Clausura 2019 Week 2 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Monterrey vs León – Fox Deportes
Monterrey (1st) started their season in style with a 5-0 thumping of Pachuca last weekend. The Rayados will now look to make it two home wins in a row as they aim to remain atop the standings. Monterrey is traditionally hard to beat at home, where they fell just once in the Apertura; with six wins and a draw rounded out their home record. They’ll be looking for similar dominance this season, and they’ll be full of confidence after last weekend’s goal-fest.

As for León (7th), La Fiera gave up a stoppage-time penalty to draw 2-2 with Tigres UANL last weekend. They failed to win in midweek as well, where they fell 0-1 to Alebrijes de Oaxaca in the Copa MX, and they’ll now be looking for their first win in all competitions. Getting that win in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer won’t be an easy feat, but León earned the majority of their points on the road last season and they’ll look to remain a dangerous visiting team in the Clausura.

Pachuca vs Querétaro – 8:00 PM – ESPN Deportes
Pachuca (18th) suffered a 5-0 loss to Monterrey to open their season last weekend. The Tuzos will be anxious to put that game behind them and will be looking to make their home-field advantage count as they search for a better performance and a better result. They did get a better result in midweek, where they came from behind to beat Atlante 1-2 in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to build on that in their return to league play.

As for Querétaro (14th), the Gallos Blancos also opened their season with a loss, falling 1-2 to Atlas last weekend. They’ll look to regroup in this one, and they’ll have the advantage of not having played a midweek game. Querétaro was not a high-scoring team last season, but they’ll look to get their attack going against a team that’s shown itself to be vulnerable defensively.

Cruz Azul vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (8th) drew 1-1 with Puebla last weekend and will now be looking for their first win in their first home game. La Máquina was unbeatable in the Estadio Azteca last season, amassing eight victories and one draw in their nine home matches, and they’ll look for a similar run of results in the Clausura. They’ll also have the advantage of some extra rest for this one after not having played a midweek game.

As for Chivas de Guadalajara (3rd), el Rebaño opened their season with a 2-0 victory against Tijuana last weekend. They won in the Copa MX in midweek as well, where they beat Cimarrones 1-2 on the road, and they’ll look to make it three in a row in this one. Chivas was much better on the road than at home last season, earning four times as many points in their travels than in their own stadium, and they’ll look to keep up the role of dangerous visitor in the Clausura.

Necaxa vs Pumas UNAM – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (13th) did not play last weekend, as their game against América was rescheduled. They got their Clausura 2019 season underway in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat San Luis 0-2. They’ll now look to get their league season off to a good start as well, and they’ll likely need to make their home matches count, given their abysmal road record in the Apertura (zero wins, one draw, and seven losses).

As for Pumas UNAM (11th), the universitarios drew 0-0 with Veracruz last weekend as their home woes looked to have carried over from last season. They had a poor home showing in midweek as well, where they fell 0-1 to Atlas in the Copa MX. They’ll look to change things here when they visit Necaxa; Pumas earned twice as many points on the road as at home in the Apertura – and earned the most away points of any team in the league – and they also had a much better defensive record on their travels. Right now Pumas will be concerned by the fact they have yet to score and will be looking for their attack to get off the mark in this one.

Tijuana vs Tigres UANL – 10:00 PM
Tijuana (16th) fell 2-0 to Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend and will now look for their first points of the season when they return home to the Estadio Caliente for this one. The Xolos have traditionally been hard to beat at home, with the artificial turf giving them a significant home-field advantage. They had a fairly poor Apertura season, but even so, more than 76% of their points came at home. Their big struggle last season was goal-scoring, netting just 13 times in 17 matches, and they’ll want to get off the mark there as soon as possible.

As for Tigres UANL (6th), the universitarios scored a stoppage-time penalty kick to draw 2-2 with León last weekend. On the road again this weekend, they’ll nevertheless be looking for the first win of the season, and Tijuana is a potentially vulnerable team, home-field advantage notwithstanding. Tigres were the second-highest scoring team in the league last season, and they’ll look to overwhelm Tijuana with goals in this one.


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