Atlas vs Tigres Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Tigres have done an excellent job of resolving some early season issues.
- Can Atlas keep up in the postseason race for a title?
- With the end of a tenure arriving for their legendary manager, expect Tigres players to have an extra burst of energy on the pitch.
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Atlas vs Tigres Predictions and Picks
So begins the wildcard round of the Liga MX playoffs! Up first in the battle for a place in the quarterfinal stage of the competition: 7th place Atlas vs 10th place Tigres.
Looking ahead to Saturday, Atlas have had a better season overall and will be the favorites as the hosts of the one-legged series. Nonetheless, Tigres shouldn’t be ignored. They have a superior squad over the home team and should feel compelled to end the tenure of their current coach — who is set to leave the team at the end of the season — on a positive note.
Atlas should be given credit for what they’ve done so far in 2021, but up against Tigres, it’s tough to say that they’ll go any further in the playoffs.
Tigres for the win (+120)
How to Watch Atlas vs Tigres
|Atlas vs Tigres Information|
|Teams||Atlas vs Tigres|
|Location||Estadio Jalisco (Guadalajara, Mexico)|
|Time||Saturday, May 8th at 8:00 pm ET|
|How to Watch||TUDN|
Before criticizing them, let’s first give Atlas some credit.
Once a team sitting dead last during the first few weeks of the 2021 Clausura season, Atlas eventually turned things around by late February through a string of wins that pushed them up the league table. Thanks to the defensive approach from manager Diego Cocca, the Guadalajara-based squad gradually became more organized with each passing week.
That said, they are far from perfect. By April, Atlas seemed to run out of energy as they finished the regular season with three losses, two wins and one draw. Granted, their last result was a 5-1 win over Necaxa, but it’s important to note that the one-sided result was against the worst Liga MX team of 2021.
Whether they still have enough push to go far in the playoffs, or if they used it all up against Necaxa, remains up in the air.
And by Saturday night, they’ll face a harsh test against arguably the top team in the country.
Following Some Inconsistent Performances, Tigres Have Recently Been Impressive
It’s no secret that Tigres have underperformed in the Clausura tournament so far. With the high salaries and superstars that they have at their disposal, they should look more like a Bayern Munich or Manchester City of Liga MX than a mid-table team that almost missed out on the playoffs.
Criticism aside, there does seem to be a usual late-season push when looking at their last few matches. Tigres have been undefeated since April 10th, and in their previous six games, they have only collected one loss — which was against current 2nd place team Club America.
It’s also important to remember that Tigres also took part in the 2021 Club World Cup earlier this year, and were it not for the competition, they would potentially be higher up in the league table.
Was Atlas’ Latest Result A Flash In The Pan?
It’s one thing to recognize that Atlas got a 5-1 win to end the season, but what about their opponent?
Necaxa, who ultimately ended up finishing last in the league table, have some of the worst defensive numbers in Liga MX. With 29 goals allowed in 17 games, only San Luis allowed more in their own net this season than Necaxa. With this in mind, a significant win is perhaps more expected than noteworthy for Atlas.
And outside of this win, Atlas haven’t exactly been brilliant in the final third either. In fact, if you subtract the three goals that were given to them after Club America were punished for having an ineligible player earlier this season, Atlas have only scored eight times in nine home games…
The Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti Factor For Tigres
There’s no statistic or value that can highlight the managerial importance of Tuca for Tigres. Since rejoining them in 2010, the Brazilian has made them the most dominant Liga MX team of the last decade.
Tuca is a living legend in the game, and with plenty of experienced names in his squad, very few will be lacking energy or drive in what will be his last season with the club.
As long as Tuca is on the sideline, don’t bet against Tigres this weekend.
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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]