Santos Laguna took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Veracruz came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten in two and unbeaten at home this season, while the Tiburones Rojos ended a two-game winless streak but remain winless in three.
The game was a back-and-forth affair, with chances at either end. Veracruz had an early opportunity through Cristian Menéndez, who looked to shot past an onrushing Jonathan Orozco but ended up sending his shot into the keeper.
Santos Laguna took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Toluca came back for a 2-1 win. The result ends a two-game losing streak for the Diablos Rojos, while the Laguneros are now winless in three.
The game started off perfectly for the visitors, who took the lead in just the 3rd minute. Julio César Furch nodded a long clearance on for Jonathan Rodríguez, who corralled the ball at the top of the box before laying it back off to Furch. The striker’s first attempt was blocked, but he collected his own rebound and made it 0-1.
Toluca vs Santos Laguna – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Toluca (8th) fell 1-2 to León last weekend to give them back-to-back losses. The Diablos Rojos failed to win in midweek as well, where they drew 2-2 with FC Juárez in the Copa MX. They’ll look to get back to winning ways in this one, and they’re traditionally hard to beat at home (last week’s result notwithstanding). Toluca has one of the better attacking records in the league and they’re average two gaols a game at home this season; they’ll look to keep that pace up in this one.
As for Santos Laguna (3rd), the Laguneros drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul last weekend to keep them winless in two but unbeaten in five. They avoided defeat in midweek as well, where they drew 0-0 with Pachuca in the Copa MX in midweek. Santos has a bit of a mixed record on the road so far, though, where they’re 1-1-1. But they’re just three points out of first place and they’ll be looking for a win in this one against a Toluca side that’s been on a bit of a slide as of late.
Cruz Azul took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Santos Laguna came back for a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Laguneros unbeaten at home this season, but winless in two overall, while La Máquina remains unbeaten in the Apertura 2018.
The visitors had more possession in the first half, but they were stymied by a well-organized defense. Cruz Azul couldn’t break through while Santos sat back, absorbed the pressure, and then looked to strike on the counter.
Santos Laguna remained perfect at home this season with a 3-1 victory against Tigres UANL. The result is a third straight win for the Laguneros, while the universitarios have now lost three in a row.
The visitors started the game off well and in the 7th minute they won a penalty. André-Pierre Gignac stepped up to take it, but he couldn’t find the target as the spot kick went wide and the game remained 0-0.
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.
Chivas de Guadalajara took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Santos Laguna came back for a 1-2 win. The result keeps El Rebaño winless this season while the Laguneros have now won two in a row.
Chivas came out attacking as they looked to end a long run of poor results at home. They had the first good chance of the game in the 6th minute, when Jesús Godínez sent a hard shot towards goal, but Jonathan Orozco was able to make the save.
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.
Santos Laguna’s Apertura 2018 season had gotten off to a good start, with the reigning Liga MX champions winning two of their opening three games. However, coach Robert Siboldi and his entire coaching staff have abruptly resigned after “a conflict with a player”, the club reported in a statement.
Santos cited “a series of differences between the coaching staff that derive from a conflict with a player breaking the code of ethics in an irreparable manner” and said that “the coaching staff, recognizing the seriousness of its actions and omissions, presented its resignation and the club decided to accept it”.
Santos Laguna got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Puebla. The result keeps the Laguneros perfect at home this season, while the Poblanos remain winless on the road.
Santos started the game off better and they created several early chances, while Puebla struggled to get anything going in their own attacking third. In the 14th minute, Jonathan Rodríguez ran on to a through ball and drew out the keeper, but his attempt was cleared away by the defense.