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.
Chivas de Guadalajara remained perfect in the Clausura 2019 with a 0-1 away win against Cruz Azul. The result keeps La Máquina winless this season and also marks the first time they’ve lost at home in league play since moving to the Estadio Azteca.
The game started off evenly, with much of the play happening in midfield as neither team was able to take control. It took nearly half an hour for the first clear chance, a header by Jair Pereira that Jesús Corona saved.
Monterrey vs León – Fox Deportes
Monterrey (1st) started their season in style with a 5-0 thumping of Pachuca last weekend. The Rayados will now look to make it two home wins in a row as they aim to remain atop the standings. Monterrey is traditionally hard to beat at home, where they fell just once in the Apertura; with six wins and a draw rounded out their home record. They’ll be looking for similar dominance this season, and they’ll be full of confidence after last weekend’s goal-fest.
As for León (7th), La Fiera gave up a stoppage-time penalty to draw 2-2 with Tigres UANL last weekend. They failed to win in midweek as well, where they fell 0-1 to Alebrijes de Oaxaca in the Copa MX, and they’ll now be looking for their first win in all competitions. Getting that win in the Estadio BBVA Bancomer won’t be an easy feat, but León earned the majority of their points on the road last season and they’ll look to remain a dangerous visiting team in the Clausura.
Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Puebla came back for a 1-1 draw, leaving it honors even as La Máquina and La Franja made their Clausura 2019 debuts.
Despite being the visitors, Cruz Azul started the game off better and took control of the ball early on while Puebla was largely limited to counterattacks – some of them dangerous. Aldhair Molina in particular was a creative outlet for the hosts.
It’s a new year and a new season is just days away, but not everyone in Liga MX is starting the year with a clean slate. The Disciplinary Committee has published the list of players and coaching staff who have pending sanctions to serve at the start of the Clausura 2019, with seven players and one physical trainer set to be sidelined.
The following list shows the club with which the suspensions were received; if the players have changed teams, they will serve the suspension with their new club.
The Apertura 2018 Liga MX season concludes this Sunday as América and Cruz Azul contest the second leg of the Gran Final.
The two played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg on Thursday, which leaves this match as a winner-takes-all affair. Unlike in the prior rounds of the playoffs, away goals are not tiebreakers, nor is seeding. If aggregate remains level, the game will go to extra time and then penalties if needed.
The Apertura 2018 playoffs continue this Thursday with the first leg of the Gran Final between Cruz Azul and América.
The final is a two-legged, home-and-away series (although in this case both legs are being played at the Estadio Azteca, which Cruz Azul has been sharing with América this season) decided by aggregate score.
Unlike in the prior rounds of the playoffs, away goals are not tiebreakers, nor is seeding. If the second leg of the final finishes level on aggregate, the game will go to extra time and then penalties if needed.
Cruz Azul has advanced to the Apertura 2018 Liga MX final after beating Monterrey 1-0 in the second leg of their semifinal series. The 1-0 Cruz Azul win tied the aggregate series score at 1-1; with away goals equal at zero apiece, La Máquina advanced with the higher seed tiebreaker.
It was not an easy victory for Cruz Azul, who were obligated to win this leg after losing on Wednesday night. They came out attacking but were unable to find the breakthrough, while Monterrey suffered a blow with the loss of Roldofo Pizarro to injury in the 36th minute.
Cruz Azul locked up the superlíder position and first seed for the playoffs with a 0-2 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result is a third straight victory for La Máquina, while the michoacanos have lost two of their last three and must now wait on other results to see if they’ll qualify for the Liguilla.
Jesús Corona didn’t travel to Morelia, with coach Pedro Caixinha choosing to rest him after his trip to Argentina with the national team, but backup keeper Guillermo Allison proved up to the task as he repeatedly denied Monarcas to preserve the shut out.
Lobos BUAP took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Cruz Azul came from behind for a 2-1 home victory. The result guarantees La Máquina will finish the weekend in first place, and it also keeps them unbeaten at home this season, while the Licántropos saw their six-game unbeaten streak brought to a halt.
The game started off with a lot of possession for the hosts, but they initially struggled to turn it into dangerous chances. But as the game wore on they found a few opportunities through Elías Hernández and Édgar Méndez, who forced a good save out of Toño Rodríguez to keep the score 0-0.