Apertura 2016 Week 13 Preview: Saturday’s Games

liga mxJaguares de Chiapas vs Monterrey – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Jaguares de Chiapas (18th) fell 1-0 to Pumas UNAM last time out to end a two-game unbeaten streak and keep them winless in nine. Jaguares have in fact won just once this season, and they also have the league’s worst goalscoring record with only six goals in 12 games. They’ve been shutout in an astonishing eight games and have scored just twice in their last six. Anything less than a win here will keep them in last – and they could stay there even with a win – but with Jaguares slipping down the relegation standings, they’re running out of time to turn things around.

As for Monterrey (13th), the Rayados drew 1-1 with América last time out to keep them winless in two. Monterrey has a four-game road winless streak going, which they will look to end here. The Rayados haven’t been nearly as dominant as they were last season, but they have all the pieces and they need to get things together to make the playoffs. They’ll look to get back on track against the league’s basement dwellers in this one.

Tigres UANL vs Necaxa – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL (2nd) fell 3-2 to León last time out to end their season-long unbeaten streak. The universitarios are still unbeaten at home, however, and they will look to get back to winning ways in the Volcán. Tigres still have the best defensive record in the league despite the loss, with just seven goals allowed, and they will look to post another clean sheet in this one.

As for Necaxa (8th), the Rayos beat Toluca 3-1 last time out to remain unbeaten in seven. They’re unbeaten in three on the road as well, although they have just one away win this season. Nevertheless, they’ve overcome some early goalscoring struggles to climb steadily up the table and they will want to remain in playoff position with another win here. They will hope to catch Tigres reeling from the loss of their unbeaten streak and hand them their first home loss of the season in the process.

Monarcas Morelia vs Cruz Azul – 8:00 PM – Azteca America
Monarcas Morelia (11th) fell 2-1 to Chivas de Guadalajara last time out to extend their losing streak to three games – and give them four losses in their last five. Morelia is also in the midst of a three-game home losing streak, and their poor run of form has left them anchored to the foot of the relegation standings. La Monarquía need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible if they want to strengthen their position in the Tabla de Cociente. To do so, they’ll need to improve defensively as they’ve conceded a league-high 26 goals to date.

As for Cruz Azul (10th), La Máquina beat Veracruz 5-3 last time out to emphatically end a two-game winless streak. They are unbeaten on the road this season, but they have just one win on their travels, drawing five of their six road games. They’ll look to start turning draws into wins here as they look to move into the top eight and the playoff places.

Atlas vs Querétaro – 8:00 PM – TV Delay: 10:00 PM – Azteca America
Atlas (14th) fell 1-0 to Tijuana last time out to keep them winless on the road this season. The Rojinegros have been doing quite a bit better at home, however, where they are unbeaten this season (three wins and three draws). They’ll look to keep that streak alive here, which they will need to do to avoid being leapfrogged by their opponent.

As for Querétaro (15th), the Gallos Blancos drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last time out to keep them winless in three. They’re also winless on the road this season, with two draws and four losses. Querétaro will look for their first away win in this one, but they’ll need to step up their attack in order to get it. The Gallos are averaging just a goal a game and less than that on their travels.

Pachuca vs Santos Laguna – 8:06 PM – NBC Universo
Pachuca (3rd) drew 1-1 with Puebla last time out to keep them unbeaten in four. The Tuzos are also unbeaten at home this season, with four wins and two draws, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways in this one. They have the best attacking record in the league, averaging two goals per game, and they also have one of the better defensive records. They need to win here to keep pace with Tijuana and Tigres at the top of the table.

As for Santos Laguna (17th), the Laguneros drew 1-1 with Querétaro last time out to remain winless in three. Santos is also winless on the road this season, with two draws and four losses, and they’re averaging less than a goal a game on their travels. Santos needs to pick up at least one point here to ensure they’ll remain out of last place, but that might be easier said than done against one of the best home teams in the league.

América vs Tijuana – 10:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
América (6th) drew 1-1 with Monterrey last time out to keep them unbeaten in three but with just one win in that span. The Águilas have been very inconsistent at home this season, with an equal number of wins and losses, and they have just one victory in their last five home games. They are tied for the third-best attacking record in the league, but they also have the fourth-worst defensive record, having allowed 20 goals to date. Now they’re facing off against the superlíder as they look to get back on track in the Azteca.

As for Tijuana (1st), the Xolos beat Atlas 1-0 last time out to extend their winning streak to three games and their unbeaten streak to ten. They are also unbeaten on the road in five. Tijuana cannot be knocked out of first place this weekend even with a loss, but they’ll be looking to increase their lead at the top with another win. The Xolos have the second-best attacking record in the league as well as the second-best defensive record, and they’ll look to take advantage of an inconsistent América in this one.

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