Pachuca took the lead but couldn’t hold it, with a stoppage time goal by Puebla allowing the hosts to grab a 1-1 draw that will feel like a victory. The result keeps the Poblanos winless at home this season but unbeaten in two overall, while the Tuzos remain winless on the road but unbeaten in four overall.
Puebla started the game off strongly, with José Luis Sánchez Solá – “Chelis” – looking for a home win in his first game in charge of La Franja. Alejandro Chumacero looked dangerous in the attack, most notably forcing a good save out of Alfonso Blanco in the 18th minute.
Monarcas Morelia vs Monterrey – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (16th) fell 2-0 to Pachuca last weekend to give them two losses in a row and keep them winless in three, as well as winless on the road this season. The michoacanos will now look to get back on track when they return home to the Estadio Morelos, but they’ll be facing the league leaders in this one. Morelia has struggled to score this season, averaging less than a goal per game, but on the other hand all four of their goals have come at home.
As for Monterrey (1st), the Rayados beat Lobos BUAP 4-0 last weekend to remain unbeaten this season. They have the best goal-scoring record in the league as well, averaging close to three goals per game, and they’ll look for another big win in this one. Monterrey’s schedule has been very home-heavy so far, with just two away games out of six, but facing one of the teams propping up the table is unlikely to test their ability to win on the road as well. They do need to win this one to guarantee they’ll hold on to first place, though.
Pachuca remained perfect at home this season with a 2-0 victory against 10-man Monarcas Morelia. The result keeps the Tuzos unbeaten in three, while the michoacanos have now lost two in a row and remain winless on the road in the Clausura.
The first half was a hard-fought affair with more fouls than goal-scoring opportunities. Neither team could take control and the most notable chance of the half didn’t come until the very end of it, when Miguel Sansores forced a good save out of Alfonso Blanco.
Querétaro vs Pumas UNAM – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Querétaro (18th) fell 2-0 to América last weekend to keep them winless and pointless this season. The Gallos Blancos have suffered through five straight losses and have the worst defensive record in the league with 11 goals allowed. They failed to win in midweek as well, where they suffered a 2-3 loss to Zacatepec in the Copa MX, which will not help their confidence at all going into this one.
As for Pumas UNAM (16th), the universitarios drew 1-1 with Monterrey last weekend to keep them winless this season as well – although they also remained unbeaten at home. Pumas did look improved under the direction of new coach Bruno Marioni, though, and they’ll now look for their first win of the season against the league’s basement dwellers. Pumas will also have the advantage of some extra rest as they did not play a midweek game.
Lobos BUAP took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Pachuca came back for a 1-1 draw. The result ends the Licántropos’ two-game losing streak but keeps them winless in three, while the Tuzos are now unbeaten in two.
Lobos came out attacking as they looked to make their home field advantage count. In the 8th minute, Michaell Chirinos sent a low shot towards goal that Alfonso Blanco stopped, giving up a rebound that fell to Leonardo Ramos – who couldn’t get his shot on target.
Pumas UNAM vs Monterrey – 1:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Pumas UNAM (16th) fell 1-0 to Pachuca last weekend, a result that cost coach David Patiño his job. He was replaced by Bruno Marioni, who guided the universitarios to a 1-2 win against Atlas in the Copa MX in midweek, and he’ll now look to get Pumas their first league win of the season when they return home to the Estadio Olímpico Universitario for this one. They are unbeaten at home, with a pair of draws, and they’ll look to start turning those draws into something more here, but they’ll be facing a tough opponent.
As for Monterrey (1st), the Rayados beat América 3-2 last weekend to keep them unbeaten this season. Monterrey has two wins in a row and the best goal-scoring record in the league, with 12 goals scored through four matches. They’ll look to add to Pumas’ woes with another win in this one, and they are perfect on the road so far this season. They’ll also have the advantage of some extra rest, as they did not have a midweek game. They will be without the suspended Avilés Hurtado for this one, however.
Martín Palermo got his tenure as Pachuca head coach off to a positive start as the Tuzos earned a 1-0 victory against Pumas UNAM. The result keeps Pachuca unbeaten at home this season, while the universitarios remain winless in the Clausura 2019.
With both teams badly in need of a victory, the game was hard-fought and initially played largely in the midfield. The first clear chance didn’t come until the 18th minute, when Franco Jara played in Ismael Sosa, but he couldn’t put his shot on target.
Cruz Azul vs Tijuana – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes / ESPN Deportes
Cruz Azul (9th) beat Tigres UANL 0-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season. La Máquina are still winless at home, though, which they’ll look to change in this one. Their games have all been close this season, with Cruz Azul neither scoring nor allowing more than a single goal per game – although they did score twice in the Copa MX in midweek, where they beat Alebrijes de Oaxaca 1-2.
As for Tijuana (12th), the Xolos beat León 0-1 last weekend to give them their first win of the season as well. That game also gave the Xolos their first points, their first clean sheet, and their first goal, and they’ll look to replicate those stats in this one. They fell in the Copa MX in midweek, however, losing 2-1 to Pachuca, but they’ll look to set that aside and return their focus to league play in this one.