Club Tijuana vs Monterrey Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Club Tijuana manager Pablo Guede must aim for a positive start to a crucial game in his early tenure with the team
- If Guede expectedly throws numbers forward, this should leave plenty of space in his defense
- Blessed with an abundance of attacking muscle and talent, Monterrey should capitalize on the chances that Club Tijuana will surely provide for them
Club Tijuana vs Monterrey Odds
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Club Tijuana vs Monterrey Predictions and Picks
While it wouldn’t be a surprise if a marquee club like Monterrey found the back of the net in the 1st half — something which they’ve already done a few times this season — it will be in Tijuana’s best interest to hit the ground running and attempt to make their own first strike.
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How to Watch Club Tijuana vs Monterrey
|Club Tijuana vs Monterrey Information|
|What||Club Tijuana vs Monterrey|
|Where||Estadio Caliente (Tijuana, Mexico)|
|When||Friday, September 4th at 10:06 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Fox Sports 1|
Monterrey, the sleeping giants, are waking up. After showing signs of a real championship hangover in the early parts of 2020, Los Rayados are now unbeaten in their last five and are in the middle of a two-game winning streak. Carried by a roster that is arguably the best in North America, Monterrey is in a good run of attacking form with six goals in their last three games.
As for Tijuana, new manager Pablo Guede should be more than motivated to push his side to a positive result. With only two wins so far this season, the 45-year-old Argentine is currently dealing with plenty of mounting pressure from media and fans.
Given another bad result or two, he may face some pressure from Tijuana ownership as well.
Stakes Are Beginning To Become High For Guede
In a club that tends to be very fickle when it comes to management, Guede’s room for errors is growing exponentially smaller and smaller with each passing week.
With a current place outside of the playoff-worthy top 12 in Liga MX, questions and worries are starting to be asked of the coach who was expected to make waves with his highly talented squad. Instead, internal issues have emerged. In the midst of a bad run of form for the team, reports emerged of indiscipline regarding a couple of key players within the roster.
All of this in mind, Guede must take back control this Friday. Against a team as dominant as Monterrey, it would only benefit the attack-minded coach to take immediate chances that could earn an early lead.
Known For His Risks, Guede May Also Inadvertently Create Space In Attack For Monterrey
Thanks to his gung-ho approach that throws numbers forward, one glaring weak-link for Tijuana under Guede is his tendency to leave too much space for the opposition in the attack.
While his Xolos love to push forward and attempt to create chances in the final third, they also let themselves be vulnerable to plenty of counters that regularly pin the team back.
There’s no doubt that Tijuana needs to fix their backline.
At the time of writing, only Toluca has allowed more goals than Guede’s Xolos in the current season. Often focusing on what he can adjust and improve in the frontline, Guede’s style of play leaves much to be desired defensively.
Which is all good news for Monterrey…
Monterrey Have Enough Firepower To Close Out Game In The 1st Half
With Tijuana lacking confidence and morale in recent matches, Monterrey should seek to stun their opponents with a couple of early goals.
They luckily have a plethora of options who could get the job done.
Names such as Rogelio Funes Mori, Ake Loba, Dorlan Pabon, Jesus Gallardo, Maximilano Meza, and numerous others are talented enough to single-handedly win games and find the back of the net.
Few teams rack up as many shots as Los Rayados either. With a total of 14.49 shots per game, no team in Liga MX averages more shots per 90 minutes than Monterrey. Riding on the wave of an undefeated streak, the 2019 Apertura champions appear to be hitting rhythm and groove that should be able to easily crash past Tijuana’s defense this Friday.
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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]