Pumas UNAM vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (13th) fell 2-1 to Necaxa last weekend to give them their first loss of the Clausura. That result also keeps the universitarios winless in league play. They did win the Copa MX, however, where they picked up a 0-2 win against Leones Negros on Wednesday night. They’ll look to build on that result when they return home to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this one, but Pumas wasn’t particularly successful at home last season, earning just two wins in eight games.
As for Atlas (8th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to América last weekend to give them their first loss of the Clausura. Atlas is unbeaten on the road so far this season, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways in this one. They’ve already earned more points on the road this season than they did in the entirety of the Apertura, and they’ll hope to take advantage of Pumas’ home inconsistencies. They’ll also have the advantage of not having played a midweek game.
Querétaro vs Monterrey – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (17th) fell 3-0 to Pachuca last weekend to give them two losses in a row. The Gallos Blancos are also tied for the worst defensive record in the league, having given up multiple goals in both of their league games to date, while having managed to score just one of their own. Querétaro didn’t have a good outing in midweek either, as they suffered a 1-3 loss to Dorados de Sinaloa in the Copa MX. They will also be without the suspended Daniel Villalva for this one.
As for Monterrey (4th), the Rayados drew 2-2 with León last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. They’ll look to keep that streak alive when they hit the road for the first time in the Clausura, and they’ll have the advantage of not having played a midweek game. Monterrey is also the highest-scoring team in the league to date, with seven goals, which doesn’t bode well for Querétaro’s porous defense.
Monarcas Morelia vs Veracruz – 10:00 PM
Monarcas Morelia (16th) fell 1-0 to Santos Laguna last weekend to keep the michoacanos winless this season. They’ll look to rectify that when they return home to the Estadio Morelos for this one, but they had a distinctly mixed home record last season, going 3-2-3 and also managing just nine goals in those eight matches. But Morelia will be facing a vulnerable opponent in this one, and they’ll also have the advantage of not having played a midweek game. The pressure will be on for La Monarquia to get a win in this one.
As for Veracruz (14th), the Tiburones Rojos fell 0-1 to Lobos BUAP last weekend to keep them winless in the Clausura. That loss also dealt a serious blow to Veracruz’s hopes of avoiding relegation, and they’ll be desperate to start winning. To do that, they’ll also need to start scoring; the Tiburones have yet to manage a goal in league play. They failed to score in midweek as well, where they suffered a 2-0 loss to Mineros in the Copa MX.
Santos Laguna wrapped up the second week of the Clausura 2019 season with a 1-0 victory against Monarcas Morelia. The result gives the Laguneros their first win, while the michoacanos have now lost two in a row.
The hosts started the game off with more possession, but Morelia was well-organized defensively and Santos couldn’t break them down, despite some early opportunities from Eduar Preciado and Emanuel Loeschbor.
Toluca moved into first place in the table with a 2-0 win against 10-man Puebla. The result is a second straight win for the Diablos Rojos, while the Poblanos remain winless in the young Clausura 2019 season.
The hosts started the game off stronger and kept the ball in Puebla’s defensive third, but they were unable to open the scoring. Puebla slowly grew into the game and leveled it out, although they also struggled to find that final incisive play.