Neither team could find the breakthrough in this one as Santos Laguna and Tijuana played out a 0-0 draw. The result keeps Santos unbeaten at home this season, while the Xolos remain unbeaten overall as they posted their fifth straight clean sheet to start the Clausura 2018.
Both teams came out attacking and Tijuana nearly took the lead in the 7th minute, when Gustavou Bou hit the post. Throughout the course of the half, though, it was Santos who had the better of the opportunities.
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.
Tijuana remained unbeaten this season with a 2-0 win against Puebla. The result keeps the Xoos perfect at home as well, while the Poblanos remain winless on the road.
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.
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.
Querétaro vs Tijuana – 6:00 PM – Galavisión
Querétaro (9th) beat Lobos BUAP 0-2 last weekend to give the Gallos Blancos their first win of the season – and a little breathing room in the relegation standings. They earned another win in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat Monarcas Morelia 3-1. Querétaro will look to keep the good results coming here, although they will be without the suspended Edson Puch for this one.
As for Tigres UANL (10th), the universitarios beat Santos Laguna 2-1 last weekend to similarly earn their first win of the season. The reigning champions will now look for their first away win when they visit Querétaro here. Tigres will be better-rested than their opponent as they had no midweek game.
Necaxa controversially had a late goal disallowed as Tijuana earned a win by the minimum difference in the Estadio Caliente. The 1-0 result is the first win of the season for the Xolos, who remain unbeaten, while the Rayos suffered their first loss of the Clausura 2018.
Tijuana came out attacking as they looked to make their home-field advantage count. The Xolos had their first chance in just the third minute when Gustavo Bou tried his luck from distance, but goalkeeper Marcelo Barovero was alert to the danger.
Monarcas Morelia vs Puebla – 10:00 PM
Monarcas Morelia (6th) drew 1-1 with Monterrey last weekend, and La Monarquía will now look for their first win of the season when they return home to the Estadio Morelos. Morelia did win in midweek, where they beat Cimarrones 3-0 in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to build on that here as they seek to remain unbeaten in all competitions.
As for Puebla (4th), the Poblanos earned a surprise 2-1 win against reigning champions Tigres UANL last weekend. Puebla is on the fringes of the relegation fight, as they sit 15th in the Tabla de Cociente but have a comfortable cushion between themselves and last-place Veracruz. Nevertheless, they will want to keep the momentum going and divorce themselves completely from the relegation conversation with a few more wins. They will be more rested than their opponent as they did not have a midweek game.
Neither team could find the breakthrough as Cruz Azul and Tijuana played out a 0-0 draw in their Clausura 2018 opener.
La Máquina controlled much of the first half as they enjoyed both possession and chances. In the 18th minute, the hosts had a good opportunity when Carlos Fierro played in Felipe Mora, but the Chilean couldn’t put his shot on target.
The draw for the revamped 2018 CONCACAF Champions League was held this Monday, with the sixteen entrants paired off for the initial knockout round.
This is the first edition of the new tournament format, which has done away with the group stage and will be a straight knockout format throughout the competition. The changes also mean the Champions League will be held entirely in the same calendar year, rather than the split format that had been used in the past.