Cruz Azul vs León – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (2nd) drew 1-1 with Tijuana last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. The draw did bring La Máquina’s perfect run to a halt, however, although they got back to winning ways in midweek with a 2-0 victory against Zacatepec in the Copa MX. Cruz Azul is still perfect at home and they’ll look for another win in this one. They’ve also conceded just one goal this season, and that came while they were playing with just 10 men. They will be without the suspended Pablo Aguilar for this one, though.
As for León (11th), La Fiera beat Querétaro 4-0 last weekend to earn their first win of the season. They followed that up with a 2-1 win against Mineros in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll look to keep that good run of form going here against a tough opponent. León has been on a goal-scoring streak as of late and they’ll look to test Cruz Azul’s defensive record in this one.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspendd four players and an assistant coach in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 4 games.
Tigres UANL and Cruz Azul both filed petitions of non-conformity regarding the red cards given to Guido Pizarro and Pablo Aguilar, respectively, but both were denied. The two were given one-game suspensions, Pizarro for violent conduct and Aguilar for receiving two yellow cards in the same game.
América remained perfect at home this season with a 3-0 victory against 10-man Monterrey. The result give the Águilas a three-game winning streak, while the Rayados saw their perfect start to the season come to an end.
The game started off at a measured pace, with both sides studying their opponent. Neither team took control, and it was ultimately a defensive error that allowed América to open the scoring. Monterrey lost the ball while trying to play out of the back and Roger Martínez pounced to make it 1-0 in the 23rd minute.
Lobos BUAP vs Atlas – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Lobos BUAP (12th) fell 1-0 to Necaxa last weekend to remain winless on the road this season. The Licantropos’ lone win of the Apertura came at home, and they’ll look for a repeat performance as they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos have one of the better defensive records to date, but they’ve also struggled for goals. They’ll look for their attack to come to life here. Lobos will also have the advantage of being better rested as they did not have a midweek game.
As for Atlas (17th), the Rojinegros fell 0-3 to Pumas UNAM last weekend to keep them winless this season. Atlas also has yet to score a goal in league play, although they did manage a 2-2 draw with Cruz Azul in the Copa MX in midweek. Atlas has had problems at both ends of the field; in addition to the worst attacking record, they’re died for the worst defensive record as well, having conceded six goals to date. Atlas will look to turn things around with an away win – or at least a goal – in this one.
Querétaro took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Monterrey came back for a 2-1 win. The result keeps the Rayados perfect this season, while the Gallos Blancos saw their own unbeaten start to the Apertura ended.
Monterrey came out attacking and Tiago Volpi had to be alert early on to keep José María Basanta from opening the scoring. A corner kick nearly gave the Rayados the breaktrhough, but Luis Romo and Miguel Ángel Samudio were able to clear the ball off the line to keep it 0-0.
Necaxa vs Lobos BUAP – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Necaxa (11th) fell 5-3 to Pumas UNAM last weekend to give them their first loss of the young season. The Rayos will look to get back on track when they return home for this one, and they did earn a 1-0 win against TM Fútbol Club in the Copa MX in midweek. Necaxa’s defense will need to be better, though; last week’s shellacking means the Rayos currently have the worst defensive record in the league.
As for Lobos BUAP (8th), the Licántropos beat Veracruz 2-0 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. Lobos are still winless on the road, though, and they’ll look to change that here. They’ll have the advantage of being better-rested than Necaxa, as Lobos did not have a midweek game. They’ve also scored in both their games to date and they’ll look to give Necaxa’s defense another difficult outing in this one.
Monterrey earned a 0-2 away win against 9-man León to keep the Rayados perfect in the Apertura 2018. The result is a second straight loss for La Fiera, who are currently penultimate in the table.
Pre-game incidents cast a shadow on the game as fights between León and Monterrey fans ended up with authorities detaining 29 people. Liga MX posted a statement condemning such behavior and reminding fans that “safe stadiums are everyone’s responsibility”.
Pumas UNAM vs Necaxa – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (2nd) picked up a 0-2 away win against Veracruz last weekend, but the universitarios fell 1-2 to TM Fútbol Club in the Copa MX in midweek. They’ll now look to get back to winning ways in their first home game of the season here. Pumas had an indifferent home record last season though, with the fewest home points of any of the playoff teams; they’ll look for a stronger showing in the Estadio Olímpico Universitario this time out.
As for Necaxa (6th), the Rayos earned a 2-1 win against América last weekend and they’ll look to make it two in a row when they hit the road for this one. Necaxa was a good away team last season, losing just once in nine outings, and they’ll have the advantage of extra rest in this one as unlike Pumas they did not play in midweek.
Diego Alonso got his tenure as Monterrey coach off to a winning start when he returned to the Estadio Hidalgo to face his former team, with the Rayados earning a 0-1 victory against Pachuca in their Apertura 2018 debut.
The visitors started the game off attacking as they kept up a high press, with ex-Pachuca players Jonathan Urretaviscaya and Rodolfo Pizarro looking dangerous together. The Tuzos created some chances of their own, but they were unable to really trouble Marcelo Barovero in goal.