Clausura 2019 Week 3 Preview: Friday’s Games

Monarcas Morelia vs Veracruz – 10:00 PM 
Monarcas Morelia (16th) fell 1-0 to Santos Laguna last weekend to keep the michoacanos winless this season. They’ll look to rectify that when they return home to the Estadio Morelos for this one, but they had a distinctly mixed home record last season, going 3-2-3 and also managing just nine goals in those eight matches. But Morelia will be facing a vulnerable opponent in this one, and they’ll also have the advantage of not having played a midweek game. The pressure will be on for La Monarquia to get a win in this one.

As for Veracruz (14th), the Tiburones Rojos fell 0-1 to Lobos BUAP last weekend to keep them winless in the Clausura. That loss also dealt a serious blow to Veracruz’s hopes of avoiding relegation, and they’ll be desperate to start winning. To do that, they’ll also need to start scoring; the Tiburones have yet to manage a goal in league play. They failed to score in midweek as well, where they suffered a 2-0 loss to Mineros in the Copa MX.

Puebla vs Santos Laguna – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (15th) fell 2-0 to Toluca last weekend to keep them winless in the Clausura. They’ll look to change that when they return home to the Estadio Cuauhtémoc for this one, where they at least earned a draw in their last league outing. Puebla will look to build on that here, but they’ve found goals hard to come by this season, with just one in their two league games to date; at the same time, they’ve yet to keep a clean sheet. They’ll also be without the suspended Christian Tabó for this one.

As for Santos Laguna (9th), the Laguneros beat Monarcas Morelia 1-0 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. They’ll look to make it two wins in a row here, but they haven’t traveled particularly well in recent seasons. Santos lost their first road game in the Clausura, and they only had two away wins in the Apertura, tied for the fewest among all the playoff teams. They’ve also, like Puebla, managed just one goal in league play to date, although they’ve done a bit better defensively.

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