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Apertura 2017 Week 5 Preview: Sunday’s Game

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.

 

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Apertura 2017 Week 5 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Lobos BUAP vs América – 6:00 PM
Lobos BUAP (4th) fell 2-0 to Pumas UNAM to end their unbeaten start to the Apertura 2017. The licántropos are still unbeaten at home, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos have the best attacking record in the league and they’ll look to show that last weekend’s shutout loss was just an anomaly.

As for América (2nd), the Águilas beat Atlas 0-1 last weekend to give them three wins in a row. They won in midweek as well, with a come-from-behind 2-3 away victory against Potros UAEM in the Copa MX. América is perfect on the road this season and they’ll look to keep that streak alive in their visit to the newly-promoted side. They have one of the best defensive records in the league and they’ll look to shutout Lobos’ high-flying attack here. They will, however, be without the suspended Bruno Valdez.

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Apertura 2017 Week 5 Preview: Friday’s Games

Monarcas Morelia vs Pachuca – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (14th) fell 2-1 to Querétaro last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. The michoacanos remain winless in the Apertura, with last weekend’s loss ending a run of draws. They’ll look to finally get that elusive first victory when they return home to the Estadio Morelos for this one, but they have one of the lowest-scoring attacks in the league and have managed just one goal in their two home games to date.

As for Pachuca (15th), the Tuzos beat Tigres UANL 2-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. Pachuca also won in midweek, where they beat Querétaro 0-1 in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to keep that streak alive in this one. The Tuzos have also had some trouble in front of goal this season, but they’ll look to take advantage of another struggling team in this one.

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Apertura 2017 Week 4 Preview: Sunday’s Games

Pumas UNAM vs Lobos BUAP – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (13th) fell 2-1 to América last weekend to give the universitarios back-to-back losses. Pumas is winless in three in all competitions after a 1-1 draw with Monterrey in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll be looking to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this one. Pumas is unbeaten at home to date in league play.

As for Lobos BUAP (1st), the licántropos beat Pachuca 3-2 last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. The newly-promoted team will look to continue their great start to the season – and remain in first place – with another win here. Lobos are the league’s leading goalscorers, with nine goals from their first three games, and they’ll look for another strong attacking performance in this one.

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Apertura 2017 Week 4 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Querétaro vs Monarcas Morelia – 6:00 PM – ESPN Deportes
Querétaro (9th) drew 1-1 with Tigres UANL last weekend to remain winless in two. The Gallos Blancos went winless in midweek as well, where they drew 0-0 with Pachuca in the Copa MX. Querétaro will now look to get back to winning ways when they return to La Corregidora; however, their home stadium has not been too kind to them to date. They are still looking for their first home win, point, and goal of the Apertura season.

As for Morelia (12th), the michoacanos drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to remain both winless and unbeaten this season. Morelia has drawn all three of their league games to date, and they drew in the Copa MX in midweek as well, 1-1 against Necaxa. Morelia has one of the best defensive records so far, but their attack has been sluggish. They’ll look to rectify that and finally get into the “W” column here.

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Apertura 2017 Week 4 Preview: Friday’s Games

Puebla vs Tijuana – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (16th) fell 2-0 to Veracruz last weekend to keep them winless this season. The Poblanos earned their lone point to date at home in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc and they’ll look to build on that to get their first victory when they return home for this one. They’ll be without the suspended Pablo Cáceres, though. In addition, they’ve scored just once in three games while allowing seven goals – and both of those stats will need to be improved upon if they want to get that first win. Puebla will take heart, however, that they’re facing another struggling team in this one.

As for Tijuana (18th), the Xolos fell 0-3 to Monterrey last weekend to remain winless, goalless, and pointless in league play this season. They couldn’t win in midweek, either, as they drew 1-1 with Atlante in the Copa MX. They did at least score in that game, though, and they’ll look to take advantage of Puebla’s porous defense to find their first league goal in this one. The Xolos need to earn something here if they want to avoid spending another week in last place in the table.

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Apertura 2017 Week 3 Preview: Sunday’s Games

Toluca vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Toluca (6th) beat León 3-1 last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. They won in midweek as well, with a 3-0 victory against Dorados de Sinaloa 3-0. The Diablos Rojos will look to keep that winning streak alive against one of the league’s two perfect teams in this one.

As for Atlas (1st), the Rojinegros beat Pumas UNAM 2-1 last weekend to remain perfect in league play. They are pefect in all competitions, actually, after earning a 0-1 away win against América in the Copa MX in midweek. Atlas will look to keep that winning streak alive – and remain top of the table – when they take on Toluca here.

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Apertura 2017 Week 3 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Lobos BUAP vs Pachuca – 6:00 PM
Lobos BUAP (4th) earned a comprehensive 0-4 away win against Querétaro last weekend to keep the licántropos unbeaten this season. They’ll now look for their first home win when they return to the Estadio Universitario BUAP for this one. Lobos will be without injured goalkeeper Lucero Álvarez, but they’re tied for the most prolific attack in the league to date and they’ll look to keep their streak going here.

As for Pachuca (15th), the Tuzos fell 0-2 to América last weekend to remain winless, pointless, and goalless in league play. They did score – and win – in the Copa MX in midweek, a 0-1 win against Cimarrones. They’ll now look to get off the mark in league play against a surprisingly dangerous newly-promoted team.

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Apertura 2017 Week 3 Preview: Friday’s Games

Monarcas Morelia vs Santos Laguna – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (13th) drew 1-1 with Puebla last weekend to remain both winless and unbeaten this season. After two straight draws, the Monarquía will look for their first victory of the season when they return home to the Estadio Morelos for this one. Morelia will also look to find their scoring touch after managing just one goal in two games to start the season.

As for Santos Laguna (11th), the Laguneros drew 1-1 with Tigres UANL to likewise remain both winless and unbeaten after a pair of draws to start the Apertura. They’ve been more prolific in front of goal, but they’ve also conceded more frequently. Nevertheless, Santos will look to shut out Morelia’s struggling attack in this one. They will be without coach José Manuel de la Torre, however, as he is suspended.

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Apertura 2017 Week 2 Preview: Sunday’s Games

Toluca vs León – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Toluca (10th) drew 0-0 with Chivas de Guadalajara in their season opener. The point was not a bad one, considering the Diablos Rojos finished the game with just 10 men. They’ll be without the suspended Osvaldo González and their coach Hernán Crisante for this one, but they’ll nevertheless look to get their first win of the Apertura in their first home game here.

As for León (17th), La Fiera had another disappointing season opener as they fell 3-0 to Atlas. They’ll look for a better result in their first away game, and they did manage a win in midweek, although they had to come from behind to beat Alebrijes 3-2 in the Copa MX. León will be missing the suspended Diego Novaretti for this one.

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