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Apertura 2018 Week 5 Preview: Sunday’s Games

Toluca vs Tijuana – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Toluca (6th) beat Tigres UANL 1-2 last weekend to remain unbeaten in two. The Diablos Rojos are also unbeaten at home and they’ll look for another win as they return to the Estadio Nemesio Diez for this one. Toluca has been a consistent attacking threat in the Apertura, scoring at least once in every game, although they’ve been somewhat up-and-down defensively.

As for Tijuana (10th), the Xolos drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul last weekend to keep them winless in three. They did win in midweek, though, where they earned a 3-1 victory against FC Juárez in the Copa MX. The Xolos have only had one road game this season, which they lost back in Jornada 2. They’ll look for a better road result in this one, but Toluca is a tough team to play at home.

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Apertura 2018 Week 5 Preview: Saturday’s Games

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.

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Apertura 2018 Week 5 Preview: Friday’s Games

Veracruz vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 8:00 PM – Unimás
Veracruz (13th) beat Puebla 1-2 last weekend to keep the Tiburones Rojos unbeaten in two. They’re still at the bottom of the relegation standings, though – and they’re still winless at home. Their poor home form continued in midweek, where they suffered a 0-3 loss to América in the Copa MX. They’ve had some trouble scoring – they’re averaging just a goal a game – but they’re facing another struggling team in this one and they’ll look to get on track with a home win here.

As for Chivas de Guadalajara (17th), El Rebaño fell 1-2 to Santos Laguna last weekend to remain winless in league play this season. They did pick up a win in the Copa MX in midweek, with a 1-0 victory against Alebrijes de Oaxaca, and they’ll look to carry that form over into this one. Their lone point of the Apertura came on the road and they’ll look to take advantage of another team with home woes in this one.

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Apertura 2018 Week 4 Preview: Sunday’s Games

Pumas UNAM vs Pachuca – 5:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (1st) beat Atlas 3-0 last weekend to remain perfect this season. The universitarios did stumble in midweek, however, where they suffered a 1-3 loss to Necaxa in the Copa MX. Pumas will look to set that aside and refocus on league play here as they aim to extend their unbeaten start to the season and remain in first place. They have the best goalscoring record in the league with an impressive 10 goals from just three games, and they’ll look for more goals against a struggling team in this one.

As for Pachuca (18th), the Tuzos fell 1-3 to América last weekend to keep them winless this season. Pachuca has yet to pick up even a single point in league play, and they’ve only scored one goal – a penalty. The Tuzos are getting increasingly desperate to get their season on track, but an away game against the league leaders is not the ideal place to pick up a victory. They’ll hope to be underestimated here in search of a surprise win, and they’ll have the slight advantage of being a bit fresher after not having played a midweek game.

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Apertura 2018 Week 4 Preview: Saturday’s Games

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.

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Apertura 2018 Week 4 Preview: Friday’s Games

Puebla vs Veracruz – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (13th) fell 2-0 to Santos Laguna last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. The Poblanos have yet to register a point – or a goal – as the visiting team; on the other hand, they’re perfect at home, albeit they’ve only had one game in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc so far in the Apertura. Puebla will look for another home win in this one as they look to climb up the table. A win here would be particularly valuable as they’re facing a relegation rival. They’re tied for the worst defensive record in the league, though, so they’ll need a better effort in the back if they want to get their second win of the season here.

As for Veracruz (15th), the Tiburones Rojos drew 2-2 with Monarcas Morelia last weekend to remain winless this season. The draw did give them their first point of the Apertura, though, and they also found the back of the net for the first time this season. Veracruz will look for their first win here as they look to take advantage of Puebla’s porous defense. On the other hand, Veracruz’s defense hasn’t been any better, and they’ll need to shore things up defensively if they want to make their goals stand up this week.

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Apertura 2018 Week 3 Preview: Sunday’s Games

Toluca vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 1:00 PM – Univision
Toluca (7th) fell 2-1 to Puebla last weekend to give them their first loss of the season. They followed that up with a 2-3 loss to FC Juárez in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways here when they return home to the Estadio Nemesio Diez. The Diablos Rojos are generally hard to beat at home, and they started their season off well with a 2-0 home victory that they’ll look to replicate here.

As for Chivas de Guadalajara (15th), El Rebano fell 0-1 to Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to keep them winless this season. Chivas has had a terrible time at home as of late – although they did pick up a 3-2 home win against Morelia in the Copa MX in midweek – and they’ll look for a better result on the road in this one. Chivas has scored just once so far and they’ll need their attack to pick up the pace if they want to get their first league win here.

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Apertura 2018 Week 3 Preview: Saturday’s Games

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.

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Apertura 2018 Week 3 Preview: Friday’s Games

Veracruz vs Monarcas Morelia – 8:00 PM – ESPN Deportes / Univision Deportes
Veracruz (18th) fell 2-0 to Lobos BUAP last weekend to keep them winless this season – and drop them into last place in the relegation standings. The Tiburones Rojos suffered a setback in midweek as well, where they lost 3-0 to América in the Copa MX. All in all, Veracruz has yet to gain a point in either league or cup after four games total. They also have yet to score in league play, where they’ve suffered back-to-back shutouts. Veracruz is at home for this one and they’ll look to right the ship in front of their own fans.

As for Monarcas Morelia (9th), the michoacanos beat Santos Laguna 3-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the Apertura. They followed that up with a 3-2 loss to Chivas de Guadalajara in the Copa MX in midweek, though. They’re also on the road for this one, where they have yet to win (or score) in league play this season. However, Veracruz has been struggling and Morelia will look to take advantage of their host’s weaknesses here.

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Apertura 2018 Week 2 Preview: Sunday’s Games

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.

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