Tijuana brought a halt to Monterrey’s season-long unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory on Saturday night. The result gives the Xolos four wins in their last five, while the Rayados are now winless in two.
The first chance of the game went to the visitors, with Dorlan Pabón testing Gibrán Lajud early on. But Tijuana responded with a chance of their own moments later, when Fabián Castillo got into the box and forced a good save out of Marcelo Barovero.
Pachuca got back to winning ways with a comfortable 4-0 victory against Tijuana. The result keeps the Tuzos perfect at home this season, while the Xolos saw their three-game winning streak and five-game unbeaten streak brought to an abrupt halt.
The game started of well for the hosts, who came out attacking and took the lead in the 9th minute. Jaine Barreiro, who scored not one but two own-goals in Pachuca’s loss last weekend, found some redemption as he headed home a corner kick to make it 1-0 for the Tuzos.
Necaxa took the lead but couldn’t hold it as they fell 1-2 to Tijuana. The result is a second straight win for the Xolos, who are unbeaten in four, while the Rayos have now lost two in a row and are winless in three.
The hosts came out attacking as they looked to keep their home unbeaten streak alive, and both Martín Barragán and Ángel Sepúlveda were active in attack, but Manuel Gibrán Lajud stopped everything that got to him.
Tijuana continued their climb up the table with a 3-0 victory against 10-man Veracruz. The result keeps the Xolos unbeaten in three and gives them back-to-back home wins, while the Tiburones Rojos remain winless and goalless in the Clausura.
The night got complicated for the visitors early on. In the 8th minute, Edson García was sent off after committing a handball to prevent a clear goal-scoring opportunity. That incident left the Tiburones Rojos with just 10 men – and also gave Tijuana a penalty kick.
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.
Tijuana 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 the Xolos are unbeaten in two.
The visitors started the game off better, with Santos struggling to get into a rhythm. Gustavo Bou had the first chance of the game with a shot from outside the box that went just wide; the Xolos continued to press, and in the 19th minute they took the lead.
Toluca vs Cruz Azul – 1:00 PM – Univision / Univision Deportes
Toluca (12th) fell 2-0 to Tijuana last weekend to extend their losing streak to three games. The Diablos rojos will look to get back to winning ways when they return to the Estadio Nemesio Diez for this one, but they’ve had mixed results at home so far in the Clausura. They’ve also failed to score in their last three matches, bringing their scoreless streak to 280 minutes. They have a fairly good defensive record, though, and they’ll also have the advantage of some extra rest for this one as they did not have a midweek game.
As for Cruz Azul (10th), La Máquina fell 2-0 to León last weekend to end their two-game winning streak. That was the first time this season Cruz Azul conceded more than one goal in a game, although on the other hand they’ve also failed to score more than one goal in a game. That pattern continued in the Copa MX in midweek, where they played out a 1-1 draw with León. They’ll look to get back on track when they face a new opponent in this one.
Tijuana earned their first home victory of the season with a 2-0 win against Toluca. The result gives the Xolos two wins in their last three games while the Diablos Rojos have now lost three in a row.
Tijuana had struggled to score this season, with just one goal in their previous four games, but they came out attacking and looked dangerous in this one. Within the first five minutes, they had had two good chances through Gustavou Bou and Ariel Nahuelpán that forced Alfredo Talavera into action.
América vs Querétaro – 6:00 PM – Univision Deportes
América (8th) fell 3-2 to Monterrey last weekend in a wild game that saw the Águilas lose their perfect record. They also picked up a pair of red cards in that game, and they’ll be without the suspended Jorge Sánchez and Emanuel Aguilera for this one as a result. América has one of the best attacking records in the league, though, with at least two goals scored in all of their league games to date, and they’ll look to take advantage of a vulnerable opponent to get back to winning ways here. They couldn’t win – or score – in midweek, though, where they fell 2-0 to San Luis in the Copa MX.
As for Querétaro (18th), the Gallos Blancos fell 0-4 to León last weekend to keep them winless and pointless in the Clausura 2019. Querétaro has suffered through four straight defeats while conceding a league-high 11 goals; they’ve managed just two of their own. The Gallos need to get it together ASAP if they want to avoid a historically bad season, but the Azteca is an intimidating place to be looking for their first win. Querétaro will be better-rested for this game, though, as they did not have a midweek match.
Cruz Azul once again earned a win by the minimum difference thanks to a penalty kick. The 1-0 victory against Tijuana gives La Máquina back-to-back victories, while the Xolos suffered their third loss of the young season.
The game started off slowly, but then Cruz Azul’s attack began to click. Roberto Alvarado and Elías Hernández frequently switched wings as they stretched Tijuana’s defense, while Jonathan Rodríguez had several opportunities saved by Manuel Gibrán Lajud.