Apertura 2017 Week 8 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Lobos BUAP vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:00 PM – Lobos BUAP TV
Lobos BUAP (12th) fell 3-2 to Tigres UANL last time out to extend their winless streak to four games. The licántropos have slipped down the Tabla de Cociente as a result and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home for this one. They will be without the suspended Eduardo Tercero, however. Nevertheless, Lobos have one of the best attacking records in the league (averaging two goals a game) and if they can improve defensively they’ll be well-positioned to get a good result.

As for Monarcas Morelia (9th), the michoacanos beat América 2-0 last time out to give them back-to-back victories. Morelia will look to build on that and extend their winning streak to three when they face the vulnerable Lobos in this one. Morelia has had mixed results on the road, though, where they are 1-1-1 this season.

Querétaro vs León – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (11th) drew 0-0 with Chivas de Guadalajara last time out to keep them winless in three. The Gallos Blancos will look to snap that streak when they return home in this one, but they haven’t had very good results in La Corregidora this season: one win and two losses. Querétaro’s had some trouble scoring as well; they’re averaging less than a goal a game. Their run of poor results has seen them slip down the Tabla de Cociente and they’ll want to improve their positioning in the relegation standings sooner rather than later.

As for León (15th), La Fiera fell 1-2 to Santos Laguna last time out to keep them winless at home this season. León’s had rather better luck on the road, where they currently have a two-game winning streak, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they visit the Gallos in this one. They will be without the suspended Jorge Pereyra, however.

Monterrey vs Necaxa – 8:00 PM – Galavision
Monterrey (1st) drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul last time out to remain unbeaten this season. The Rayados have opened up a bit of a gap at the top of the table as well, and they would remain in first even if that unbeaten streak were snapped here. They’re not just unbeaten but perfect at home, however, with three wins out of three, and they’ll look to extend their lead at the top with another win here. Monterrey is tied for the best attack in the league and they have the best defensive record as well, which has proven to be a formidable combination.

As for Necaxa (5th), the Rayos beat Atlas 2-1 last time out to keep them unbeaten in three. Necaxa is also unbeaten on the road this season, with a win and two draws on their travels. They’ll look to keep that streak alive when they visit the superlíders in this one. While they haven’t been as dominant as Monterrey, they have been very difficult to beat, with just one loss in their opening seven games.

Pachuca vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 8:06 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Pachuca (10th) fell 2-1 to Tijuana last time out to snap a three-game winning streak. The Tuzos will look to get back to winning ways when they return home in this one. They have a two-game active winning streak in the Estadio Hidalgo, although they’ll be without the suspended Víctor Guzmán. Pachuca had a slow start to the season but their offense has come to life in recent weeks and they’ll look for a good performance in this one.

As for Chivas de Guadalajara (17th), el Rebaño drew 0-0 with Querétaro last weekend to remain unbeaten in two but also winless in the Apertura 2017. The reigning champions have been struggling this season, with five draws, two losses, and not a single victory. Chivas has had a hard time scoring as well, with just five goals from seven games, and it’s only goal difference that’s keeping them out of last place.

América vs Veracruz – 10:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
América (2nd) fell 2-0 to Monarcas Morelia last weekend to end a five-game unbeaten run. The Aguilas will look to get back to winning ways when they return home, but they’ve had mixed results in the Azteca this season, where they are 1-1-1. Nevertheless, América will look to keep the pressure on first-placed Monterrey with a victory in this one.

As for Veracruz (8th), the Tiburones Rojos beat Pumas UNAM 1-0 last weekend to end a two-game winless streak. Veracruz also moved out of last place in the relegation standings with that victory; they’re currently a point ahead of Atlas in the Tabla de Cociente. They’ll look for another win in this one to strengthen their position in the relegation fight; they’ve had some struggles on the road this season, but they’ll look to take advantage of América’s middling home form here.

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