Chivas de Guadalajara earned their first victory of the Apertura 2018 season with a 0-2 away win against 10-man Veracruz. The result ends a two-game unbeaten streak for the Tiburones Rojos and keeps them winless at home this season.
The game started off slightly in Veracruz’s favor, but the hosts couldn’t keep possession and before long it was Chivas looking the better side. It took El Rebaño just 11 minutes to take the lead, with Eduardo López’s right-footed shot taking a deflection to beat Pedro Gallese and make it 0-1.
Veracruz vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 8:00 PM – Unimás
Veracruz (13th) beat Puebla 1-2 last weekend to keep the Tiburones Rojos unbeaten in two. They’re still at the bottom of the relegation standings, though – and they’re still winless at home. Their poor home form continued in midweek, where they suffered a 0-3 loss to América in the Copa MX. They’ve had some trouble scoring – they’re averaging just a goal a game – but they’re facing another struggling team in this one and they’ll look to get on track with a home win here.
As for Chivas de Guadalajara (17th), El Rebaño fell 1-2 to Santos Laguna last weekend to remain winless in league play this season. They did pick up a win in the Copa MX in midweek, with a 1-0 victory against Alebrijes de Oaxaca, and they’ll look to carry that form over into this one. Their lone point of the Apertura came on the road and they’ll look to take advantage of another team with home woes in this one.
Chivas de Guadalajara took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Santos Laguna came back for a 1-2 win. The result keeps El Rebaño winless this season while the Laguneros have now won two in a row.
Chivas came out attacking as they looked to end a long run of poor results at home. They had the first good chance of the game in the 6th minute, when Jesús Godínez sent a hard shot towards goal, but Jonathan Orozco was able to make the save.
Pumas UNAM vs Pachuca – 5:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (1st) beat Atlas 3-0 last weekend to remain perfect this season. The universitarios did stumble in midweek, however, where they suffered a 1-3 loss to Necaxa in the Copa MX. Pumas will look to set that aside and refocus on league play here as they aim to extend their unbeaten start to the season and remain in first place. They have the best goalscoring record in the league with an impressive 10 goals from just three games, and they’ll look for more goals against a struggling team in this one.
As for Pachuca (18th), the Tuzos fell 1-3 to América last weekend to keep them winless this season. Pachuca has yet to pick up even a single point in league play, and they’ve only scored one goal – a penalty. The Tuzos are getting increasingly desperate to get their season on track, but an away game against the league leaders is not the ideal place to pick up a victory. They’ll hope to be underestimated here in search of a surprise win, and they’ll have the slight advantage of being a bit fresher after not having played a midweek game.
Toluca and Chivas de Guadalajara both had the lead at one time or another, but in the end they had to settle for a 2-2 draw in this game that finished 10 vs 10. The result keeps the Diablos Rojos unbeaten at home this season, while El Rebaño remains winless.
The game started off brightly for the hosts, with Toluca taking the lead in just the 3rd minute. Rubens Sambueza played in Alexis Vega, and he beat goalkeeper Raúl Gudiño to make it 1-0 early on.
Toluca vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 1:00 PM – Univision
Toluca (7th) fell 2-1 to Puebla last weekend to give them their first loss of the season. They followed that up with a 2-3 loss to FC Juárez in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways here when they return home to the Estadio Nemesio Diez. The Diablos Rojos are generally hard to beat at home, and they started their season off well with a 2-0 home victory that they’ll look to replicate here.
As for Chivas de Guadalajara (15th), El Rebano fell 0-1 to Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to keep them winless this season. Chivas has had a terrible time at home as of late – although they did pick up a 3-2 home win against Morelia in the Copa MX in midweek – and they’ll look for a better result on the road in this one. Chivas has scored just once so far and they’ll need their attack to pick up the pace if they want to get their first league win here.
Cruz Azul remained top of the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with a 0-1 away win against Chivas de Guadalajara. The result extends El Rebaño’s long home winless streak, with Chivas last earning all three points in the Estadio Akron back in October 2017, while La Máquina have now won two in a row to start the season.
The game took place in a downpour in Guadalajara, which caused the kickoff to be delayed by about 25 minutes. The field was covered in patches of standing water, which resulted in a choppy, sloppy game.