The Xolos came out attacking as they looked for that elusive first win in front of their home fans. The pressure paid off in the 22nd minute, when Gustavo Bou made it 1-0 on the half-volley following some good combination play with Luis Chávez and Víctor Malcorra.
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.
Celaya 0-1 Monterrey (Group 2)
Monterrey remained unbeaten in the Copa MX with a 0-1 away win against Celaya. The result leaves Celaya winless in this competition. The game started out evenly, with possession shared and few clear chances at either end. In the 36th minute, Ángel Reyna came close to opening the scoring for the hosts, but he was denied by the post.
The pace picked up a bit in the second half, and Monterrey began to look the better side, particularly once Rogelio Funes Mori, Dorlan Pabón, and Carlos Sánchez were subbed on. In the 71st minute, the Rayados took the lead after Funes Mori finished off a rebound from close range to make it 0-1.
With the 0-1 win, Monterrey reaches seven points while Celaya still has one.
Veracruz earned a 2-3 away win against Santos Laguna on Sunday night to give the Tiburones Rojos back-to-back victories in league play. The result ends Santos Laguna’s unbeaten start to the season and leaves them winless in the Apertura.
The Guerreros were looking to end a run of draws with a victory in front of their home fans, and Gael Sandoval had a chance to open the scoring in the opening minute. He got free on the right but his shot from outside the box took a deflection, sending the ball into the post and saving Veracruz from an early deficit.
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.
Santos Laguna took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they drew 1-1 with Monarcas Morelia. The result leaves both teams both winless and unbeaten in the Apertura 2017 after three straight draws to start the season.
Morelia came out looking to earn their first win in front of their home crowd, and Raúl Ruidíaz had the ball in the net very early on, only for the would-be goal to be disallowed for offside.
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.
The standout suspensions go to Alejandro Donatti of Tijuana and Miguel Ángel Ponce of Necaxa, who were both given two-game suspensions; Donatti for violent conduct and Ponce for serious foul play.
Tigres started the game off well and they had the first chance of the game in the 4th minute with a dangerous ball to the back post. However, Enner Valencia couldn’t quite apply the final touch and the game remained goalless.
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.