Cruz Azul came out attacking as they looked for that elusive home victory. They had an early chance through Felipe Mora, who sent his bicycle kick attempt into the crossbar in just the 5th minute.
The standout suspension goes to Francisco Rodríguez of Lobos BUAP, who was given a two-game suspension for serious foul play. Jorge Hernández of Pachuca and Osmar Mares of Veracruz were suspended for the same reason, but for only one game each.
Puebla remained perfect at home this season with a 2-0 victory against Chivas de Guadalajara, a victory that puts the Poblanos top of the table pending the rest of this weekend’s games. The result is a second straight loss for El Rebaño, and their first loss in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc in nearly a decade.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, with Puebla taking the lead in just the third minute. Francisco Acuña got the ball in the box and tried a shot; it was blocked, with the rebound falling back to Acuña, who tried again. This time he hit the post, and still Chivas couldn’t clear the ball. Omar Fernández pounced on the rebound to head Puebla ahead, 1-0.
Puebla vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (10th) fell 2-0 to Tijuana last weekend to keep them winless on the road this season. The Poblanos are unbeaten – and in fact perfect – at home, however, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Cuauhtémoc for this one. Puebla’s averaging two goals a game at home and they’ll look to take advantage of their opponent’s somewhat leaky defense in this one.
As for Chivas de Guadalajara (15th), el Rebaño fell 1-2 to Monterrey last weekend to keep them winless at home this season. Chivas is unbeaten on the road, though, with a win and a draw, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways when they visit Puebla in this one. Chivas has scored in every game they’ve played to date, but they’ve also conceded in all of them, allowing seven goals in four games.
The hosts took the lead in the 11th minute. A cutback into the box from the end line slipped through both attackers and defenders before Damián Musto ran on to it at the top of the box. He sent the ball towards the far post, where Gustavo Bou finished it off to make it 1-0 for Tijuana.
Monarcas Morelia vs Querétaro – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (14th) fell 1-0 to Santos Laguna last weekend to remain winless on the road this season. La Monarquía are perfect at home so far in the Clausura, however, and they’ll look for another victory when they return to the Estadio Morelos for this one. Morelia has found goals hard to come by this season, though, with just two goals from three games. On the other hand, they’ve also been stingy defensively, with just two goals allowed.
As for Querétaro (10th), the Gallos Blancos drew 0-0 with Tigres UANL last weekend to remain winless at home but unbeaten in two overall. They did stumble in midweek, however, with a 2-0 loss to Cimarrones in the Copa MX. Querétaro is penultimate in the relegation standings and they’ll want to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. They did win their lone league road game to date and they’ll look to repeat that in their visit to Morelia.
Venados 1-2 Cafetaleros
Cafetaleros remained top of Group 1 with their 1-2 away win against Venados. The result leaves the hosts winless and pointless in this competition. Cafetaleros looked dangerous throughout, but Venados’ debutant goalkeeper, Andrés Gudiño, made several good saves to keep the game goalless going into halftime.
But just one minute after the restart, Cafetaleros took the lead. Yoel Bárcenas finished off a cross to make it 0-1. In the 58th minute, they made it 0-1 as Bárcenas assisted Leonardo Ramos to put the visitors comfortably ahead. Venados pulled a goal back late after Luciano Nequecaur converted an 80th-minute penalty kick, but they were unable to go on to tie the game.
With the 1-2 win, Cafetaleros reach six points while Venados still have zero.
Puebla came out attacking as they looked to put their home-field advantage to good use and further separate themselves from Veracruz in the relegation standings. Alejandro Chumacero looked dangerous throughout the game for Puebla as the Bolivian caused repeated problems for Veracruz’s defense.
Puebla vs Veracruz – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Puebla (11th) fell 1-0 to Monarcas Morelia last weekend to end their winning start to the Clausura 2018 season. The Poblanos will look to get back on track when they return home to the Estadio Cuauhtémoc for this one, where they are unbeaten this season. They picked up a win in midweek as well with a 1-3 away victory against Cruz Azul in the Copa MX. This is an important game in terms of relegation, with Puebla currently sitting three spots above Veracruz in the Tabla de Cociente.
As for Veracruz (16th), the Tiburones Rojos fell 0-2 to Monterrey last weekend to keep them winless this season. They also fell in the Copa MX in midweek, where they suffered a 0-2 loss to Tampico Madero. Veracruz needs to start picking up points quickly before the gap between them and safety widens even further, and picking up points against the other teams in the relegation conversation is especially valuable. The Tiburones have yet to score a goal this season, though, and of course they can’t win if they can’t score.
Cafetaleros 2-1 León
Cafetaleros moved into first place in Group 1 with a 2-1 win against León. The visitors looked dangerous when Maxi Cerato and Álvaro Ramos combined, while Cafetaleros created chances of their own on the counter. But despite a number of opportunities at either end, neither team could break the deadlock in the first half.
The breakthrough didn’t come until the 74th minute, when Diego de la Torre sent in a cross for Leonardo Ramos, whose header made it 1-0 for the hosts. In the 82nd minute, Eduardo Pérez made it 2-0 as he won the ball in the box, got around the keeper, and scored. León pulled a goal back in stoppage time through Iván Piris, but La Fiera wasn’t able to go on to find an equalizer.
With the 2-1 win, Cafetaleros reach three points while León still has three.