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.
Atlas missed a penalty and América made one as the Águilas picked up a 0-1 win despite finishing the game with just 10 men. The loss is a second straight one for the Rojinegros, while América has now won three in a row.
Atlas players all wore “Márquez 4” jerseys in the pregame ceremonies in a show of support for their captain, Rafa Márquez, who has been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury for alleged drug trafficking ties. Márquez has categorically denied the accusations and Atlas has given him a leave of absence while he deals with the situation.
Puebla vs Tijuana – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (16th) fell 2-0 to Veracruz last weekend to keep them winless this season. The Poblanos earned their lone point to date at home in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc and they’ll look to build on that to get their first victory when they return home for this one. They’ll be without the suspended Pablo Cáceres, though. In addition, they’ve scored just once in three games while allowing seven goals – and both of those stats will need to be improved upon if they want to get that first win. Puebla will take heart, however, that they’re facing another struggling team in this one.
As for Tijuana (18th), the Xolos fell 0-3 to Monterrey last weekend to remain winless, goalless, and pointless in league play this season. They couldn’t win in midweek, either, as they drew 1-1 with Atlante in the Copa MX. They did at least score in that game, though, and they’ll look to take advantage of Puebla’s porous defense to find their first league goal in this one. The Xolos need to earn something here if they want to avoid spending another week in last place in the table.
Toluca came from behind twice to beat Atlas 3-2, with the Diablos Rojos taking the lead for the first time in the 85th minute. The result keeps Toluca unbeaten this season while the Rojinegros saw their two-game winning streak ended.
The game started well for the visitors, who were looking to remain top of the table. In the 23rd minute, Matías Alustiza sent the ball in for Juan Vigón, whose header beat goalkeeper Luis García to give Atlas the 0-1 lead.
Toluca vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Toluca (6th) beat León 3-1 last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. They won in midweek as well, with a 3-0 victory against Dorados de Sinaloa 3-0. The Diablos Rojos will look to keep that winning streak alive against one of the league’s two perfect teams in this one.
As for Atlas (1st), the Rojinegros beat Pumas UNAM 2-1 last weekend to remain perfect in league play. They are pefect in all competitions, actually, after earning a 0-1 away win against América in the Copa MX in midweek. Atlas will look to keep that winning streak alive – and remain top of the table – when they take on Toluca here.
Alebrijes de Oaxaca 1-0 Veracruz (Group 6)
Alebrijes de Oaxaca earned their first victory of the Copa MX with a 1-0 win against Veracruz. The Tiburones Rojos had the first chance of the game, with a dangerous cross into the box that David Álvarez very nearly deflected into his own net. After that, though, the hosts took control and Rodrigo Noya opened the scoring for Oaxaca in the 33rd minute.
In the second half, Alebrijes sat back to defend their lead, ceding more of the ball to the visitors. Veracruz was unable to do much with their possession, however, while Oaxaca looked dangerous on the counter. In the end, the lone goal was enough for the hosts.
With the 1-0 win, Alebrijes reach three points while Veracruz still has zero.
Atlas came from behind to beat Pumas UNAM 2-1. The Rojinegros now have a two-game winning streak to start the season, while the universitarios suffered their first loss of the Apertura.
The game looked to have started perfectly for the visitors, with Pumas opening the scoring less than two minutes in. Abraham González slipped in behind the defense to stab home a low cross and make it 0-1 for UNAM.
Puebla vs Monarcas Morelia – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (18th) had a dreadful start to the Apertura season as they suffered a 5-0 loss to León. The Poblanos will look to rebound from that in their first home game, but they will have to do so without the suspended Pablo Míguez. Puebla did pick up a win in midweek, though, where they beat Atlante 1-0 in the Copa MX.
As for Monarcas Morelia (12th), the michoacanos drew 0-0 with Monterrey in their season opener and will also be looking for their first league win of the season in this one. Like Puebla, Morelia picked up a win in their midweek Copa MX game, a 2-1 victory against Mineros. That game, like Morelia’s league opener, was at home, and they will look to keep their unbeaten streak alive in their first road game here.
Puebla 1-0 Atlante (Group 4)
Puebla beat Atlante 1-0 in the opening game of Group 4 thanks to a penalty kick late in the first half. The hosts started the game off well and could have opened the scoring in the very first minute when Gabriel Esparza found himself unmarked in the box with the ball, but he couldn’t put his shot on target.
Then, in the 41st minute, Gabriel España was called for a handball in the box. Carlos Salom stepped up to take the penalty kick and he converted it to give Puebla the 1-0 lead. The Poblanos had chances to add to their lead in the second half, but the final touch was lacking. Atlante did little to threaten a tying goal and in the end the PK was enough for Puebla.
With the 1-0 win, Puebla reaches three points while Atlante still has zero.
An early goal put Atlas in front and they ran out to a 0-3 away win after León went down to 10 men in the second half.
The game started perfectly for the visitors, who opened the scoring just three minutes in. Brayan Garnica beat his defender and sent a cross into the box for Juan Pablo Vigón, whose header bounced past William Yarbrough to make it 0-1.