Clausura 2017 Week 1 Preview: Sunday’s Games

liga mxToluca vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Toluca finished 10th in the Apertura season, missing out on the playoffs by two points and two places. The Diablos Rojos spent last season playing their “home” games in the Estadio Alberto “Chivo” Córdoba and they will start this season there as well, although renovations to the Estadio Nemesio Diez are nearing completion. Toluca had a six-game unbeaten streak at their home-away-from-home in the Apertura before suffering a pair of late losses to close the season. They’ll look to get the Clausura started on the front foot with a win here.

As for Atlas, the Rojinegros finished 15th in the Apertura and will look to turn things around here. Atlas struggled on the road in particular, where they failed to win a single game last season. They also struggled for goals last season, with the fourth-lowest goals total in the league. Picking up a good result here would go a long way towards setting the tone for the rest of the season.

Puebla vs Monterrey – 7:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla finished 12th in the Apertura season and will be looking for a better finish here. They are also keeping a close eye on the relegation standings, where they are currently 15th. Although they have something of a buffer between themselves and the bottom three, it’s not a large enough buffer for the Poblanos to get complacent. They ended last season with a three-game winless streak as well as a four-game home winless streak, and they will not want that poor run of form to carry over into the Clausura.

As for Monterrey, the Rayados finished 9th in the Apertura and just missed out on the playoffs, a disappointing finish considering they had reached the final the season before that. Monterrey will be looking to rebound with a strong Clausura and an away win would be just the way to start the season. The Rayados had the second-best attacking record in the league last season, although they had a mixed road record with three wins, two draws, and four losses.

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