Clausura 2017 Week 7 Preview: Saturday’s Games

liga mxCruz Azul vs Atlas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (14th) drew 2-2 with Santos Laguna last weekend to remain unbeaten in two but winless in five. La Máquina is unbeaten at home this season, and the Estadio Azul was also the site of their lone win to date; they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home for this one. They failed to win in midweek as well, however, where a 0-0 draw with Alebrijes de Oaxaca in the Copa MX extended their winless streak in all competitions to eight games.

As for Atlas (11th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to Chivas de Guadalajara in the Clásico Tapatío last weekend. That result ended their home unbeaten streak and leaves them winless in two overall. Atlas is unbeaten in two on the road, however, and they’ll look to add to Cruz Azul’s woes with another away win in this one. They will also be more rested than their opponent, as Atlas did not have a midweek game.

Monterrey vs Pachuca – 8:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Monterrey (5th) beat Pumas UNAM 2-0 last weekend to snap a four-game winless streak and also remain unbeaten this season. The Rayados are one of two unbeaten teams remaining (two wins, four draws). Last weekend’s victory was their first home win of the season and they’ll look for another as they stay in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer for this one. Monterrey has the second-best attacking record in the league, and they’ve scored multiple goals in four of their six games to date.

As for Pachuca (3rd), the Tuzos beat Tigres UANL 1-0 last weekend to end a three-game winless streak. Pachuca is now unbeaten in three, but most of their success this season has come at home. On the road, the Tuzos are 1-1-1 – and they haven’t won on their travels since week one. On the other hand, they’re tied for the second-best defensive record in the league and they’ll be motivated for this one knowing that a win could put them into first place in the table.

Monarcas Morelia vs Toluca – 8:00 PM – Azteca America
Monarcas Morelia (10th) beat Jaguares de Chiapas 1-2 last weekend to end a two-game losing streak and a four-game winless streak. Despite the victory, Morelia remains in last place in the Tabla de Cociente, which is of great concern as the season nears its halfway point. Morelia will look for their first home win since week one here, and if they can manage it, they might even move out of last place in the relegation standings (depending on other results).

As for Toluca (1st), the Diablos Rojos beat Veracruz 1-0 last weekend to give them back-to-back wins and keep them unbeaten in three. Toluca also faced Veracruz in the Copa MX in midweek, where they played out a 1-1 draw. They are unbeaten on the road this season in league play, and they’ll be looking for another away win here in order to cement their spot at the top of the table. The Diablos also have the best defensive record in the league, with just three goals allowed through six games.

León vs Santos Laguna – 8:06 PM – Galavision
León (17th) fell 2-1 to Querétaro last weekend to give them back-to-back losses and leave them winless in four. La Fiera will look to right the ship when the return home to the Nou Camp for this one, but their home field advantage has been nonexistent: León has lost every single one of their home games in league play this season. León also has the second-worst defensive record in the league with 11 goals conceded. They did earn a shutout win in midweek, though, with a 4-0 victory over Zacatepec in the Copa MX.

As for Santos Laguna (6th), the Laguneros drew 2-2 with Cruz Azul last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. Santos is winless in two, though, and they are also winless on the road this season (three draws). Nevertheless, they do have one of the better attacking records in the league and they will look to take advantage of León’s porous defense to earn their first away win of the season in this one.

Necaxa vs Querétaro – 10:00 PM – ESPN Deportes
Necaxa (13th) beat Tijuana 1-2 last weekend to end a two-game winless streak. The Rayos are now unbeaten in two, as well as unbeaten in two at home; they will look for a second consecutive league win in this one. They couldn’t win in midweek, though, where they fell 1-2 to Jaguares de Chiapas in the Copa MX.

As for Querétaro (15th), the Gallos Blancos beat León 2-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season and keep them unbeaten under new coach Jimmy Lozano (a win and a draw). Querétaro will now look to keep the momentum going by earning their first away win in this one. They will have the benefit of some extra rest, as they did not have a midweek game. However, they’ve struggled for goals this season, with just three scored to date; on the other hand, all of those goals have come in their two games under Lozano.

Chivas de Guadalajara vs América – 10:06 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Chivas de Guadalajara (4th) beat Atlas 1-2 in the Clásico Tapatío last weekend, and they are facing another rivalry game here in this SuperClásico. El Rebaño is unbeaten in three overall, and they won in the Copa MX in midweek as well (a 1-0 victory over Venados). They have done better on the road than at home so far this season, however, and they haven’t won in the Estadio Chivas in league play since week one, a statistic they will be very eager to change here.

As for América (12th), the Águilas drew 0-0 with Puebla last weekend to keep them winless in two in league play. They did win in the Copa MX in midweek, with a 1-0 victory over Coras Tepic, but Ricardo La Volpe is on shaky ground with the fans, at least, and they will not tolerate another poor result in league play, especially not in this heated rivalry. América has been particularly out-of-form on the road, where they have three losses from their four away games.

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