Clausura 2017 Week 5 Preview: Friday’s Games

liga mxPuebla vs Atlas – 8:30 PM – TV Delay: 9:30 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (18th) fell 2-0 to Santos Laguna last weekend to keep them winless this season. The Poblanos’ poor run of results, combined with their low position in the relegation standings, led to a midweek coaching change. José Saturnino Cardozo will now look to get Puebla their first win in his first game in charge. Their first priority will be improving their defense, which has allowed a league-high 11 goals to date.

As for Atlas (9th), the Rojinegros beat Morelia 3-1 last weekend to keep them perfect at home. They have not done nearly so well on the road, however, where they are winless and pointless. They are winless in the Copa MX as well, where they played out a 1-1 draw with Mineros de Zacatecas in midweek. The Rojinegros will look to take advantage of Puebla’s porous defense to get their first road win of the season in this one.

Veracruz vs Jaguares de Chiapas – 10:30 PM – Azteca America
Veracruz (10th) fell 1-0 to América last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. The Tiburones Rojos are still unbeaten – and in fact perfect – at home, though, and they will look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente. They are one of the lower-scoring teams in the league, though, and they’re averaging less than a goal per game. They suffered a shutout loss in midweek as well as they fell 0-1 to Toluca in the Copa MX.

As for Jaguares de Chiapas (8th), they beat Tigres UANL 1-0 last weekend to give them back-to-back wins. Jaguares will now look to make it three in a row in this game, which has added importance given the two teams’ involvement in the relegation fight. Chiapas has one of the best defenses in the league so far this season with just one goal conceded, and they’ll look for another shutout against Veracruz’s struggling offense in this one.


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