Apertura 2017 Week 4 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Querétaro vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:00 PM – ESPN Deportes
Querétaro (9th) drew 1-1 with Tigres UANL last weekend to remain winless in two. The Gallos Blancos went winless in midweek as well, where they drew 0-0 with Pachuca in the Copa MX. Querétaro will now look to get back to winning ways when they return to La Corregidora; however, their home stadium has not been too kind to them to date. They are still looking for their first home win, point, and goal of the Apertura season.

As for Morelia (12th), the michoacanos drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to remain both winless and unbeaten this season. Morelia has drawn all three of their league games to date, and they drew in the Copa MX in midweek as well, 1-1 against Necaxa. Morelia has one of the best defensive records so far, but their attack has been sluggish. They’ll look to rectify that and finally get into the “W” column here.

Cruz Azul vs Toluca – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (8th) drew 2-2 with León last weekend to remain unbeaten this season but also winless in two. La Máquina will look to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio Azul in this one, and they will be more rested than their opponents as they did not have a midweek game.

As for Toluca (3rd), the Diablos Rojos beat Atlas 3-2 last weekend to give them back-to-back wins and keep them unbeaten overall. Toluca also won in midweek, where they picked up a 0-2 victory against Leones Negros. The Diablos Rojos will look to keep their unbeaten streak alive and earn their first road win when they visit Cruz Azul in this one.

Monterrey vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monterrey (2nd) beat Tijuana 0-3 last weekend to give them back-to-back wins and keep them unbeaten overall. The Rayados were active in the Copa MX in midweek, where they drew 1-1 with Pumas UNAM. The Rayados have the best defensive record in the league – they have yet to concede a goal in league play – and they’ll look for another strong defensive performance to backstop them to another win.

As for Chivas de Guadalajara (11th), el Rebaño drew 2-2 with Necaxa last weekend to remain both unbeaten and winless in league play after a run of three straight draws. They did win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they edged FC Juárez 1-0, and they’ll now look for their first league win. Chivas has not been a very high-scoring team to date, though, and they may be hard-pressed to get through Monterrey’s defense.

Pachuca vs Tigres UANL – 8:06 PM – Galavision
Pachuca (17th) fell 3-2 to Lobos BUAP last weekend to remain winless in league play. The Tuzos couldn’t win in midweek either, where they drew 0-0 with Querétaro in the Copa MX. Pachuca is unused to languishing at the far end of the table, and they’ll look to get their season on track when they return home to the Estadio Hidalgo for this one.

As for Tigres UANL (7th), the universitarios drew 1-1 with Querétaro last weekend to remain unbeaten this season but also winless in two. Tigres also suffered a midweek 2-1 loss to Zacatecas in the Copa MX. They have one of the better defensive records in the league, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways against a struggling Pachuca side.

Necaxa vs León – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes / ESPN Deportes
Necaxa (4th) drew 2-2 with Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. That draw did halt the Rayos’ perfect start to the season, though, and they are now winless in two in all competitions after a 1-1 draw with Morelia in the Copa MX in midweek. Necaxa will look to return to winning ways and possibly move into first place with a victory against a struggling side in this one.

As for León (15th), La Fiera drew 2-2 with Cruz Azul last weekend to give them their first point of the Apertura 2017 season. León is still winless in league play, but they earned a 1-2 victory against Veracruz in the Copa MX in midweek. They’ll look to build on that result in this one, but they will need to improve in the back to do so; León is tied for the worst defensive record in the league with eight goals allowed in their opening three games.

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