Clausura 2019 Week 3 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Querétaro vs Monterrey – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (17th) fell 3-0 to Pachuca last weekend to give them two losses in a row. The Gallos Blancos are also tied for the worst defensive record in the league, having given up multiple goals in both of their league games to date, while having managed to score just one of their own. Querétaro didn’t have a good outing in midweek either, as they suffered a 1-3 loss to Dorados de Sinaloa in the Copa MX. They will also be without the suspended Daniel Villalva for this one.

As for Monterrey (4th), the Rayados drew 2-2 with León last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. They’ll look to keep that streak alive when they hit the road for the first time in the Clausura, and they’ll have the advantage of not having played a midweek game. Monterrey is also the highest-scoring team in the league to date, with seven goals, which doesn’t bode well for Querétaro’s porous defense.

América vs Pachuca – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
América (6th) got their Clausura season underway with a 1-2 victory against Atlas last weekend, and the Águilas followed that up with another 1-2 win in midweek, that one coming against Necaxa in the Copa MX. América will now look to extend that winning streak to three games when they return home to the Estadio Azteca for their first match since winning the Apertura title.

As for Pachuca (10th), the Tuzos beat Querétaro 3-0 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. They’ll look to make it two in a row here, and they’ll have the advantage of not having played a midweek game. Pachuca’s first road trip of the season was an unmitigated disaster – a 5-0 loss – and they’ll look to put that game further out of mind with a good result in this one.

Tigres UANL vs Cruz Azul – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL (5th) beat Tijuana 0-3 last weekend to keep them unbeaten this season. The universitarios will look to keep that streak alive when they return to El Volcán for their first home game of the Clausura. Tigres are traditionally hard to beat at home and they’re one of the highest-scoring teams in the league at the moment, with multiple goals in both their games to date. They’ll also have the advantage of not having played a midweek game.

As for Cruz Azul (12th), La Máquina fell 0-1 to Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to give them their first loss of the Clausura. That loss keeps them winless this season, and they lost in the Copa MX in midweek as well, falling 2-3 to León. Cruz Azul will look to rebound from those results with a victory in this one; they had the best defensive record in the league last season and they’ll look to shut down Tigres’ prolific attack here.

 

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