Apertura 2016 Week 14 Preview: Saturday’s Games

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Cruz Azul vs Puebla – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (12th) snatched a 1-1 draw with Morelia last weekend in dramatic fashion, but they will be without the suspended Joao Rojas and Tomás Boy for this one. La Maquina are unbeaten in three overall but they’ve struggled at home as of late with two losses in their last three. They actually have a losing record in the Estadio Azul this season and they will look to change that here. They did lose there in midweek, though, as they fell 1-3 to Querétaro in the Copa MX quarterfinals.

As for Puebla (13th), the Poblanos fell 0-2 to Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to keep them winless in two in league play. They lost in midweek as well, falling 0-2 to Toluca in the Copa MX quarterfinals. Puebla has won two of their last three away games, though, and they’ll look to take advantage of their opponent’s poor home form here. However, they’ll be without the suspended Matías Alustiza for this one.

Querétaro vs América – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (15th) fell 2-1 to Atlas last weekend to keep them winless in four. The Gallos Blancos are unbeaten in two at home, however, and they will look to get back to winning ways in this one. However, they have one of the worst attacking records in the league and are averaging just one goal a game. They need to step up their offensive production if they want to earn a win here, and they did score three in midweek as they beat Cruz Azul 1-3 in the Copa MX quarterfinals.

As for América (5th), the Aguilas beat Tijuana 1-0 last weekend to remain unbeaten in four. They are also unbeaten on the road this season, with two wins and three draws on their travels. América has one of the better goalscoring records in the league and even on the road they’re averaging more than two goals per game. A win here could lift them as high as second in the table, so they will have plenty of motivation to keep their road unbeaten streak alive. They won in midweek as well, with a 3-2 victory against Jaguares in the Copa MX quarterfinals.

Monterrey vs Toluca – 8:00 PM – Univision / Galavision
Monterrey (10th) thumped Jaguares 1-4 last weekend to keep them unbeaten in two. The Rayados are also unbeaten at home this season, but they’ve drawn twice as many games as they’ve won in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer. They’ll look to build on last week’s big win here and Monterrey does have one of the better attacking records in the league, with 22 goals scored to date.

As for Toluca (7th), the Diablos Rojos beat Pumas UNAM 2-1 last weekend to also remain unbeaten at home this season. Toluca has won two of their last three away games as well, and they’ll look to stay in the top eight with another away win here. They also won in midweek, beating Puebla 0-2 in the Copa MX quarterfinals, and they’ll look to carry the momentum over into league play in this one.

León vs Monarcas Morelia – 10:06 PM – Univision Deportes
León (9th) beat Veracruz 2-3 last weekend to give them back-to-back wins and keep them unbeaten in six. Nevertheless, La Fiera are still just outside the playoff places and they’ll look to move into the top eight with another win here. They’ll be without coach Javier Torrente, however, as he is suspended for this one. León has only lost at home once this season and they’ll look to make full use of their home-field advantage against a struggling opponent.

As for Monarcas Morelia (14th), the michoacanos gave up a stoppage-time equalizer to draw 1-1 with Cruz Azul last weekend. That draw ended a three-game losing streak but still kept Morelia winless in four. Their recent poor run of form has seen them glued to last place in the relegation standings and they need to get back to winning ways sooner rather than later. They have the second-best attacking record in the league, but they also have the leakiest defense, having conceded 27 goals to date.

Necaxa vs Veracruz – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (8th) beat Tigres UANL 0-2 last weekend to give them back-to-back wins and keep them unbeaten in eight. The Rayos have looked strong in their return to the first division and they’ll look to remain in the playoff places with another win here. They’re unbeaten at home in the Estadio Victoria this season and they’ll want to keep that streak alive.

As for Veracruz (16th), the Tiburones Rojos fell 2-3 to León last weekend to extend their losing streak to five games. Veracruz also has yet to win on the road this season, with two draws and four losses on their travels. A porous defense, averaging two goals against per game, has not helped matters, and the Tiburones are hovering near the foot of both the league and the relegation standings. They need to snap their losing streak ASAP but this will not be an easy match to do so in.

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