Clausura 2019 Week 4 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Cruz Azul vs Tijuana – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes / ESPN Deportes
Cruz Azul (9th) beat Tigres UANL 0-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. La Máquina are still winless at home, though, which they’ll look to change in this one. Their games have all been close this season, with Cruz Azul neither scoring nor allowing more than a single goal per game – although they did score twice in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat Alebrijes de Oaxaca 1-2.

As for Tijuana (12th), the Xolos beat León 0-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season as well. That game also gave the Xolos their first points, their first clean sheet, and their first goal, and they’ll look to replicate those stats in this one. They fell in the Copa MX in midweek, however, losing 2-1 to Pachuca, but they’ll look to set that aside and return their focus to league play in this one.

Monterrey vs América – 6:00 PM – Fox Deportes
Monterrey (2nd) beat Querétaro 1-2 last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. The Rayados will look to keep that streak alive when they return home to the Estadio BBVA Bancomer, where they are traditionally hard to beat. They’re also the highest-scoring team in the league by a wide margin, having netted nine goals in their three games to date. In addition, they’ll have the advantage of some extra rest as they did not have a midweek game.

As for América (3rd), the Águilas beat Pachuca 3-0 last weekend to remain perfect this season. They’ll now look to keep that streak alive when they visit another strong team in this one. Like Monterrey, they’ve been scoring in bunches, with multiple goals in both of their league games, but they also have a stronger defensive record with just one goal allowed so far. They picked up another shutout victory in midweek, where they beat San Luis 1-0 in the Copa MX.

Pachuca vs Pumas UNAM – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes / ESPN Deportes
Pachuca (13th) fell 3-0 to América last weekend to give the Tuzos a second bad road loss. Coach Pako Ayesterán was fired after that result, with Martín Palermo quickly hired as his replacement. Pachuca will be looking for a good result in this one, and they did win their lone home game to date; they also won in the Copa MX in midweek, beating Tijuana 2-1 to remain perfect in that competition.

As for Pumas UNAM (15th), the universitarios drew 2-2 with Atlas last weekend to remain unbeaten at home but also winless overall this season. Pumas will now look for their first victory on the road when they visit a Pachuca side that has looked more than vulnerable defensively. The visitors will also have the advantage of not having played a midweek game. On the other hand, they’ll be without their captain, as Pablo Barrera is suspended for this one.

Necaxa vs Monarcas Morelia – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (5th) beat Lobos BUAP 2-3 last weekend to remain perfect this season. They’ll look to keep their winning streak alive when they return home for this one, and they’ll have some added confidence after the way they won last weekend – overturning a two-goal deficit on the road. The Rayos will also have the advantage of some extra rest as they did not have a midweek game.

As for Monarcas Morelia (11th), the michoacanos beat Veracruz 2-0 last weekend to snap a two-game losing streak. Morelia will look to build on that victory when they go on the road in this one, and they earned a win in midweek as well, comfortably beating Correcaminos 3-1 in the Copa MX. That game matched their goal total from all their league games combined, and they’ll look to keep the goals coming when they visit Necaxa in this one.

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