last weekend to keep them winless on the road. Jaguares did win their last home game, though, and they will look to get back to winning ways in this one. However, Jaguares have scored just once this season while enduring three shutouts, and they can’t win if they can’t score. They will be more rested than their opponent, though, as Jaguares had no midweek commitments.

As for Veracruz (15th), the Tiburones Rojos saw a two-goal lead turn into a 2-4 loss to América last weekend, due in no small part to the two red cards Veracruz received. Fernando Meneses and Adrián Luna will be suspended for this one as a result, and Veracruz is winless on the road this season. They did win in the Copa MX in midweek, with a 4-1 thumping of Santos Laguna.

Santos Laguna vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 7:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Santos Laguna (17th) drew 0-0 with Puebla last weekend to remain winless this season. The draw wasn’t a bad result for the Laguneros, though, considering that they finished that match with a defender in goal due to an injury to Agustín Marchesín after all their subs had been used. Of concern for Santos is the lack of goals at the other end; they’ve been shutout in three of their four games to date. They also suffered a heavy loss in the Copa MX in midweek, falling 4-1 to Veracruz.

As for Chivas de Guadalajara (12th), el Rebaño drew 0-0 with Querétaro last weekend to keep them unbeaten at home but winless in two this season. Chivas has yet to earn any points on the road, where they have suffered two shutout losses. Like Santos, goals have come hard for Chivas this season; they’ve only scored once. They failed to score in midweek as well as they played out a 0-0 draw with Cafetaleros in the Copa MX.

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