Clausura 2017 Week 5 Preview: Saturday’s Games

liga mxCruz Azul vs Querétaro – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (13th) fell 1-0 to Tijuana last weekend to keep them winless in three in league play. Adding in the Copa MX, La Máquina is winless in five in all competitions. They are unbeaten at home, though, with a win and a draw, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways in this one. All of Cruz Azul’s games have been close ones, with 1-0 scorelines – both for and against them – dominating. Their defense has been good but their attack needs to come to life sooner rather than later.

As for Querétaro (17th), the Gallos Blancos fell 0-1 to Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to remain winless this season. Querétaro is goalless as well, having failed to score in all of their four league games to date. That run of form, combined with their low position in the Tabla de Cociente, led the club to make a midweek coaching change with the dismissal of Víctor Manuel Vucetich. They did win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they defeated Alebrijes de Oaxaca 0-1, and they’ll now look for their first league victory under new coach Jimmy Lozano.

Monarcas Morelia vs América – 8:00 PM – Azteca America
Monarcas Morelia (11th) fell 3-1 to Atlas last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. That loss also left the michoacanos in last place in the relegation standings, and they need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. They’re unbeaten at home this season and will look to use their home field advantage to pick up a crucial win here. They did win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they defeated Zacatepec 1-0.

As for América (15th), the Águilas beat Veracruz 1-0 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. América remains winless on the road, however, and they also lost in midweek, when they fell 3-2 to Coras Tepic in the Copa MX. Despite having a game in hand on most of the league, América’s current position in the table is an unexpectedly low one. The Águilas will look to continue moving up the table with their first away win in this one.

Tigres UANL vs Toluca – 8:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL (12th) fell 1-0 to Jaguares de Chiapas last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. The universitarios are unbeaten at home, however, with a win and a draw, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Volcán for this one. Tigres has struggled offensively this season, though; although they put four past América in Jornada 3, they have failed to find the net in any of their other matches to date.

As for Toluca (4th), the Diablos Rojos drew 0-0 with Pachuca last weekend to remain winless in two in league play. They are perfect in the Copa MX, however, and they earned a 0-1 win against Veracruz in that competition in midweek. They’ll now look to get back to winning ways in league play in this one. They are unbeaten on the road to date in all competitions and they have one of the better attacking records in the league so far this season.

León vs Tijuana – 8:06 PM – Galavision
León (14th) drew 0-0 with Monterrey last weekend to keep them unbeaten on the road but winless in two overall. La Fiera will now look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Nou Camp, but home-field advantage has been in short supply for them this season: they have lost both their home games to date. León also has one of the lower-scoring attacks in the league, with just three goals in their four games, and they have scored just once in their last three.

As for Tijuana (1st), the Xolos beat Cruz Azul 1-0 last weekend to give them a three-game winning streak. Tijuana won in midweek as well, where they defeated Correcaminos 2-1 in the Copa MX. That game was not without its cost, however, as Yasser Corona left the field in an ambulance and underwent surgery on Wednesday to insert a plate into his cervical spine. Despite the loss of Corona, Tijuana will look to keep their winning streak alive and with it, their hold on first place.

Necaxa vs Monterrey – 10:00 PM – ESPN Deportes
Necaxa (16th) fell 3-1 to Pumas UNAM last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. Necaxa’s lone win of the season came in the Estadio Victoria, and they’ll look for another victory when they return home for this one. The Rayos have managed to score just two goals this season, though, and their stingy defense broke down a bit last weekend, when they conceded more goals than in their previous three games combined. Their offense came to life in the Copa MX in midweek, however, where they beat Potros UAEM 5-1.

As for Monterrey (7th), the Rayados drew 0-0 with León last weekend to keep them unbeaten this season but also winless in three. Monterrey’s lone win of the season came on the road, however, and they’ll look to add another one when they visit a struggling Necaxa side in this one. They also have one of the better attacking records in the league, with seven goals scored to date. They scored five in midweek as well with a 5-0 victory against Dorados de Sinaloa in the Copa MX.

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