Clausura 2017 Week 4 Preview: Saturday’s Games

liga mxQuerétaro vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (16th) drew 0-0 with Puebla last weekend to keep the Gallos Blancos winless this season. They’re also goalless after enduring three straight shutouts to start the season. On the other hand, their defense has been quite good with just one goal allowed. They need to score if they want to win, though, and they’ll look to get their season on track when they return home to La Corregidora for this one.

As for Chivas de Guadalajara (9th), el Rebaño fell 0-1 to Tijuana last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. They are still unbeaten on the road, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning away against a struggling Querétaro side in this one. They couldn’t win in midweek either, though, where they needed a stoppage-time goal to salvage a 1-1 draw with Atlante in the Copa MX.

Atlas vs Monarcas Morelia – 8:00 PM – Azteca America
Atlas (15th) fell 1-0 to Veracruz last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. The Rojinegros are unbeaten at home, though, where they earned a win in their lone league outing at the Estadio Jalisco to date. They will look to get back to winning ways in this one when they return to the Jalisco, but they have had some trouble finding the net this season and are averaging just one goal a game. They failed to score in midweek as well, where they fell 1-0 to Puebla in the Copa MX.

As for Monarcas Morelia (6th), La Monarquía drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to keep them unbeaten this season but also winless in two. Morelia is still sitting at the bottom of the relegation standings, despite their three-game unbeaten run, and they need to start winning again sooner rather than later. Like Atlas, they’ve had some trouble scoring; on the other hand, they have one of the league’s best defensive records with just one goal allowed.

Monterrey vs León – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monterrey (7th) drew 2-2 with Cruz Azul last weekend to remain unbeaten this season but also winless in two. The Rayados have yet to win at home after a draw in their lone league outing at the BBVA Bancomer, and they’ll look for a victory in front of their home fans in this one. Monterrey has one of the best attacking records in the league and they’ve scored 2+ goals in every game so far. They scored in midweek as well as they beat FC Juárez 0-1 in the Copa MX.

As for León (14th), La Fiera fell 0-1 to Pumas UNAM last weekend to keep them winless at home this season. They’ve had better luck on the road, where they earned a victory in their lone away game to date, and they’ll look to replicate that feat against Monterrey. They also earned an away win in midweek, when they dispatched Zacatepec 1-3 in the Copa MX. However, León’s defensive record is not the best and they’ll be facing a strong attacking side in this one.

Pachuca vs Toluca – 8:06 PM – NBC Universo
Pachuca (3rd) fell 1-0 to Necaxa last weekend to end their perfect start to the season. The Tuzos are still unbeaten at home, however, and they haven’t lost in the Estadio Hidalgo in league play in more than a calendar year. Pachuca will be without suspended coach Diego Alonso for this one, but they’ll look to get back to winning ways regardless.

As for Toluca (2nd), the Diablos Rojos fell 0-1 to Jaguares de Chiapas last weekend to end their perfect start to the season. Toluca will now be taking to the road for the first time in the Clausura and it will be against a team that’s very good at home. They were inconsistent on the road last season, with a 3-3-3 record, but they’ll look to reclaim first in the table with a victory in this one.

América vs Veracruz – 10:00 PM – Univision
América (18th) fell 4-2 to Tigres UANL last weekend to remain winless this season. Both of the Águilas’ losses have come on the road, though, and they will look for their first victory when they host this game at the Estadio Azteca. Last place is not a familiar place for América, and although they have a game in hand, they will not want to languish there any longer. They’ve scored in all of their games to date, but defense – like last season – had been an issue.

As for Veracruz (5th), the Tiburones Rojos beat Atlas 1-0 last weekend to remain unbeaten at home this season. They have yet to win on the road, though, and the pressure is on to keep picking up the points due to their delicate positioning in the relegation fight. They will also be less-rested than their opponent as Veracruz was active in the Copa MX in midweek, where they earned a 1-1 draw with Celaya.

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