Veracruz vs Tigres UANL – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Veracruz (17th) drew 0-0 with Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to end a three-game losing streak. The Tiburones Rojos are still winless in league play, though, and they also have yet to score a single goal. With relegation looking ever more inevitable, Veracruz needs to start winning ASAP if they want to make it a fight rather than a foregone conclusion. They’ll look to get on track when they return to the Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente for this one, but they have yet to earn a point at home this season.
As for Tigres UANL (3rd), the universitarios beat Santos Laguna last weekend to give them a two-game winning streak. Tigres are also unbeaten on the road this season, where they have two wins and a draw, and they’ll look to add to Veracruz’s home woes in this one. Tigres also has one of the best defensive records this season, with less than a goal per game allowed on average, which doesn’t bode well for Veracruz’s toothless attack. A win here would life Tigres into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – which will give them plenty of motivation.
Atlas vs Puebla – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Atlas (4th) beat Monarcas Morelia 1-2 last weekend to give them back-to-back wins and extend their unbeaten streak to three games. They won in midweek as well, where they picked up a 2-4 victory against Leones Negros in the Copa MX. The Rojinegros are in position to challenge for first place with a win here, so they’ll look to put their home-field advantage to good use as they return to the Estadio Jalisco for this one.
As for Puebla (14th), the poblanos suffered a 1-4 loss to Necaxa last weekend to keep them winless at home this season. The loss also ended a two-game unbeaten run for Puebla. They did pick up a win in midweek, though, where a hat-trick by Matías Alustiza gave them a 3-2 victory against TM Fútbol Club in the Copa MX. They’ll look to build on that win when they return to league play here, and they’ll be hoping the goal-scoring carries over as well; they’ve managed just four goals in league play to date, and only one goal on the road.