Apertura 2018 Week 5 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Cruz Azul vs León – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (2nd) drew 1-1 with Tijuana last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. The draw did bring La Máquina’s perfect run to a halt, however, although they got back to winning ways in midweek with a 2-0 victory against Zacatepec in the Copa MX. Cruz Azul is still perfect at home and they’ll look for another win in this one. They’ve also conceded just one goal this season, and that came while they were playing with just 10 men. They will be without the suspended Pablo Aguilar for this one, though.

As for León (11th), La Fiera beat Querétaro 4-0 last weekend to earn their first win of the season. They followed that up with a 2-1 win against Mineros in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll look to keep that good run of form going here against a tough opponent. León has been on a goal-scoring streak as of late and they’ll look to test Cruz Azul’s defensive record in this one.

Pachuca vs Lobos BUAP – 8:00 PM – Univision
Pachuca (18th) drew 0-0 with Pumas UNAM last weekend to give the Tuzos their first point of the season. They are still winless, however, and they’ll look to change that when they return to the Estadio Hidalgo for this one. Pachuca has struggled for goals this season, though, scoring just once – and that was from a penalty. They’ll need to change that if they want to find that elusive first victory here.

As for Lobos BUAP (12th), the Licantropos drew 0-0 with Atlas last weekend to remain winless in two. Lobos are winless on the road as well, where they’ve suffered two straight losses. They’ll look to change that against a struggling team here, and Lobos have a good defensive record so far; they’ve kept two clean sheets and they’ll look for a third against a Pachuca side that can’t find the net.

Necaxa vs Puebla – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (9th) fell 2-1 to Monarcas Morelia last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. They fell 3-1 to TM Fútbol Club in the Copa MX in midweek as well, but they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio Victoria for this one. The Rayos have one of the better goal-scoring records to date, but on the other hand, they’re tied for the worst defensive record. They’ll look for a stronger defensive effort here as they look to remain perfect at home this season.

As for Puebla (15th), the Poblanos fell 1-2 to Veracruz last weekend to give them back-to-back losses. They failed to win in midweek as well, where they drew 1-1 with Monterrey in the Copa MX. Puebla, like Necaxa, has struggled defensively this season; they have yet to record a clean sheet. On the other hand, the Poblanos have also struggled at the other end; they’re averaging less than a goal a game on the attacking side of things.

Querétaro vs América – 10:00 PM – Univision
Querétaro (14th) fell 4-0 to León last weekend to give them back-to-back road losses. The Gallos Blancos will be back home for this one, though, and they’re perfect in La Corregidora this season. They’ll look to get back on track with another home victory, and they’ll have the advantage of some extra rest as they did not have a midweek game. On the other hand, Querétaro has only managed to score twice this season and they’re facing a good defense in this one.

As for América (3rd), the Águilas beat Monterrey 3-0 last weekend to extend their winning streak to three games. They picked up another victory in midweek as well, where they beat Veracruz 0-3 in the Copa MX. América can move into first place, at least temporarily, with another win here, and they’re tied for the best attacking record in the league with an impressive 10 goals in four games.

Monterrey vs Pumas UNAM – 10:00 PM – Fox Deportes / FS2
Monterrey (5th) fell 3-0 to América last weekend to bring their perfect start to the season to an abrupt halt. They failed to win in midweek as well, where they drew 1-1 with Puebla in the Copa MX. The Rayados are stil perfect at home, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio BBVA Bancomer for this one.

As for Pumas UNAM (1st), the universitarios drew 0-0 with Pachuca last weekend to end their own perfect start to the season. Pumas, however, remain unbeaten in the Apertura and they are still perfect on the road. They’ve also kept three clean sheets in their four league games to date and they’ll look for another one here. Finally, they’ll have the advantage of some extra rest as they did not have a midweek game.

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