Clausura 2019 Week 5 Preview: Saturday’s Games

América vs Querétaro – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
América (8th) fell 3-2 to Monterrey last weekend in a wild game that saw the Águilas lose their perfect record. They also picked up a pair of red cards in that game, and they’ll be without the suspended Jorge Sánchez and Emanuel Aguilera for this one as a result. América has one of the best attacking records in the league, though, with at least two goals scored in all of their league games to date, and they’ll look to take advantage of a vulnerable opponent to get back to winning ways here. They couldn’t win – or score – in midweek, though, where they fell 2-0 to San Luis in the Copa MX.

As for Querétaro (18th), the Gallos Blancos fell 0-4 to León last weekend to keep them winless and pointless in the Clausura 2019. Querétaro has suffered through four straight defeats while conceding a league-high 11 goals; they’ve managed just two of their own. The Gallos need to get it together ASAP if they want to avoid a historically bad season, but the Azteca is an intimidating place to be looking for their first win. Querétaro will be better-rested for this game, though, as they did not have a midweek match.

León vs Cruz Azul – 8:00 PM – Unimás
León (12th) earned their first win of the season in style last weekend with a 0-4 thrashing of Querétaro. They followed that up with another decent outing on the road as they drew 1-1 with Alebrijes de Oaxaca in the Copa MX in midweek. La Fiera will now return home to the Nou Camp, where they’ll be looking for their first league win in front of their own fans.  León’s been fairly prolific this season, even before last week’s result inflated their goal-scoring average, and they’ll look for a few more goals in this one.

As for Cruz Azul (6th), La Máquina beat Tijuana 1-0 last weekend to give them back-to-back victories. Both of those victories were thanks to penalty kicks, though; Cruz Azul has struggled to score this season, managing just one goal in the run of play through four league matches. On the other hand, they’ve only allowed two goals, giving them the second-best defensive record in the league. They’ve shown they can make one-goal leads stand up, but they still won’t want to spend the season relying on set pieces to get on the board themselves.

Tigres UANL vs Santos Laguna – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL (3rd) beat Toluca 0-1 last weekend to keep them unbeaten on the road this season. Tigres are traditionally hard to beat at home in El Volcán, but they lost their lone league game there to date. They’ll look for their first home win in this one as they look to challenge for the top of the table. They’ve only scored once in their last two games, though, and they’ll look to recover the scoring touch they had early on (five goals in their first two games) in order to get off the mark at home here.

As for Santos Laguna (7th), the Laguneros beat Chivas de Guadalajara 1-0 last weekend to remain perfect at home this season. They have yet to win on the road, though, with a loss and a draw on their travels so far, and they also managed just one goal in those matches. Santos has had a hard time scoring this season, period; they haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their games, and they’ve managed just three total all season. They’ve had a good defense, though, posting two clean sheets so far.

Tijuana vs Toluca – 10:00 PM – Fox Deportes
Tijuana (15th) fell 1-0 to Cruz Azul last weekend to give them their third loss of the season – and their third shutout loss. The Xolos have only managed one goal in their four league games to date, which is of course a concerning statistic. They’ve spent the majority of the Clausura to date on the road, though, and they’ll look to right the ship when they return to the Estadio Caliente for their second home match of the season.

As for Toluca (9th), the Diablos Rojos fell 0-1 to Tigres UANL last weekend to give them back-to-back losses. They’ll want to halt that slide before it goes any further, and they have a great opportunity to get back to winning ways when they visit a struggling Tijuana side in this one. Toluca started the season off well with two multi-goal wins, but they haven’t scored since Jornada 2 and they’ll be eager to get back on track in this one.

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