Apertura 2017 Week 5 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Lobos BUAP vs América – 6:00 PM
Lobos BUAP (4th) fell 2-0 to Pumas UNAM to end their unbeaten start to the Apertura 2017. The licántropos are still unbeaten at home, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos have the best attacking record in the league and they’ll look to show that last weekend’s shutout loss was just an anomaly.

As for América (2nd), the Águilas beat Atlas 0-1 last weekend to give them three wins in a row. They won in midweek as well, with a come-from-behind 2-3 away victory against Potros UAEM in the Copa MX. América is perfect on the road this season and they’ll look to keep that streak alive in their visit to the newly-promoted side. They have one of the best defensive records in the league and they’ll look to shutout Lobos’ high-flying attack here. They will, however, be without the suspended Bruno Valdez.

Cruz Azul vs Atlas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (8th) drew 0-0 with Toluca last weekend to remain unbeaten this season but winless in three after a run of draws. They did manage a win in midweek, though, where they beat Zacatepec 1-0 in the Copa MX. La Máquina will look to build on that to get back to winning ways in the league as well. They are, however, winless at home this season, with two draws to date in the Estadio Azul. They’ve also scored just one goal in their two home matches.

As for Atlas (7th), the Rojinegros fell 0-1 to América last weekend to give them back-to-back losses. Atlas will look to rebound from that with a win against another team that’s found victories hard to come by. The Rojinegros have one of the better attacking records in the league, but they’ve been somewhat shaky in the back in recent weeks.

Veracruz vs Querétaro – 8:00 PM
Veracruz (10th) beat Santos Laguna 2-3 last weekend to give them back-to-back wins. The Tiburones Rojos stumbled in midweek, though, with a 2-0 loss to León in the Copa MX. Veracruz needs to keep winning in league play to move out of last place in the relegation standings, and they could do so this week with a win if other results go their way.

As for Querétaro (6th), the Gallos Blancos beat Monarcas Morelia 2-1 last weekend to end a two-game winless streak. They did lose in midweek, though, as they fell 0-1 to Pachuca in the Copa MX. They’re unbeaten on the road this season, with a win and a draw, and they’ll look to keep that streak alive in this one. They’ll be without the suspended Pedro Aquino, however.

Tigres UANL vs Pumas UNAM – 8:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL (11th) fell 2-1 to Pachuca last weekend to end the universitarios’ unbeaten start to the season. Tigres are now winless in three, and they’ll look to rectify that when they return home to the Volcán for this one. Tigres’ lone victory of the season came at home, and it was an emphatic one: 5-0 against Puebla. Since then, however, Tigres haven’t scored more than one goal in any game.

As for Pumas UNAM (9th), the universitarios beat Lobos BUAP 2-0 to snap a two-game losing streak. Pumas have yet to win on the road, though, where they are 0-for-2. They’ll look to change that here against a Tigres side that isn’t in the best form. In Pumas’ favor is their consistent goal-scoring: they’ve scored at least once in all of their league games to date.

León vs Monterrey – 8:06 PM – Galavision
León (12th) beat Necaxa 0-3 last weekend to give La Fiera their first win of the season. They followed that up with a 2-0 victory against Veracruz in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll look to keep the momentum going when they return to league play in this one. León has struggled defensively this season, but back-to-back shutouts should give them some confidence in the back.

As for Monterrey (1st), the Rayados beat Chivas de Guadalajara 4-1 last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. They have three wins in a row in league play and they won in the Copa MX in midweek as well, where they beat Celaya 0-1. Monterrey also has one of the best attacking records in the league, particularly lately – the Rayados have scored seven goals in their last two games – and they’ll look to make things difficult for León’s fragile defense.

Chivas de Guadalajara vs Puebla – 10:06 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Chivas de Guadalajara (16th) fell 4-1 to Monterrey last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. Chivas remains winless, with three draws and a loss, and they’ll be without coach Matías Almeyda for this one as he serves the first of a two-game suspension. The reigning champions haven’t started the Apertura anywhere near the way they would’ve liked, and they’ll be getting desperate for that elusive first victory here.

As for Puebla (17th), the Poblanos drew 1-1 with Tijuana last weekend and then repeated that same result against the same opponent in the Copa MX in midweek. Puebla is winless in league play this season and they are even worse off on the road, where they have yet to score a goal or earn a point. They’ll look to change that against another struggling team in this one, but Puebla has the unfortunate combination of the second-worst attacking and the worst defensive record in the league working against them.


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