Lobos BUAP got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory against 10-man Querétaro. The result snaps a four-game winless streak for the Licántropos, while the Gallos Blancos suffered their seventh straight loss as they remain the only team not to register a single point in the Clausura 2019.
The game started off well for the visitors before going rather precipitously downhill. Querétaro took the lead in the 10th minute when Ayron del Valle’s shot from outside the box beat Toño Rodríguez to make it 0-1.
Pumas UNAM vs América – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (15th) beat Querétaro 0-2 last weekend to give them a long-awaited first victory of the Clausura. The universitarios will now look for their first home win when they return to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this rivalry match. Pumas is unbeaten at home, with a string of draws, but they’ll be looking for more in this Clásico Capitalino – especially since they’re facing the team who bounced them out of the playoffs last season with a humiliating 6-1 loss.
As for América (8th), the Águilas fell 0-3 to León last weekend to send them into this rivalry match on the back of a loss. América has alternated wins and losses over the past four weeks, and they’ll hope that pattern means they’ll be due a victory in the Clásico. They’ve been a strong attacking team, scoring two or more goals in every match until last weekend’s, and they’ll look for another goal-filled performance in this one.
Monterrey remained atop the table with a comprehensive 4-0 victory against Lobos BUAP. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten this season, while the Licántropos remain winless in four.
Monterrey started the game off strongly against a Lobos side that has been struggling in recent weeks. Toño Rodríguez was impressive in goal for the visitors, but he could only do so much against the league’s best attack; in the 20th minute, the Rayados opened the scoring.
Querétaro vs Pumas UNAM – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (18th) fell 2-0 to América last weekend to keep them winless and pointless this season. The Gallos Blancos have suffered through five straight losses and have the worst defensive record in the league with 11 goals allowed. They failed to win in midweek as well, where they suffered a 2-3 loss to Zacatepec in the Copa MX, which will not help their confidence at all going into this one.
As for Pumas UNAM (16th), the universitarios drew 1-1 with Monterrey last weekend to keep them winless this season as well – although they also remained unbeaten at home. Pumas did look improved under the direction of new coach Bruno Marioni, though, and they’ll now look for their first win of the season against the league’s basement dwellers. Pumas will also have the advantage of some extra rest as they did not play a midweek game.
Lobos BUAP took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pachuca came back for a 1-1 draw. The result ends the Licántropos’ two-game losing streak but keeps them winless in three, while the Tuzos are now unbeaten in two.
Lobos came out attacking as they looked to make their home field advantage count. In the 8th minute, Michaell Chirinos sent a low shot towards goal that Alfonso Blanco stopped, giving up a rebound that fell to Leonardo Ramos – who couldn’t get his shot on target.
Pumas UNAM vs Monterrey – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (16th) fell 1-0 to Pachuca last weekend, a result that cost coach David Patiño his job. He was replaced by Bruno Marioni, who guided the universitarios to a 1-2 win against Atlas in the Copa MX in midweek, and he’ll now look to get Pumas their first league win of the season when they return home to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this one. They are unbeaten at home, with a pair of draws, and they’ll look to start turning those draws into something more here, but they’ll be facing a tough opponent.
As for Monterrey (1st), the Rayados beat América 3-2 last weekend to keep them unbeaten this season. Monterrey has two wins in a row and the best goal-scoring record in the league, with 12 goals scored through four matches. They’ll look to add to Pumas’ woes with another win in this one, and they are perfect on the road so far this season. They’ll also have the advantage of some extra rest, as they did not have a midweek game. They will be without the suspended Avilés Hurtado for this one, however.
Atlas equaled their win total from all of the Apertura 2018 season just four weeks into the Clausura as they picked up a 3-1 win against Lobos BUAP. The result keeps the Rojinegros unbeaten in two while the Licántropos have now lost two in a row.
Atlas came out attacking as they looked to put their home-field advantage to good use, and they had several early chances, but they were unable to convert them. Lobos grew into the game and soon had chances of their own, with Leonardo Ramos in particular looking dangerous up top.
Veracruz vs Puebla – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Veracruz (17th) fell 2-0 to Monarcas Morelia last weekend to keep them winless this season. The Tiburones Rojos have lost two in a row and have yet to register a goal this season; their already-slim margin of error to avoid relegation is rapidly dwindling away and they need to start picking up points ASAP. They did manage to both score and win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they picked up a 2-0 victory against Lobos BUAP, and they’ll look to build on that result when they return to league play in this one.
As for Puebla (16th), the Poblanos drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to keep them winless this season as well, although they remain unbeaten at home in league play. They fell 1-2 to FC Juárez in the Copa MX in midweek, though, but they’ll look to put that behind them when they visit a vulnerable-looking Veracruz here. Puebla has had some goal-scoring trouble this season – they’re averaging less than a goal a game – but if Veracruz’s own scoring woes continue, all Puebla would need would be one goal.
Lobos BUAP took a 2-0 lead but couldn’t hold it as Necaxa stormed back for a 2-3 away win. The result ends the Licántropos’ perfect start to the season, while the Rayos maintained theirs.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead within the opening minute. Thirty-five seconds after kickoff, Leonardo Ramos bundled the ball home at the far post to make it 1-0 for Lobos.
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.