Leon vs Tigres Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- In their last handful of games, Tigres have looked like a shadow of their former selves
- One of Leon’s most important attacking figures is beginning to fire on all cylinders
- Tigres will be missing a decisive and indispensable member of their starting XI this Wednesday
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Leon vs Tigres Predictions and Picks
Could Tigres surprise Leon here and steal a win? Although they have the talent and attacking names to do so, recent results and the lack of a key player point to another negative finish for manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti and his men.
It might be close, but in the end, it’ll go to the home side.
Leon for the win +125
How to Watch Leon vs Tigres
|Leon vs Tigres Information|
|What||Leon vs Tigres|
|Where||Estadio Leon (Leon, Mexico)|
|When||Wednesday, September 9th at 6:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||TUDN|
While Leon seems to be making progress week after week, Tigres have stumbled further and further down the league table.
For a powerhouse club-like Tigres that is the closest that Liga MX has to a dynasty over the last decade, there are serious worries over their lack of wins in the 2020 Apertura season. Without a victory since August 11th, the club appears to be entering a mini-crisis near the halfway point of the tournament.
Things couldn’t be any more different for Leon. Thanks to four wins in their last five games, Los Panzas Verdes is currently sitting at the very top of the Liga MX table. Looking ahead to Wednesday, they’ll be expected to hold onto that #1 position when they face off against a Tigres roster that has been listless.
Tigres Have Had A Slow Start To The Season
Although every team in Liga MX has its fair share of hurdles and problems, things are beginning to become worrisome for Tigres in the latter half of 2020.
After eight matchdays in the season, Ferretti and his roster only have two wins to show from those eight appearances. Stuck in a mid-table position that highlights their mediocrity, there’s no denying the fact that the side has been extremely underwhelming since early last month.
Their propensity for allowing last-minute goals isn’t helping either. Tigres have now gone through four consecutive games in a row in which the opposition has scored after the 90th minute.
Angel Mena Is Picking Up His Form For Leon
It took a few weeks longer than expected, but Mena is finally starting to play to the best of his abilities. In Leon’s last two games, the 32-year-old Ecuadorian has stepped up with two goals and an assist.
In a squad that has so far been able to thrive with low-scoring wins and draws, Mena’s resurgence is welcome news when it comes to adding in some more attacking insurance in the frontline.
Once a leading goalscorer for the league in the recent past, Mena still has plenty to offer in the final third and has shown in the last couple of games that he’s ready to rack up even more opportunities for Leon.
Tigres Will Also Be Missing a Vital Midfielder
Even though it is superstar striker Andre-Pierre Gignac who steals most of the headlines for Tigres, the argument could be made that midfielder Rafael Carioca is their most important player.
And unfortunately for Tigres fans, Carioca won’t be available this Wednesday.
After earning a red in the latest 3-1 loss to Chivas, the Brazilian will now miss out on the upcoming match against Leon. As a well-rounded midfielder who not only threads countless passes together but also provides additional defensive help, Carioca’s absence will be a monumental one for Tigres.
Regardless of the long list of talented names that Ferretti has at his disposal, no player can recreate the impact that Carioca has on the field.
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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.