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Monarcas Morelia vs. Santos Laguna: Time, TV schedule, and live stream

Week 2 of the 2018 Liga MX Apertura starts off with two teams with something to prove.

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Game: Club Atlético Monarcas Morelia vs. Club Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V.

Date: Friday, July 27th

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

Venue: Estadio Morelos (Morelia, Michoacán)

Referees: REF: Fernando Guerrero Ramírez, AR1: Alberto Morin Méndez, AR2: Israel Valenciano Torres, 4TH: Angel Monroy Bello

Television: United States - ESPN Deportes, Univision Deportes Network; Mexico - TDN

Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription), Sling TV, Univision NOW, Watch ESPN

Toluca v Morelia - Playoffs Torneo Clasura 2018 Liga MX
Lead by captain Gabriel Achilier, Monarcas’ defense will have their work cut out for them against Santos Laguna.
Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Monarcas Morelia (0W 0D 1L) heads back to Michoacán with something to prove. On the heels of a disappointing 2-0 loss to Toluca, they head home to face defending champions Santos Laguna (1W 0D 0L).

Morelia’s offense was going to be a concern from the moment they sent Raul Ruidíaz to the Seattle Sounders, and their flat performance last week did nothing to dispel the worries. Irven Ávila was brought in during the offseason to replace Ruidíaz, however he’ll need to do better than the one shot he got off against Toluca. The link between Ávila, Carlos Fierro, and Diego Valdés has the potential to be something remarkable if all three can perform to their potential. Until this is the case however, Morelia will continue to struggle against quality teams.

Santos Laguna v Lobos BUAP - Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX
Santos gave the home fans plenty to cheer about in their home opener.
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Defending champions Santos are a quality team, however how much quality isn’t yet known. Santos looked dominant against Lobos BUAP last week, but that isn’t saying much.

There are still questions that beg to be asked: can the defense cope with the loss of Carlos Izquierdoz and Néstor Araujo? Gerardo Alcoba and Hugo Nervo looked decent enough, but at times the miscommunications were evident. Lobos’ lone goal wasn’t either man’s fault, but there were times that a better team would have capitalized against them.

Can the offense cope with the loss of Djaniny Tavares? So far they have. Julio Furch and Jonathan Rodríguez both looked great, but the qualifier is again that it was against Lobos BUAP.

Santos Laguna v Lobos BUAP - Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX
Uruguayan Jonathan Rodríguez will be a key component of Santos’ success.
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Monarcas will prove a much tougher test and in a just world, a win would be enough to convince people that they’re for real like last season. In reality however, while it will help build up the confidence of skeptical fans (and media) it probably won’t be enough to silence the doubters.

That’s ok though. Few believed Santos would win last season except for Santos, but in the end, that was more than enough.