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Clausura 2019 Week 6 Preview: Saturday’s Games

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.

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Clausura 2019 Week 6 Preview: Friday’s Games

Veracruz vs Tigres UANL – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Veracruz (17th) drew 0-0 with Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to end a three-game losing streak. The Tiburones Rojos are still winless in league play, though, and they also have yet to score a single goal. With relegation looking ever more inevitable, Veracruz needs to start winning ASAP if they want to make it a fight rather than a foregone conclusion. They’ll look to get on track when they return to the Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente for this one, but they have yet to earn a point at home this season.

As for Tigres UANL (3rd), the universitarios beat Santos Laguna last weekend to give them a two-game winning streak. Tigres are also unbeaten on the road this season, where they have two wins and a draw, and they’ll look to add to Veracruz’s home woes in this one. Tigres also has one of the best defensive records this season, with less than a goal per game allowed on average, which doesn’t bode well for Veracruz’s toothless attack. A win here would life Tigres into first place in the table – pending the rest of this weekend’s results – which will give them plenty of motivation.

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Clausura 2019 Week 5 Preview: Sunday’s Games

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.

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Clausura 2019 Week 5 Preview: Saturday’s Games

América vs Querétaro – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
América (8th) fell 3-2 to Monterrey last weekend in a wild game that saw the Águilas lose their perfect record. They also picked up a pair of red cards in that game, and they’ll be without the suspended Jorge Sánchez and Emanuel Aguilera for this one as a result. América has one of the best attacking records in the league, though, with at least two goals scored in all of their league games to date, and they’ll look to take advantage of a vulnerable opponent to get back to winning ways here. They couldn’t win – or score – in midweek, though, where they fell 2-0 to San Luis in the Copa MX.

As for Querétaro (18th), the Gallos Blancos fell 0-4 to León last weekend to keep them winless and pointless in the Clausura 2019. Querétaro has suffered through four straight defeats while conceding a league-high 11 goals; they’ve managed just two of their own. The Gallos need to get it together ASAP if they want to avoid a historically bad season, but the Azteca is an intimidating place to be looking for their first win. Querétaro will be better-rested for this game, though, as they did not have a midweek match.

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Clausura 2019 Week 5 Preview: Friday’s Games

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.

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Clausura 2019 Week 4 Previews: Sunday’s Games

Toluca vs Tigres UANL – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Toluca (4th) fell 1-0 to Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to end their perfect start to the season. The Diablos Rojos will look to get back to winning ways when they return home to the Estadio Nemesio Diez for this one, a stadium where they are traditionally hard to beat. They’ll be without their suspended assistant coach, though, and head coach Hernán Cristante is also being looked at by the Disciplinary Committee; whether that has any effect on Toluca on the field remains to be seen.

As for Tigres UANL (7th), the universitarios fell 0-1 to Cruz Azul last weekend to end their unbeaten start to the season. Tigres are still unbeaten on the road, though, where they’ve earned a win and a draw so far this Clausura. Tigres have a good goal-scoring record on the road as well, where they’ve netted five goals in two games. They’ll look to keep that streak alive in this one.

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Clausura 2019 Week 4 Preview: Saturday’s Games

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.

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Clausura 2019 Week 4 Previews: Friday’s Games

Veracruz vs Puebla – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Veracruz (17th) fell 2-0 to Monarcas Morelia last weekend to keep them winless this season. The Tiburones Rojos have lost two in a row and have yet to register a goal this season; their already-slim margin of error to avoid relegation is rapidly dwindling away and they need to start picking up points ASAP. They did manage to both score and win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they picked up a 2-0 victory against Lobos BUAP, and they’ll look to build on that result when they return to league play in this one.

As for Puebla (16th), the Poblanos drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to keep them winless this season as well, although they remain unbeaten at home in league play. They fell 1-2 to FC Juárez in the Copa MX in midweek, though, but they’ll look to put that behind them when they visit a vulnerable-looking Veracruz here. Puebla has had some goal-scoring trouble this season – they’re averaging less than a goal a game – but if Veracruz’s own scoring woes continue, all Puebla would need would be one goal.

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Clausura 2019 Week 3 Preview: Sunday’s Games

Pumas UNAM vs Atlas – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (13th) fell 2-1 to Necaxa last weekend to give them their first loss of the Clausura. That result also keeps the universitarios winless in league play. They did win the Copa MX, however, where they picked up a 0-2 win against Leones Negros on Wednesday night. They’ll look to build on that result when they return home to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this one, but Pumas wasn’t particularly successful at home last season, earning just two wins in eight games.

As for Atlas (8th), the Rojinegros fell 1-2 to América last weekend to give them their first loss of the Clausura. Atlas is unbeaten on the road so far this season, though, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways in this one. They’ve already earned more points on the road this season than they did in the entirety of the Apertura, and they’ll hope to take advantage of Pumas’ home inconsistencies. They’ll also have the advantage of not having played a midweek game.

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Clausura 2019 Week 3 Preview: Saturday’s Games

Querétaro vs Monterrey – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (17th) fell 3-0 to Pachuca last weekend to give them two losses in a row. The Gallos Blancos are also tied for the worst defensive record in the league, having given up multiple goals in both of their league games to date, while having managed to score just one of their own. Querétaro didn’t have a good outing in midweek either, as they suffered a 1-3 loss to Dorados de Sinaloa in the Copa MX. They will also be without the suspended Daniel Villalva for this one.

As for Monterrey (4th), the Rayados drew 2-2 with León last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. They’ll look to keep that streak alive when they hit the road for the first time in the Clausura, and they’ll have the advantage of not having played a midweek game. Monterrey is also the highest-scoring team in the league to date, with seven goals, which doesn’t bode well for Querétaro’s porous defense.

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