Pumas UNAM vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (2nd) earned a come-from-behind 2-3 away win against Pachuca last weekend, and they’ll look to keep the momentum going with another win when they return home for this one. The universitarios will be inspired after last week’s win, where they came from two goals down to earn a victory, and they’ll be more rested than their opponent as they did not have a midweek game.
As for Atlas (16th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to León last weekend and then followed that up with a 0-1 loss to Veracruz in the Copa MX in midweek. Atlas will look to turn things around here when they go on the road, and they did have a marginally better road record than home record last season. Nevertheless, back-to-back losses with just one goal scored between them won’t have done much for Atlas’s confidence.
Lobos BUAP vs Querétaro – 6:00 PM
Lobos BUAP (18th) fell 4-2 to Santos Laguna last weekend and will now be looking to earn their first points of the season when they return home in this one. With both Lobos and Querétaro very much involved in the relegation fight, earning points in this game takes on added importance for both teams.
As for Querétaro (17th), the Gallos Blancos fell 0-1 to América last weekend and now will be on the road as they look for their first points – and their first goals. They’ll look to take advantage of Lobos’ defensive woes here as they try to open up some breathing room for themselves in the relegation fight; they are currently penultimate in the Tabla de Cociente.
Monarcas Morelia vs Puebla – 10:00 PM
Monarcas Morelia (6th) drew 1-1 with Monterrey last weekend, and La Monarquía will now look for their first win of the season when they return home to the Estadio Morelos. Morelia did win in midweek, where they beat Cimarrones 3-0 in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to build on that here as they seek to remain unbeaten in all competitions.
As for Puebla (4th), the Poblanos earned a surprise 2-1 win against reigning champions Tigres UANL last weekend. Puebla is on the fringes of the relegation fight, as they sit 15th in the Tabla de Cociente but have a comfortable cushion between themselves and last-place Veracruz. Nevertheless, they will want to keep the momentum going and divorce themselves completely from the relegation conversation with a few more wins. They will be more rested than their opponent as they did not have a midweek game.
Toluca vs Querétaro – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Toluca (4th) drew 0-0 with Santos Laguna last weekend to remain unbeaten in two but winless on the road this season. The Diablos Rojos will look to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio Nemesio Diez, where they are unbeaten in the Apertura. Toluca has been inconsistent this season, though; they’ve scored three goals in multiple games but have also been shutout four times; they’ve posted four clean sheets but have also given up four goals in one game.
As for Querétaro (12th), the Gallos Blancos fell 1-2 to León last weekend to remain winless in four. They’re unbeaten on the road this season, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they visit Toluca in this one. Querétaro is averaging less than a goal a game, but they’ll look to take advantage of Toluca’s inconsistent defending here.
Cruz Azul vs Santos Laguna – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Cruz Azul (7th) drew 0-0 with Puebla last weekend to remain unbeaten this season but also winless in three. La Máquina has three times as many draws as wins in the Apertura – six and two, respectively – and they need to start picking up all three points if they want to stay in the top eight. They do have the second-best defensive record in the league, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio Azul for this one.
As for Santos Laguna (14th), the Laguneros drew 0-0 with Toluca last weekend to remain unbeaten in three but also winless at home this season. Their lone win of the Apertura came on the road, and they’ll look for another one here. They picked up an away win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat FC Juárez 0-3.
Monarcas Morelia vs Tigres UANL – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (6th) beat Lobos BUAP 1-3 last weekend to give La Monarquía three wins in a row. They won in the Copa MX in midweek as well with a 2-1 victory against Necaxa. Morelia will look to keep that streak alive when they return to the Estadio Morelos, where they have had mixed results this season – one win, one loss, and two draws.
As for Tigres UANL (5th), the universitarios did not play last weekend as their Jornada 8 game against Atlas was postponed. In their last league match, Tigres beat Lobos BUAP 3-2, a result that kept them unbeaten at home this season and unbeaten in three overall. They did lose in midweek, however, as they fell 1-3 to Zacatepec in the Copa MX.
Pumas UNAM vs Tijuana – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (16th) fell 1-0 to Veracruz last weekend to extend their losing streak to three games and keep them winless on the road this season. The universitarios will look to get back to winning ways when they return home in this one, although they’ll be without the suspended Jesús Gallardo. Pumas have had some trouble in front of goal this season; they’re averaging less than a goal a game overall and even at home they haven’t been prolific, with four goals in three games.
As for Tijuana (7th), the Xolos beat Pachuca 2-1 last time out to extend their winning streak to three games and their unbeaten streak to four. They’ll look to keep that streak alive when they face a struggling Pumas side in this one. Tijuana has a two-game road unbeaten streak going and they’ve really found their footing in recent weeks after a slow start to the season.
Lobos BUAP vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:00 PM – Lobos BUAP TV
Lobos BUAP (12th) fell 3-2 to Tigres UANL last time out to extend their winless streak to four games. The licántropos have slipped down the Tabla de Cociente as a result and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return home for this one. They will be without the suspended Eduardo Tercero, however. Nevertheless, Lobos have one of the best attacking records in the league (averaging two goals a game) and if they can improve defensively they’ll be well-positioned to get a good result.
As for Monarcas Morelia (9th), the michoacanos beat América 2-0 last time out to give them back-to-back victories. Morelia will look to build on that and extend their winning streak to three when they face the vulnerable Lobos in this one. Morelia has had mixed results on the road, though, where they are 1-1-1 this season.
Puebla vs Cruz Azul – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (18th) fell 2-1 to Toluca last time out to send the Poblanos into last place in the table. Puebla has lost their last two and is winless at home this season with two draws and a loss. Also of concern to Puebla is their position in the Tabla de Cociente that controls relegation; another loss here could see them fall as low as 16th. A combination of an anemic offense (four goals scored) and a leaky defense (12 goals allowed) has kept Puebla struggling, and they need to right the ship as soon as possible.
As for Cruz Azul (6th), La Máquina drew 1-1 with Monterrey last time out to remain unbeaten this season. They have just two wins to their name, though, with their other five games all ending in draws. They’ll look to keep their unbeaten streak alive and get back to winning ways when they take on a struggling Puebla side in this one.
Toluca vs Necaxa – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Toluca (3rd) drew 0-0 with Cruz Azul last weekend to remain unbeaten this season but end their two-game winning streak. The Diablos Rojos did win in midweek, though, with a 1-2 victory against Dorados de Sinaloa in the Copa MX. They are perfect at home to date, with two wins in two games, and they’ll look for another victory in the Estadio Nemesio Diez in this one.
As for Necaxa (5th), the Rayos fell 0-3 to León last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. They rebounded in midweek with a 4-0 victory against Mineros de Zacatecas in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to get back on track in league play here. Necaxa remains unbeaten on the road this season, but continuing that streak in the Nemesio Diez could be a tough ask.