Clausura 2019 Week 4 Previews: Friday’s Games

Veracruz vs Puebla – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Veracruz (17th) fell 2-0 to Monarcas Morelia last weekend to keep them winless this season. The Tiburones Rojos have lost two in a row and have yet to register a goal this season; their already-slim margin of error to avoid relegation is rapidly dwindling away and they need to start picking up points ASAP. They did manage to both score and win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they picked up a 2-0 victory against Lobos BUAP, and they’ll look to build on that result when they return to league play in this one.

As for Puebla (16th), the Poblanos drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to keep them winless this season as well, although they remain unbeaten at home in league play. They fell 1-2 to FC Juárez in the Copa MX in midweek, though, but they’ll look to put that behind them when they visit a vulnerable-looking Veracruz here. Puebla has had some goal-scoring trouble this season – they’re averaging less than a goal a game – but if Veracruz’s own scoring woes continue, all Puebla would need would be one goal.

Atlas vs Lobos BUAP – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Atlas (8th) drew 2-2 with Pumas UNAM last weekend to keep them unbeaten on the road this season. The Rojinegros are winless at home, though, and they struggled in the Estadio Jalisco last season. On the other hand, they’ve scored at least once in all of their games this season and they’ll look to keep scoring en route to their first home win here. Atlas will also have the advantage of some extra rest, as they did not have a midweek game.

As for Lobos BUAP (6th), the Licántropos fell 2-3 to Necaxa last weekend to end their perfect start to the season. The manner of the loss will particularly sting Lobos, as they were leading 2-0 before collapsing. The goals they gave up to Necaxa were the first they had allowed in the Clausura and they’ll look to get back to their stronger defensive showings here. They suffered another loss in midweek, however, where they fell 2-0 to Veracruz in the Copa MX.

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