Clausura 2019 Week 6 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Querétaro vs Pumas UNAM – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (18th) fell 2-0 to América last weekend to keep them winless and pointless this season. The Gallos Blancos have suffered through five straight losses and have the worst defensive record in the league with 11 goals allowed. They failed to win in midweek as well, where they suffered a 2-3 loss to Zacatepec in the Copa MX, which will not help their confidence at all going into this one.

As for Pumas UNAM (16th), the universitarios drew 1-1 with Monterrey last weekend to keep them winless this season as well – although they also remained unbeaten at home. Pumas did look improved under the direction of new coach Bruno Marioni, though, and they’ll now look for their first win of the season against the league’s basement dwellers. Pumas will also have the advantage of some extra rest as they did not play a midweek game.

Monterrey vs Lobos BUAP – 6:00 PM – Fox Deportes
Monterrey (1st) drew 1-1 with Pumas UNAM last weekend to keep them unbeaten this season but end a two-game winning streak. The Rayados will look to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio BBVA Bancomer for this one, where they are traditionally hard to beat. Monterrey also has the best attacking record in the league, with 13 goals scored, and the vast majority of those have come at home, where they’re averaging more than three goals a game. They’ll also have the advantage of some extra rest as they did not have a midweek game.

As for Lobos BUAP (8th), the Licántropos drew 1-1 with Pachuca last weekend to snap a two-game losing streak but keep them winless in three. They failed to win in midweek as well, where they played out a 0-0 draw with Mineros in the Copa MX. Lobos, as one of the two teams currently in the relegation conversation, will want to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible, but this will be a tough game to do it in.

América vs León – 8:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
América (6th) beat Querétaro 2-0 last weekend to keep them perfect at home this season. The Águilas will now look to make it two wins in a row in the Estadio Azteca. They picked up another home win in midweek, where they beat Necaxa 3-1 in the Copa MX. América has one of the best goal-scoring records in the league, despite having played fewer games than most teams, and they’ll look for another multi-goal outing in this one. They also have yet to concede a goal at home in league play.

As for León (7th), La Fiera beat Cruz Azul 2-0 last weekend to give them back-to-back victories. León’s attack has come to life in recent weeks and they’ll look to keep up the scoring streak here and end América’s home shutout streak. They could climb up the table significantly if they can  extend their winning streak to three games here. They failed to win in midweek, though, where they played out a 1-1 draw with Cruz Azul in the Copa MX.

Pachuca vs Monarcas Morelia – 8:00 PM
Pachuca (11th) drew 1-1 with Lobos BUAP last weekend to give them their first road point of the season. The Tuzos will now return home to the Estadio Hidalgo as they look to remain unbeaten under new coach Martín Palermo. Pachuca is perfect at home this season, with two wins, and both of those were shutout victories; their defense has been porous on the road, but is so far unbeatable at home. A victory here could see the Tuzos climb as high as fourth, depending on other results, and they’ll have the advantage of some extra rest after not having had a midweek game.

As for Monarcas Morelia (15th), the michoacanos fell 1-2 to Atlas last weekend to keep them winless in two. Morelia is also winless on the road this season, with a loss and a draw, and they could slip down into the penultimate position in the table with another loss here. They did win in midweek, though, where they picked up a 2-1 victory against Potros UAEM in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to build on that as they return to league play in this one.

Necaxa vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (2nd) earned a comprehensive 1-4 victory against Puebla last weekend to keep them perfect on the road this season. The Rayos are unbeaten in the Clausura and are just one point out of first place with a game in hand on most of the league. They lost in midweek, though, where they fell 3-1 to América in the Copa MX. They’ll look to set that result aside when they return to league play, where they’ll try to break down the Clausura’s stingiest defense.

As for Chivas de Guadalajara (5th), el Rebaño played out a frustrating 0-0 draw with Veracruz this past Monday, which kept them unbeaten at home this season but ended their home winning streak. The draw keeps Chivas winless in two overall, and they’ll look to get back on track when they visit Necaxa in this one. They’ve found goals hard to come by this season, though; they didn’t score in either of their last two games and they’re averaging less than a goal a game overall. They’ll have the advantage of some extra rest for this one, though, as they did not have a midweek game.

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