The hosts came out with a high press as they looked to surprise Monterrey, but they couldn’t do much to trouble Marcelo Barovero in goal. The pressure did keep the Rayados from mounting any incisive attacks of their own, however, despite attempts by Dorlan Pabón and Avilés Hurtado to get the offense into gear.
In a game where both teams had the lead at one time or another, Monterrey scored late to earn a 2-3 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten this season and at the top of the table, while the michoacanos have now lost three in a row and are winless in four.
The game started off well for the visitors, who had the first good chance in just the 5th minute. Rogelio Funes Mori sent a header towards goal, but Mario Osuna was there to clear it off the line.
Monarcas Morelia vs Monterrey – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (16th) fell 2-0 to Pachuca last weekend to give them two losses in a row and keep them winless in three, as well as winless on the road this season. The michoacanos will now look to get back on track when they return home to the Estadio Morelos, but they’ll be facing the league leaders in this one. Morelia has struggled to score this season, averaging less than a goal per game, but on the other hand all four of their goals have come at home.
As for Monterrey (1st), the Rayados beat Lobos BUAP 4-0 last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. They have the best goal-scoring record in the league as well, averaging close to three goals per game, and they’ll look for another big win in this one. Monterrey’s schedule has been very home-heavy so far, with just two away games out of six, but facing one of the teams propping up the table is unlikely to test their ability to win on the road as well. They do need to win this one to guarantee they’ll hold on to first place, though.
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.
Monterrey took the lead but couldn’t hold it as 10-man Pumas UNAM fought back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Rayados unbeaten in the Clausura, while the universitarios remain winless – although they are unbeaten at home.
Pumas, under the direction of new coach Bruno Marioni, were looking to get their first victory of the season, and they started the game off well, controlling possession and creating a few chances. But the afternoon took a turn for the worse for the hosts in the 25th minute, when Luis Quintana was sent off for a foul on Rogelio Funes Mori just outside the box.
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.
The Committee received three petitions of nonconformity regarding the red cards given to América’s Jorge Sánchez and Monterrey’s Avilés Hurtado and Nicolás Sánchez during the eventful game between the two sides this past Saturday.
In a wild game that finished 9 vs 9, Monterrey pulled out a 3-2 win against América to remain unbeaten this season. The result lifts the Rayados to first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – while the Águilas suffered their first loss of the Clausura.
The game appeared to start off miserably for the Rayados, with Avilés Hurtado earning a straight red card in just the 5th minute of the match following a collision with Agustín Marchesín. Referee Fernando Guerrero initially waved the play off, but after consulting VAR, Hurtado was ejected.
Cruz Azul vs Tijuana – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes / ESPN Deportes
Cruz Azul (9th) beat Tigres UANL 0-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. La Máquina are still winless at home, though, which they’ll look to change in this one. Their games have all been close this season, with Cruz Azul neither scoring nor allowing more than a single goal per game – although they did score twice in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat Alebrijes de Oaxaca 1-2.
As for Tijuana (12th), the Xolos beat León 0-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season as well. That game also gave the Xolos their first points, their first clean sheet, and their first goal, and they’ll look to replicate those stats in this one. They fell in the Copa MX in midweek, however, losing 2-1 to Pachuca, but they’ll look to set that aside and return their focus to league play in this one.