Clausura 2017 Week 2 Preview: Saturday’s Games

liga mxQuerétaro vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (15th) fell 1-0 to Veracruz last weekend. The Gallos Blancos will now look for their first win of the season when they return home to La Corregidora in this one. Querétaro was fairly hard to beat at home last season, with just two losses on their own turf. However, they also drew as many games as they won there. The Gallos will look for a stronger showing this season, especially as they are lower than they would like to be in the Tabla de Cociente.

As for Monarcas Morelia (3rd), the michoacanos picked up a 2-0 victory over Tijuana last weekend, but even so they are still at the foot of the relegation standings. Morelia needs to keep winning and keep the momentum up as they look to avoid the drop. They had mixed results on the road last season, with two wins, three losses, and three draws, and they’ll look to improve on that here.

Atlas vs Tigres UANL – 8:00 PM – Azteca America
Atlas (18th) fell 4-1 to Toluca last weekend, a lopsided scoreline that was no doubt influenced by the first-half sending off of Luis Robles. The Rojinegros will now look to put that result behind them as they return home to the Estadio Jalisco. Atlas was unbeaten there last season, with four wins and four draws, and they’ll look to keep that streak alive into the Clausura.

As for Tigres UANL (9th), the universitarios drew 0-0 with Santos Laguna last weekend. They also lost young midfielder Luis Martínez to a season-ending knee injury. The reigning champions didn’t field a full squad last weekend due to the short turnaround between the Apertura final and the start of the Clausura. With the regulars now ready to go, Tigres will look for their first win of the season here.

Monterrey vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monterrey (4th) beat Puebla 2-3 last weekend with a late penalty. The Rayados will now look to make it back-to-back victories when they return home to the Estadio BBVA Bancomer for this one. Monterrey was unbeaten at home last season, but they had more draws (five) than wins (three) there. The Rayados will look to remain unbeaten but also increase their winning percentage in front of their home fans.

As for Chivas de Guadalajara (5th), el Rebaño beat Pumas 2-1 last weekend. They haven’t lost at home to Pumas in 34 years, the longest such existing streak in Mexican soccer. They also looked dangerous in that game with a reworked attack after they had one of the poorer goalscoring records last season. Chivas had a pretty good road record last season, with four wins, one draw, and three losses, and they will look for their second win of the season here.

Pachuca vs Jaguares de Chiapas – 8:06 PM – NBC Universo
Pachuca (2nd) beat León 2-4 last weekend thanks to a hat-trick from Hirving Lozano, and they will look to pick up from where they left off in this game. They will be without Franco Jara, however, who was suspended for “deceiving the referee” after he was granted a questionable penalty kick. Nevertheless, the Tuzos were unbeaten at home last season and they’ll look to extend that streak in this one.

As for Jaguares de Chiapas, they did not play last weekend as their Jornada 1 match against América was rescheduled for February. Jaguares endured a terrible Apertura season, where they finished dead last with just two wins and only nine goals. Now in serious relegation danger, Jaguares need to improve as quickly as possible, especially after the two teams below them in the Tabla de Cociente both won last weekend.

Necaxa vs León – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (14th) fell 1-0 to Cruz Azul last weekend and they will now look for their first win of the season when they return home to the Estadio Victoria. The Rayos were unbeaten at home last season, with four wins and four draws, and they’ll look to keep that streak alive here. Necaxa also had one of the better defensive records last season, and they never allowed more than two goals in a game. If they can score one of their own this week, they’ll like their chances of getting a positive result.

As for León (16th), La Fiera fell 2-4 to Pachuca last weekend and will be looking to put that loss out of their minds with a win in this one. León had mixed results on the road last season, losing four in a row before rallying to go unbeaten in their final five away games (three wins and two draws). León started slow last season, with four losses in their first five, and they will not want to repeat that here.

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