Toluca vs Necaxa – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Toluca (3rd) drew 0-0 with Cruz Azul last weekend to remain unbeaten this season but end their two-game winning streak. The Diablos Rojos did win in midweek, though, with a 1-2 victory against Dorados de Sinaloa in the Copa MX. They are perfect at home to date, with two wins in two games, and they’ll look for another victory in the Estadio Nemesio Diez in this one.
As for Necaxa (5th), the Rayos fell 0-3 to León last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. They rebounded in midweek with a 4-0 victory against Mineros de Zacatecas in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to get back on track in league play here. Necaxa remains unbeaten on the road this season, but continuing that streak in the Nemesio Diez could be a tough ask.
Lobos BUAP vs América – 6:00 PM
Lobos BUAP (4th) fell 2-0 to Pumas UNAM to end their unbeaten start to the Apertura 2017. The licántropos are still unbeaten at home, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos have the best attacking record in the league and they’ll look to show that last weekend’s shutout loss was just an anomaly.
As for América (2nd), the Águilas beat Atlas 0-1 last weekend to give them three wins in a row. They won in midweek as well, with a come-from-behind 2-3 away victory against Potros UAEM in the Copa MX. América is perfect on the road this season and they’ll look to keep that streak alive in their visit to the newly-promoted side. They have one of the best defensive records in the league and they’ll look to shutout Lobos’ high-flying attack here. They will, however, be without the suspended Bruno Valdez.
Monarcas Morelia vs Pachuca – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (14th) fell 2-1 to Querétaro last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. The michoacanos remain winless in the Apertura, with last weekend’s loss ending a run of draws. They’ll look to finally get that elusive first victory when they return home to the Estadio Morelos for this one, but they have one of the lowest-scoring attacks in the league and have managed just one goal in their two home games to date.
As for Pachuca (15th), the Tuzos beat Tigres UANL 2-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. Pachuca also won in midweek, where they beat Querétaro 0-1 in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to keep that streak alive in this one. The Tuzos have also had some trouble in front of goal this season, but they’ll look to take advantage of another struggling team in this one.
Necaxa 4-0 Mineros de Zacatecas (Group 9)
Necaxa remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a comprehensive 4-0 win against Mineros de Zacatecas. The result leaves Mineros winless in the competition. The Rayos took an early lead and never looked back, with Martín Barragán finishing off a low cross from Daniel Álvarez in the third minute to make it 1-0. Then, in the 7th minute, Necaxa earned a penalty kick after Víctor Dávila was fouled in the box. Barragán took and converted the spot kick to make it 2-0.
Mineros tried to overcome the early deficit, but the chances did not go their way. The visitors had a golden opportunity to get back into the game with a penalty of their own, but Roberto Nurse saw his PK saved by Aarón Fernández. Then in the second half, Necaxa put the game completely out of reach. Dávila scored a volley to make it 3-0 and then Dieter Villalpando scored direct from a free kick to make it 4-0 in the 74th.
With the 4-0 win, Necaxa reaches seven points while Mineros still have zero.
Celaya 0-1 Monterrey (Group 2)
Monterrey remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a 0-1 away win against Celaya. The result leaves Celaya winless in this competition. The game started out evenly, with possession shared and few clear chances at either end. In the 36th minute, Ángel Reyna came close to opening the scoring for the hosts, but he was denied by the post.
The pace picked up a bit in the second half, and Monterrey began to look the better side, particularly once Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón, and Carlos Sánchez were subbed on. In the 71st minute, the Rayados took the lead after Funes Mori finished off a rebound from close range to make it 0-1.
With the 0-1 win, Monterrey reaches seven points while Celaya still has one.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended two players and a coach and opened an investigation into another coach in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 4 games.
The standout suspension goes to Chivas de Guadalajara coach Matías Almeyda, who will miss the next two games. He was given a one-game suspension for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions and another for not leaving the field and/or tunnel area after being ejected.