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Santos Laguna vs, Atlas FC: Time, TV Schedule and live stream

Atlas looks to make it two wins in a row against Santos Laguna, who haven’t lost two at home in all of 2018.

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Santos Laguna v Cruz Azul - Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX Photo by Natalia Perales/Getty Images

Game: Club Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V. vs. Atlas Fútbol Club

Date: Friday, October 5th

Time: 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Central, 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 12:00 a.m. UTC

Venue: Estadio Corona TSM (Torreón, Coah.)

Referees: REF: Jorge Antonio Pérez Durán, AR1: José Luis Camargo Callado, AR2: Miguel Angel Chua Ortiz, 4TH: Roberto Rios Jácome

Television: United States - Univision Deportes; Mexico - ESPN Norte, Azteca 7,

Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription), Sling TV (Free trial + monthly subscription), Univision NOW, Fanatiz (Check service for available regions)

Toluca v Santos Laguna - Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX
Liga MX’s leading goalscorer Julio Furch has eight goals in ten games for Santos Laguna.
Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

It was a strange week last week. Santos Laguna (6W 3D 2L) beating Necaxa (3W 2D 6L) wasn’t that strange, but winning 1-0 when the losing team had a whopping 65% of the possession was strange. Julio Furch scoring wasn’t strange, but Carlos Acevedo playing light out in goal and getting a clean sheet was if not strange then certainly a bit unexpected.

Atlas (1W 2D 8L) had an even stranger week. Not only did they score (they’d only done so once in their ten prior games), they scored twice and won their first game of the season - against Toluca (6W 1D 4L) of all clubs.

These two clubs will meet tonight , and we’ll most likely see something of a regression toward the mean. While Atlas isn’t as bad as their record or goalscoring may suggest, they also have to face the defending champions in a building they’ve lost exactly one game in all calendar year. Santos has two of the top five goalscorers in Liga MX with Furch (8) and Jonathan Rodríguez (6), both of whom have more goals than Atlas (3) does all season.

Santos has been finding their form a bit lately as well. The defense is playing well as an entire unit, making the lives of Acevedo and Jonathan Orozco that much easier. Hugo Nervo and Matheus Doría have clicked at center back, and José Abella ans Jesús Angulo (as well as Gerardo Arteaga) have earned call-ups by the Mexican National Team. Atlas forwards Jefferson Duque and Ulises Cardona will most likely struggle to find space against this back line.

Atlas v Toluca - Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX
Nineteen-year-old Ulises Cardona scored Atlas’ second goal of the season last week.
Photo by Refugio Ruiz/Getty Images

Atlas does have a ton of promising young talent, with Cardona (19) joined by the likes of Bryan Garnica (22), Clifford Aboagye (23), and Ian Torres (18). If they can keep this nucleus together and build around it and see other young players like Edgar Zaldívar (21) develop, we may see the beginning of something special in Zapopan.

That may not be enough however to help them tonight against Santos. Then again, it seemed impossible that they’d score a goal or win a game just a few short weeks ago.