Santos Laguna remained top of the table with a 3-2 victory against Monterrey. The result is a third straight win for the Laguneros, who remain unbeaten at home this season, while the Rayados have now lost two in a row and three of their last four.
The game started off perfectly for Monterrey before going off the rails. The visitors took the lead in just the 2nd minute, when Rogelio Funes Mori’s shot from outside the box beat Jonathan Orozco with the help of a deflection off Jorge Villafaña to make it 0-1.
Puebla earned their first road win of the season with a comprehensive 1-3 victory against Monterrey. The result is the Rayados’ first home loss of the Clausura 2018 and leaves them with just one win in their last five overall.
The game started off well for the hosts as Monterrey took the lead in the 9th minute. Rogelio Funes Mori received the ball in the box and laid it off for Dorlan Pabón; the ball was intercepted by Alonso Zamora, but his attempted clearance hit teammate Anderson Santamaría and rebounded back towards Funes Mori. He then beat Moisés Muñoz at the near post to make it 1-0 for the Rayados.
Necaxa earned their first home win of the season with a 3-0 victory against Monterrey, despite finishing the game with 10 men. The result snaps a three-game winless streak for the Rayos, while the Rayados are now winless in three.
The game started off perfectly for Necaxa, who took the lead in just the 6th minute. Roberto Alvarado sent in a cross from the right and Carlos González finished it off to make it 1-0 for the hosts.
Monterrey remained unbeaten this season – and moved into first place in the table, pending the rest of this weekend’s results – with an emphatic 5-1 victory against León. The result is a second straight heavy loss for La Fiera, who remain winless in three.
The Rayados, looking for their first home win of the season, poured the pressure on early. By the time Avilés Hurtado opened the scoring in the 16th minute, Monterrey had already seen a shot cleared off the line and a would-be goal disallowed. After Hurtado made it 1-0 with some good individual play, the hosts completely dominated the game.
Querétaro vs Veracruz – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (14th) fell 1-0 to Monarcas Morelia to keep them winless in two. The Gallos Blancos are also winless at home this season, with a loss and a draw in La Corregidora, but they’ll look to change that here when they take on a relegation rival. Of concern for Querétaro is their goal-scoring – or lack thereof. The Gallos have been shut out in three of their four games to date. On the other hand, they’ve only allowed two goals all season.
As for Veracruz (16th), the Tiburones Rojos drew 1-1 with Santos Laguna last weekend to keep them winless in the Clausura. Veracruz is sitting at the foot of the relegation standings and needs to pick up points ASAP if they want to remain in Liga MX next season. The Tiburones Rojos did manage to score their first goal of the season last weekend, and they’ll look to build on that here.
Monterrey remained perfect on the road this season with a 1-2 away win against Chivas de Guadalajara. The result leaves El Rebaño winless at home this season, while the Rayados remain unbeaten in the Clausura 2018.
The first half started off somewhat slowly, with few real chances of note until just before halftime, when Rodolfo Cota made a pair of saves on Rogelio Funes Mori and Arturo González in the 40th minute. Then, two minutes later, Monterrey took the lead.
Lobos BUAP vs Pumas UNAM – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Lobos BUAP (18th) fell 3-1 to Pachuca last weekend to remain winless this season. The licántropos have suffered three consecutive losses to start the Clausura, which has seen them drop down the relegation standings. Another loss here could see them fall as far as 17th in the Tabla de Cociente. Lobos’ defense has been their main problem; they’ve allowed nine goals to date, a league high. Although they’ve scored three goals of their own, they haven’t been able to make those goals stand up. They need to focus on keeping a clean sheet when they return home for this one.
As for Pumas UNAM (1st), the universitarios drew 0-0 with América last weekend in the Clásico Capitalino. The result keeps Pumas unbeaten this season, although they are no longer perfect. They got back to winning ways in midweek with a 3-0 victory against FC Juárez in the Copa MX and they’ll look for another league win here when they face the team on the opposite end of the table.
Avilés Hurtado missed a penalty as Monterrey had to settle for a 0-0 draw with Tijuana. The result keeps both teams unbeaten in the Clausura 2018, although the Rayados remain winless at home this season.
Monterrey came out attacking and had their first good chance in just the 2nd minute, when John Stefan Medina tried his luck from outside the box and forced a good save out of Gibrán Lajud. Moments later, Avilés Hurtado had a chance of his own, but once again the keeper intervened.
Veracruz lost ground in the relegation fight as they fell 0-2 to Monterrey. The result leaves the Tiburones Rojos winless while the Rayados earned their first victory and remain unbeaten this season.
The game started slowly, with neither team able to take control. Monterrey suffered a setback in the 19th minute when goalkeeper Hugo González had to be subbed out with an apparent muscle injury, but Veracruz was unable to do much to test the backup keeper.
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.