Apertura 2017 Week 4 Preview: Friday’s Games

Puebla vs Tijuana – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (16th) fell 2-0 to Veracruz last weekend to keep them winless this season. The Poblanos earned their lone point to date at home in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc and they’ll look to build on that to get their first victory when they return home for this one. They’ll be without the suspended Pablo Cáceres, though. In addition, they’ve scored just once in three games while allowing seven goals – and both of those stats will need to be improved upon if they want to get that first win. Puebla will take heart, however, that they’re facing another struggling team in this one.

As for Tijuana (18th), the Xolos fell 0-3 to Monterrey last weekend to remain winless, goalless, and pointless in league play this season. They couldn’t win in midweek, either, as they drew 1-1 with Atlante in the Copa MX. They did at least score in that game, though, and they’ll look to take advantage of Puebla’s porous defense to find their first league goal in this one. The Xolos need to earn something here if they want to avoid spending another week in last place in the table.

Atlas vs América – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Atlas (5th) fell 3-2 to Toluca last weekend to end their perfect start to the season. The Rojinegros are still perfect at home in the Estadio Jalisco, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home for this one. Atlas is also the second-highest scoring team in the league and they’ll have the benefit of some extra rest as, unlike their opponent, they did not have a midweek game.

As for América (6th), the Águilas beat Pumas UNAM 2-1 last weekend to give them back-to-back victories in league play. They picked up another victory in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat Potros UAEM 2-1. América will look to keep that winning streak alive in this one, and the are unbeaten on the road so far this season. They also have one of the better defensive records in the league and have yet to allow a goal away from home.


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