Apertura 2018 Week 2 Preview: Sunday’s Games

Pumas UNAM vs Necaxa – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (2nd) picked up a 0-2 away win against Veracruz last weekend, but the universitarios fell 1-2 to TM Fútbol Club in the Copa MX in midweek. They’ll now look to get back to winning ways in their first home game of the season here. Pumas had an indifferent home record last season though, with the fewest home points of any of the playoff teams; they’ll look for a stronger showing in the Estadio Olímpico Universitario this time out.

As for Necaxa (6th), the Rayos earned a 2-1 win against América last weekend and they’ll look to make it two in a row when they hit the road for this one. Necaxa was a good away team last season, losing just once in nine outings, and they’ll have the advantage of extra rest in this one as unlike Pumas they did not play in midweek.

Lobos BUAP vs Veracruz – 5:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Lobos BUAP (13th) fell 2-1 to Santos Laguna last weekend, and they’ll now look for their first win when they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos will want to start picking up points sooner rather than later as they gear up for a long fight to avoid a second consecutive relegation, and picking up points here – against another team in the relegation conversation – would be an especially good time to start.

As for Veracruz (17th), the Tiburones Rojos also started their season with a loss as they fell 0-2 to Pumas UNAM. They then followed that up with a 1-2 loss to Dorados de Sinaloa in the Copa MX in midweek, so they’ll be itching to get off the mark in this one. Veracruz’s main problem last season was goal-scoring – they scored just 12, the fewest in the league – and they’ll want to avoid another shutout here.

Tigres UANL vs Tijuana – 7:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL (5th) earned a 2-0 victory against León to start their season off on the right foot, but they then fell 2-1 to Atlético San Luis in the Copa MX in midweek. The universitarios will look to get back to winning ways here as they look to take advantage of back-to-back home games to start the Apertura. Tigres posted an unbeaten home record last season, with six wins and three draws in their nine outings in the Volcán, and they’ll look to repeat that feat this season.

As for Tijuana (5th), the Xolos beat Chivas de Guadalajara 2-1 last weekend and remained unbeaten in all competitions after playing out a 0-0 draw with FC Juárez in the Copa MX in midweek. Tijuana will look to get back to winning ways here, but the Xolos failed to earn a single road win last season and they’re facing a team that is extremely hard to beat at home in this one.

León vs Monterrey – 9:00 PM – Univision Deportes
León (16th) fell 2-0 to Tigres UANL last weekend, and they followed that up with a 4-2 loss to Mineros in the Copa MX in midweek. La Fiera will be looking for their first win of the season here and they’ll hope to put their home-field advantage to good use in order to start moving up the table. León had fairly average results in the Nou Camp last season, though, with a 3-3-2 record.

As for Monterrey (8th), the Rayados earned a 0-1 away win against Pachuca last weekend to start their season off on a positive note. Monterrey were the highest-scoring team in the league last season and they’ll look to pick up the goal-scoring pace here; earning points in back-to-back away games would mark a very good start to the Apertura for the Rayados. They’ll also have the advantage of extra rest as they did not have a midweek game.

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