Club America vs Tigres Prediction, Odds & Picks
- For whatever reason, America’s attacking efforts have run into a number of problems as of late
- There’s no arguing with the fact that Tigres are looking like one of the top teams in Liga MX right now
- After recovering from an injury, will America immediately throw their starting goalkeeper back into the net? Will they stick with their backup?
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Club America vs Tigres Odds
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Club America vs Tigres Predictions and Picks
In the chase of a top-four finish that would guarantee an automatic position in the second round of the Liga MX playoffs, both America and Tigres are in the running for a coveted invitation. Separated by just one point, this will undoubtedly be a close battle between a couple of elite clubs in Mexican soccer.
All that said, Tigres have momentum and are in the middle of their usual late-season sprint that has worked wonders for them in recent years. Undefeated in their last seven games and with five wins in their last six, you have to pick Tigres here.
Tigres for the win +145
How to Watch Club America vs Tigres
|Club America vs Tigres Information|
|What||Club America vs Tigres|
|Where||Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|When||Sunday, November 1st at 7:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||TUDN|
Only one point separates America and Tigres, and while America has a narrow advantage over their opponents, it’s Tigres who seem to have more confidence in recent weeks.
Regularly seen as a powerhouse that doesn’t hit full speed until the mid-to-late part of their schedule, Tigres are now accustomed to earning a string of dominant performances after struggling in the early stages of any tournament. This season is no different, and with seven games without a loss, manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti and his men are skyrocketing up the league table.
The best way of describing America, on the other hand, is with cautious optimism. There’s nothing too worrisome about an 8-4-3 (W-T-L) record so far, but what is problematic are the issues that are gradually creeping up in their last handful of games. With just one win in their last four, Las Aguilas haven’t exactly looked like a daunting title-contender.
And up against a squad like Tigres, fans should expect more of those issues to emerge for America.
America’s Finishing Has Been Off In the Last Couple Of Months
It’s tough to pinpoint exactly what the reason is for this, but America have run into a handful of games in recent weeks in which they’ve struggled with finding the back of the net.
Granted, they put two past Leon and Pumas in October, but there’s still something a bit strange with their goal-scoring opportunities in many of their other games since mid-September: 1-1 vs Toluca, 1-0 vs Chivas, 0-0 vs Cruz Azul and 1-0 vs Atlas.
It’s a problem that would perhaps be nice for other sides who are sitting far below them in the league table, but looking ahead to the playoffs and to this weekend’s match against an imposing roster like the one from Tigres, fans shouldn’t expect America to find the back of the net more than once.
Simply Put: Tigres Have Been Unstoppable
If we were to divide Tigres’ season into two halves, the second and most impressive chunk of their tournament began on September 9th. Since that day’s game — which was a 1-1 draw against Leon — Tigres have put up some of the best numbers in the league.
Let’s dive into them. In seven games, Tigres have scored 14 goals and allowed just two. In those seven, they’ve amassed five wins and two ties.
And it’s not as if they have been going up against only easy and straightforward opponents. During that seven-game run, they’ve battled against complicated footballing foes like Leon, Santos Laguna, Monterrey and Cruz Azul.
Tigres are the real deal, and more than likely, America will just be a manageable speed bump in their path towards another potential title.
The Goalkeeping Question For America
We’ve seen it across numerous leagues and teams across the world. After a goalkeeper — or any player for that matter — suffers an injury that keeps them out for a month or longer, they tend to need a game or two to rediscover their rhythm.
And therein lies the problem for America. With star talent, Guillermo Ochoa now reportedly fit and set to make his return for the first time since September, does manager Miguel “Piojo” Herrera immediately throw him into a tough match against Tigres? Is it more of a risk to stick with backup Oscar Jimenez?
No matter what Herrera decides, if America loses, many critics will be sure to bring up this goalkeeping issue.
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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.
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