Both teams came out attacking, with chances at either end early on. But the better of the chances fell to the hosts. In the 22nd minute, Fabián Castillo’s shot was saved by Hugo González, but the rebound fell to Erick Torres, only for González to react and make a second save in quick succession.
Monarcas Morelia vs Querétaro – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
Monarcas Morelia (4th) drew 2-2 with Monterrey last weekend to remain unbeaten in six. The draw also kept the michoacanos winless in two, though, and they failed to win in midweek as well, where they fell 1-2 to Chivas de Guadalajara in the Copa MX. Nevertheless, Morelia remains unbeaten at home in league play this season and they will look to get back to winning ways and continue to climb up the table here.
As for Querétaro (7th), the Gallos Blancos beat Lobos BUAP 2-0 last weekend to give them back-to-back wins and keep them unbeaten in three. Querétaro won in midweek as well, where they beat León 1-0 in the Copa MX, and they’ll look to keep up the momentum in this one. The Gallos have had a bit of trouble scoring this season, though; they’re averaging less than a goal a game overall, and on the road they’ve scored just twice in four games.
In a game delayed by a second-half power outage, Veracruz earned their first home win of the season with a 1-0 victory against Tijuana. The result snaps a two-game losing streak for the Tiburones Rojos, while the Xolos are now winless in six.
The night started off well for the hosts, with the Tiburones taking the lead in just the 8th minute. Bryan Carrasco sent a long ball into the box for Diego Chávez, whose header made it 1-0 for Veracruz early on.
The hosts came out attacking and Rodrigo Salinas had the first good chance in just the 4th minute, but Gibrán Lajud made the save. Luis Quiñones also had a good opportunity, but he couldn’t put his shot on frame.
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.
Tijuana took the lead but couldn’t hold it as 10-man Cruz Azul came back for a 1-1 draw. The result ends La Máquina’s perfect start to the season but keeps them unbeaten, while the Xolos remain unbeaten at home but winless in three overall.
Tijuana had an early chance through Jesús Angulo, who went one-on-one with Jesús Corona, but the keeper was able to make the save. The game got chippy early as well, with referee Luis Enrique Santander handing out three yellow cards in the opening 20 minutes.
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.
The hosts had a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 14th minute when they were awarded a penalty kick. Miler Bolaños stepped up to take it, but Rodolfo Cota made the save to keep the game 0-0.
Toluca vs Chivas de Guadalajara – 1:00 PM – Univision
Toluca (7th) fell 2-1 to Puebla last weekend to give them their first loss of the season. They followed that up with a 2-3 loss to FC Juárez in the Copa MX in midweek, and they’ll look to get back to winning ways here when they return home to the Estadio Nemesio Diez. The Diablos Rojos are generally hard to beat at home, and they started their season off well with a 2-0 home victory that they’ll look to replicate here.
As for Chivas de Guadalajara (15th), El Rebano fell 0-1 to Chivas de Guadalajara last weekend to keep them winless this season. Chivas has had a terrible time at home as of late – although they did pick up a 3-2 home win against Morelia in the Copa MX in midweek – and they’ll look for a better result on the road in this one. Chivas has scored just once so far and they’ll need their attack to pick up the pace if they want to get their first league win here.
Tigres UANL remained perfect with a 1-0 win against Tijuana. The result extends the universitarios‘ home unbeaten streak to a record-tying 29 games while ending the Xolos’ own unbeaten start to the Apertura season.
Tigres were on the front foot from the beginning as they attacked with intent. They came close in the 13th minute, when Luis Rodríguez tried his luck from distance, but Gibrán Lajud was alert to the danger and made the necessary save.