Clausura 2019 Week 7 Preview: Friday’s Games

Monarcas Morelia vs Monterrey – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (16th) fell 2-0 to Pachuca last weekend to give them two losses in a row and keep them winless in three, as well as winless on the road this season. The michoacanos will now look to get back on track when they return home to the Estadio Morelos, but they’ll be facing the league leaders in this one. Morelia has struggled to score this season, averaging less than a goal per game, but on the other hand all four of their goals have come at home.

As for Monterrey (1st), the Rayados beat Lobos BUAP 4-0 last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. They have the best goal-scoring record in the league as well, averaging close to three goals per game, and they’ll look for another big win in this one. Monterrey’s schedule has been very home-heavy so far, with just two away games out of six, but facing one of the teams propping up the table is unlikely to test their ability to win on the road as well. They do need to win this one to guarantee they’ll hold on to first place, though.

Puebla vs Pachuca – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (11th) beat Atlas 1-2 last weekend to give them two wins in their last three. The Poblanos are winless at home, though, where they’ve recorded two draws and a loss, and they’ll look to change that in this one as they face a team that’s winless on the road. Puebla has at least managed to score in all of their home games, but they need their defense to start making those goals stand up.

As for Pachuca (7th), the Tuzos beat Monarcas Morelia 2-0 last weekend to remain perfect at home this season. They’ve picked up just one point from their three road matches, though, but they’ll look to change that here against a team that’s struggling at home. Pachuca will also be looking for more consistent goal-scoring here: they’ve scored just once on their travels this season.

Tijuana vs Veracruz – 10:00 PM – Fox Deportes
Tijuana (13th) drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to remain unbeaten in two. The Xolos have had a very road-heavy start to the season, and they’ll look to rack up a few more points when they return home to the Estadio Caliente for this one. They won their last home game and will look to make it two in a row when they face off against a struggling Veracruz here.

As for Veracruz (17th), the Tiburones Rojos fell 0-2 to Tigres UANL last weekend to keep them winless this season. Veracruz also has yet to score a single goal through their first six games. On the other hand, they’ve done marginally better on the road in the Clausura, where they managed to pick up their lone two points with a pair of 0-0 draws. Their defense has actually been fairly good, allowing just a goal a game on average, but if they can’t start scoring that hardly matters. The Tiburones Rojos are in serious relegation danger, and it seems like just a matter of time until it becomes a mathematical certainty.

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