Clausura 2019 Week 7 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Cruz Azul vs Santos Laguna – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (10th) drew 1-1 with Toluca last weekend to remain winless in two. They’ll look to get back on track when they return home to the Estadio Azteca, the scene of their last league victory, for this one. La Máquina has had some trouble scoring this season, though, with just four goals through six games and just one goal at home. On the other hand, they’re tied for the second-best defensive record in the league with only five goals allowed and three clean sheets. They’ll look to eke out another close win here.

As for Santos Laguna (9th), the Laguneros drew 1-1 with Tijuana last weekend to also remain winless in two. Santos is winless on the road as well, with two losses and a draw on their travels, and they’ll look to change that stat here. Like Cruz Azul, Santos hasn’t been all that prolific in front of goal, and they have yet to score more than one goal in a game. Changing that against Cruz Azul’s stingy defense might prove difficult.

Tigres UANL vs Necaxa – 8:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Tigres UANL (2nd) beat Veracruz 0-2 last weekend to extend their winning streak to three games. The universitarios are just one point out of first place, a particularly impressive feat considering four of their first six games have been on the road. Tigres will look to leapfrog their regional rivals for first place with a home victory in this one. They’re tied for the best defensive record in the league and they also have one of the more prolific attacks, one of five teams to have hit double-digits, which will give them confidence as they look to make it four wins in a row.

As for Necaxa (4th), the Rayos drew 3-3 with Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to keep them unbeaten this season. Necaxa is also perfect on the road to date, but this game will be a tough test if they want to keep either or both of those streaks alive. They have a strong attack, and have managed an impressive seven road goals, and they’ll look to challenge Tigres’ stingy defense in this one.

León vs Toluca – 8:00 PM – ESPN Deportes
León (3rd) beat América 0-3 last weekend to give them three wins in a row. The result also kept León unbeaten on the road. They’ve had mixed success at home, though, with a 1-1-1 record, and they’ll look to improve on that when the return to the Nou Camp for this one. La Fiera has a strong goal-scoring record, and they’ve netted multiple goals in five of their six games to date. They’ll look to keep that streak alive here as they aim to challenge for the top of the table.

As for Toluca (12th), the Diablos Rojos drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul last weekend to keep them winless in four. The draw did end a three-game losing streak, at least, and Toluca will now look to get back to winning ways when they visit León here. The Diablos have found goals hard to come by in recent weeks, however; after netting five in their opening two matches, they’ve found the net just once in the subsequent four. They’ll need to improve on that front while also shutting down their opponent’s prolific attack if they want to end their winless skid.

Chivas de Guadalajara vs Atlas – 10:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Chivas de Guadalajara (5th) drew 3-3 with Necaxa last week to send them into this Clásico Tapatío on the back of a three-game winless streak. Chivas is unbeaten at home, however, with two wins and a draw, and they’ll look to put their home-field advantage to good use in this rivalry match. They’re tied for the best defensive record in the league with only four goals allowed, and they’ve kept clean sheets in four of their six games to date.

As for Atlas (6th), the Rojinegros are coming off a 1-2 loss to Puebla last weekend, a result that ended a three-game unbeaten run. Atlas is still unbeaten on the road, though, with two wins and a draw, and they’ll look for another away win when they face their rivals in this one. They’ll be very aware of the fact that they would leapfrog Chivas in the standings with a victory here, but they haven’t had the best defensive record this season; they’re tied for the third-most goals allowed in the league.


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