Clausura 2018 Week 2 Preview: Friday’s Games

Monarcas Morelia vs Puebla – 10:00 PM 
Monarcas Morelia (6th) drew 1-1 with Monterrey last weekend, and La Monarquía will now look for their first win of the season when they return home to the Estadio Morelos. Morelia did win in midweek, where they beat Cimarrones 3-0 in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to build on that here as they seek to remain unbeaten in all competitions.

As for Puebla (4th), the Poblanos earned a surprise 2-1 win against reigning champions Tigres UANL last weekend. Puebla is on the fringes of the relegation fight, as they sit 15th in the Tabla de Cociente but have a comfortable cushion between themselves and last-place Veracruz. Nevertheless, they will want to keep the momentum going and divorce themselves completely from the relegation conversation with a few more wins. They will be more rested than their opponent as they did not have a midweek game.

Tijuana vs Necaxa – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Tijuana (10th) drew 0-0 with Cruz Azul last weekend, and they’ll now be looking for their first win of the season when they return home to the Estadio Caliente. The Xolos were one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league last season, and they’ll hope last week’s shutout is not an indication of another season of scoring woes. Tijuana will look to make a statement in their first home game here.

As for Necaxa (12th), the Rayos drew 0-0 with Veracruz last weekend, and they’ll now go on the road as they look for a better result. Necaxa had one of the better defensive records in the league in the Apertura, conceding less than a goal a game on average, and they’ll look to keep Tijuana off the board in this one. Although the Rayos are also looking for their first win, an away draw wouldn’t be a terrible result for them.

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