Clausura 2019 Week 5 Preview: Sunday’s Games

Pumas UNAM vs Monterrey – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (16th) fell 1-0 to Pachuca last weekend, a result that cost coach David Patiño his job. He was replaced by Bruno Marioni, who guided the universitarios to a 1-2 win against Atlas in the Copa MX in midweek, and he’ll now look to get Pumas their first league win of the season when they return home to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this one. They are unbeaten at home, with a pair of draws, and they’ll look to start turning those draws into something more here, but they’ll be facing a tough opponent.

As for Monterrey (1st), the Rayados beat América 3-2 last weekend to keep them unbeaten this season. Monterrey has two wins in a row and the best goal-scoring record in the league, with 12 goals scored through four matches. They’ll look to add to Pumas’ woes with another win in this one, and they are perfect on the road so far this season. They’ll also have the advantage of some extra rest, as they did not have a midweek game. They will be without the suspended Avilés Hurtado for this one, however.

Lobos BUAP vs Pachuca – 5:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Lobos BUAP (10th) fell 3-1 to Atlas last weekend to give them back-to-back losses. They failed to win in midweek as well, where they played out a 0-0 draw with Veracruz in the Copa MX. After a strong start to the season, the Licántropos have started slumping; two wins in their first two games, two losses in their next two; zero goals allowed in their first two games – six allowed in their next two. Lobos are the only team other than Veracruz that’s truly involved in the relegation fight, and they won’t want to let their two-game losing streak grow any more than that. They’ve scored in all their games this season, but they need their defensive to start clicking again if they want to get back to winning ways here.

As for Pachuca (11th), the Tuzos beat Pumas UNAM 1-0 last weekend to give them their first victory under new coach Martín Palermo, and also keep them perfect at home this season. They did lose in the Copa MX in midweek, though, where they fell 0-1 to Atlante. They’ve also been awful on the road – to put it mildly – losing their two away matches by a combined score of 8-0. Palermo will look for a better result when he takes charge of his first away game in this one, and a slumping Lobos side could give the Tuzos a chance at their first road victory of the season.

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