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After a successful season opener game, with a 1-0 win against FC Juarez, Los Rojinegros will try to make it two W’s in a row visiting their former “brothers”, Monarcas Morelia, this Friday night in Week 2 of the Apertura 2019 season.

How both teams come into this game

As we said earlier, La Academia managed to fend off a gritty Juarez team last Friday with a narrow 1-0 game, a match that was affected by the rain that came pouring out one hour before the start, and that delayed it for 45 minutes. A lone goal by Edson Rivera in the second half was enough for Atlas to get their first three points of the season.

There were some good things showed by the team, specifically from Jairo Torres and Jesus Isijara, those two wings were persistent and created some opportunities throughout the encounter. New goalkeeper Camilo Vargas saved Los Rojinegros a couple of times with some good saves. Edgar Zaldivar tried his best impersonation of Lorenzo Reyes, and Edson Rivera was a decent substitution, scoring the winning goal.

Having said that, Atlas showed some weaknesses against Juarez: they had a hard time stopping the visitors on corner kicks, as they brought some special plays that surprised the locals and were almost the difference for Juarez. Osvaldo Martinez looked average, making some mistakes on passes, Ricky Alvarez looked really bad out there and was subbed by Edson Rivera. The defense had some trouble defending some Juarez counterattacks, and Atlas lacked that link up a guy in the middle to create more chances. Against other teams like Tigres or America, they’ll need to play better overall to have a chance.

On the other hand, Morelia played against the reigning champions, Tigres, and lost their opener 4-2, in a game where they suffered a lot when Andre Pierre Gignac and company turned the jets and score three goals in the first half. They managed to bag two goals and almost surprise everyone, but a golazo from Javier Aquino at the end sentenced this match. Overall, you can’t judge a lot from Monarcas given their rival and how they scored against Tigres, but it’s clear they’ll be fighting the mid-table spots and we’ll be a long shot to make the liguilla.

Recent history

Los Rojinegros have won three times in their last 5 trips to Morelia, the most recent one last season, beating Monarcas 2-1.

Clausura 2019     Morelia 1-2 Atlas

Clausura 2018     Morelia 2-1 Atlas

Apertura 2016    Morelia 3-2 Atlas

Apertura 2015    Morelia 0-1 Atlas

Apertura 2014    Morelia 0-2 Atlas

Overall, in games played at either Morelia or Guadalajara, Monarcas have the upper hand, winning three of five.

Clausura 2019   Morelia 1-2 Atlas

Apertura 2018   Atlas 0-1 Morelia

Clausura 2018   Morelia 2-1 Atlas

Apertura 2017   Atlas 0-1 Morelia

Clausura 2017   Atlas 3-1 Morelia

Match info / TV Streaming.

Apertura 2019

Venue: Morelos Stadium

Time: 19:00 Mexico City time

Streaming: TV Azteca

 

 

 

 

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