Apertura 2018 Week 8 Preview: Friday’s Games

Monarcas Morelia vs Querétaro – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes 
Monarcas Morelia (4th) drew 2-2 with Monterrey last weekend to remain unbeaten in six. The draw also kept the michoacanos winless in two, though, and they failed to win in midweek as well, where they fell 1-2 to Chivas de Guadalajara in the Copa MX. Nevertheless, Morelia remains unbeaten at home in league play this season and they will look to get back to winning ways and continue to climb up the table here.

As for Querétaro (7th), the Gallos Blancos beat Lobos BUAP 2-0 last weekend to give them back-to-back wins and keep them unbeaten in three. Querétaro won in midweek as well, where they beat León 1-0 in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to keep up the momentum in this one. The Gallos have had a bit of trouble scoring this season, though; they’re averaging less than a goal a game overall, and on the road they’ve scored just twice in four games.

Puebla vs Monterrey – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (14th) fell 2-0 to Pachuca last weekend to end a two-game unbeaten streak. The Poblanos will look to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio Cuauhtémoc, the site of all of their league victories to date, for this one. They’ll also be better-rested than their opponent, as they did not have a midweek game, but Puebla has had trouble defensively this season and they’ve conceded the second-most goals in the league.

As for Monterrey (2nd), the Rayados drew 2-2 with Monarcas Morelia last weekend to end a two-game winning streak but keep them unbeaten in three. They picked up a win in midweek, a 3-2 victory against Venados in the Copa MX, and they’ll look for a league win in this one. Monterrey is sitting just one point out of first place and they’ll want to keep the pressure on Cruz Azul with a win against a vulnerable Puebla side.

Tijuana vs Necaxa – 10:00 PM – Fox Deportes / FS2
Tijuana (16th) fell 1-0 to Veracruz last weekend to keep them winless in six. The Xolos have been struggling this season, but they’re still unbeaten at home – albeit with just one win – and they’ll look to right the ship in this one. They’ll be better-rested than their opponents, as they did not have a midweek game. They’ve done all of their goal-scoring this season at home in the Estadio Caliente, but they’ll need their defense to start making those goals stand up.

As for Necaxa (13th), the Rayos drew 1-1 with Tigres UANL last weekend to keep them winless in four. They did win in midweek, though, with a 1-0 victory against Pumas UNAM in the Copa MX. Necaxa will look to carry that form over to league play as they look for their first road win of the season. The Rayos have a 0-0-3 road record to date, which they’ll look to change against a struggling Tijuana side in this one.

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