Apertura 2018 Week 3 Preview: Sunday’s Games

Toluca vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 1:00 PM – Univision
Toluca (7th) fell 2-1 to Puebla last weekend to give them their first loss of the season. They followed that up with a 2-3 loss to FC Juárez in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways here when they return home to the Estadio Nemesio Diez. The Diablos Rojos are generally hard to beat at home, and they started their season off well with a 2-0 home victory that they’ll look to replicate here.

As for Chivas de Guadalajara (15th), El Rebano fell 0-1 to Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to keep them winless this season. Chivas has had a terrible time at home as of late – although they did pick up a 3-2 home win against Morelia in the Copa MX in midweek – and they’ll look for a better result on the road in this one. Chivas has scored just once so far and they’ll need their attack to pick up the pace if they want to get their first league win here.

Santos Laguna vs Puebla – 7:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Santos Laguna (12th) fell 3-1 to Monarcas Morelia last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. They then lost in midweek as well, falling 2-0 to Pachuca in the Copa MX. The Laguneros are unbeaten at home so far, however, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Corona for this one.

As for Puebla (13th), the Poblanos beat Toluca 2-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. They followed that up with a 2-1 loss to Monterrey in the Copa MX in midweek, however. They also have yet to win on the road in league play, which they’ll look to change here. Puebla will need to tighten up defensively, however, as they’re conceding an average of two goals a game to date.

Tijuana vs León – 9:00 PM – Fox Deportes
Tijuana (10th) fell 1-0 to Tigres UANL last weekend to give them their first loss of the season. The Xolos are unbeaten at home so far, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Caliente for this one. Tijuana’s games have both been decided by a single goal so far, so the Xolos will look for their attack to wake up in this one. Tijuana will also be more rested than their opponent, as they did not have a midweek game.

As for León (17th), La Fiera fell 0-2 to Monterrey last weekend to give them back-to-back losses. They did win in midweek, where they beat Querétaro 2-1 in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to translate that into league success in this one. They’ll be without Pedro Aquino and Fernando Navarro however, as both players are serving suspensions after red cards last weekend.

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