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.
The Disciplinary Committee has suspended two players in the aftermath of this weekend’s games.
Monarcas Morelia had filed a petition of non-conformity regarding the red card given to Gabriel Achilier, but the petition did not proceed and he was given a one-game suspension for receiving two yellow cards in one game.
Lampos Kontogiannis of Veracruz was given a one-game suspension for the same reason.
Pachuca remained perfect at home this season with a 2-0 victory against 10-man Monarcas Morelia. The result keeps the Tuzos unbeaten in three, while the michoacanos have now lost two in a row and remain winless on the road in the Clausura.
The first half was a hard-fought affair with more fouls than goal-scoring opportunities. Neither team could take control and the most notable chance of the half didn’t come until the very end of it, when Miguel Sansores forced a good save out of Alfonso Blanco.
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.
Atlas took, lost, and regained the lead as they earned a 1-2 away win against Monarcas Morelia. The result gives the Rojinegros back-to-back victories, while the michoacanos are now winless in two.
Both teams came out attacking as they looked to put their mark on the game, and there were chances at either end. Hernán Darío Burbano had the first notable chance for the visitors, while Morelia responded with shots by Sebastián Vegas and Edison Flores.
Monarcas Morelia vs Atlas – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (14th) drew 0-0 with Necaxa last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. Morelia is unbeaten in two overall, though, and they’ll look to keep that streak alive when they return home to the Estadio Morelos for this one. The michoacanos will also look for some more consistent scoring; they’ve managed just three goals in their four league games – although all of those goals have come at home.
As for Atlas (4th), the Rojinegros beat Lobos BUAP 3-1 last weekend to keep them unbeaten in two – and give them their first home win of the season. They did fall at home in midweek, where they lost 1-2 to Pumas UNAM in the Copa MX, but they’ll look to put that result behind them when they return to league play here. Atlas is unbeaten on the road in the Clausura, with a win and a draw, and they’ve also scored multiple goals in three of their four league games; they’ll look to outshoot Morelia’s misfiring attack in this one.
Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Necaxa and Monarcas Morelia played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten, although it ends their perfect start to the season, while the michoacanos are now unbeaten in two.
There were few chances of note in the first half, with the game played largely in midfield. Morelia had one opportunity through Miguel Ángel Sansores, who received the ball at the edge of the six-yard box but couldn’t put it on target, while Necaxa had a pair of chances through Brian Fernández and Fernando González.
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.
Monarcas Morelia earned their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory against Veracruz. The result keeps the Tiburones Rojos winless this season – and leaves them still looking for their first goal.
Morelia came out looking for their first points of the season in front of their home fans, and they had an early opportunity through Edison Flores, who found himself one-on-one with Sebastián Jurado but couldn’t beat the keeper.