Clausura 2019 Week 2 Preview: Friday’s Games

Veracruz vs Lobos BUAP – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Veracruz (10th) drew 0-0 with Pumas UNAM last weekend, and the Tiburones Rojos will look to build on that away point when they return home for this one. Veracruz is in serious danger of relegation, with only one team within realistic reach: their opponent tonight, Lobos BUAP. Taking three points from their relegation rival would be a huge step in Veracruz’s quest to remain in the first division, while a loss here could seriously harm their chances. The Tiburones Rojos will be concentrating on getting their first goal of the season here, as finding the net was something they struggled with in the Apertura.

As for Lobos BUAP (4th), the Licántropos got their Clausura underway with a 2-0 victory against Santos Laguna last weekend. They fell 0-1 to Mineros de Zacatecas in the Copa MX in midweek, though, although that starting XI had exactly zero players in common with their league starting XI, a sign of how important this match against Veracruz is in the relegation fight. Lobos struggled on the road in the Apertura, but they can’t afford to do so here, and Veracruz is a team that’s been vulnerable at home.

Atlas vs América – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Atlas (5th) beat Querétaro 1-2 last weekend to give the Rojinegros their first road win in more than a year. They’ll be looking to build on that with a home win when they return to the Estadio Jalisco for this one. A victory in this one would equal Atlas’s win total from the entirety of the Apertura season, and would be a morale boost as the Rojinegros look to put that torrid campaign behind them. They did win in the Copa MX in midweek as well, where they earned a 0-1 away win against Pumas.

As for América (12th), the Águilas did not play last weekend, having rescheduled their opening match to allow for a little more recovery time after they won the Apertura 2018 final just a few weeks ago. América will be eager to get their season started in style with a win, and Atlas is a potentially vulnerable opponent for them. The Águilas will also have the advantage of not having played a midweek game.

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