Atlas vs Tigres Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Tigres have a handful of goal-scoring replacements for their star player that will be missing
- With a big tournament coming up, Tigres have little time to waste and must soon fine-tune their tactics
- It’s early in the Liga MX season, but Atlas haven’t made an excellent case for themselves
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Atlas vs Tigres Predictions and Picks
Tigres can’t slip up twice in a row, right?
After being silenced by Santos Laguna last week in a 2-0 defeat, Tigres (who have only lost back-to-back Liga MX games once since September of 2018) should be more than motivated to come roaring back.
Atlas haven’t had much to offer in the start of the 2021 Clausura, and with no goals to their name in their two losses, it doesn’t appear as though they’ll be much of a headache for opposing Liga MX teams.
Even though Tigres will be missing a key player like Andre-Pierre Gignac, they’ll have no excuses against a listless side like Atlas.
Tigres for the win (+105)
How to Watch Atlas vs Tigres
|Atlas vs Tigres Information|
|What||Atlas vs Tigres|
|Where||Estadio Jalisco (Guadalajara, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, January 23rd at 8:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
You can’t make too many assumptions after just two weeks of Liga MX play, but after a couple of rounds in the 2021 Clausura, one team stands out for their position at the bottom of the table: Atlas.
In what is supposed to be a rebuilding season of sorts, those in charge of the Guadalajara club were thrown an immediate curveball when incoming striker Julio Furch suffered an injury just days before the Clausura began. Since then, Atlas have been scoreless in their 2-0 loss to Monterrey and a 1-0 defeat by Queretaro.
Tigres, although capable of accomplishing more, have three points in hand after earning a victory and loss so far. Their 2-0 defeat by Santos, which followed a 2-0 win over current title-holders Leon, was a wake-up call for a team that are one of the favorites for this season’s championship.
Most importantly, it was also a reminder that they too have some questions to deal with after a recent injury to Gignac.
Although both Atlas and Tigres will once again head into the weekend without their star strikers, Tigres have many more pieces that could help compensate in the final third.
Tigres Have Answers For The Gignac Problem
It doesn’t take much effort to recognize the noteworthy difference in talent and power between Tigres and Atlas. While Atlas will be relying on an intriguing yet struggling core of players that have yet to find the back of the net this season, Tigres will have an arsenal of all-stars that could dominate any Liga MX opponent.
Regardless of what happened against Santos — who actually finished with a lower xG (expected goals) number than Tigres last week — Tigres’ firepower remains superior to that of Atlas’. Carlos Gonzalez, Leonardo Fernandez, Luis Quiñones and others within the squad are some of the very best names within Liga MX.
And keeping in mind that they have another important and upcoming goal in mind, it’s tough to believe that they’ll struggle for much longer.
Club World Cup Preparation Should Force Tigres To Quickly Resolve Any Issues
Despite the fact that he’s now becoming more predictable with his approach to games, there’s no denying that Tigres manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti knows how to win titles.
Since 2011, the Brazilian has collected five Liga MX championships with Tigres. Within those runs towards a trophy — and towards some of his other titles for that matter — there’s a usual theme of late-season momentum. Often willing to fine-tune and adjust his tactics, Tuca typically doesn’t tend to give it his managerial all until a few weeks are behind him.
This year, he might be thinking differently. With an invitation to the Club World Cup in early February, it will be imperative for Ferretti to perfect his strategies and tactics as soon as possible.
He’s got no time to waste, and up against Atlas, he’ll have a perfect opportunity to gain some much-needed confidence after last week’s result against Santos.
Atlas Have Been One Of The More Disappointing Liga MX Teams In Early 2021
It perhaps isn’t that surprising to see Atlas having early complications. Without Furch, their gameplan has completely been thrown out the window — and it shows in some of their statistics.
Looking at their xG, they finished with a lowly 0.71 in the 1-0 loss to Queretaro and an even worse 0.69 in the 2-0 defeat by Monterrey. Things aren’t clicking up top, and even though recognizable names like Milton Caraglio and Ignacio Malcorra should be capable of creating and finishing opportunities, we have yet to see any signs that it’ll happen at any point soon.
Two matches, two losses, no goals, and a current spot at dead last.
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Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]