Mazatlan FC vs Tigres Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Mazatlan still have plenty to prove as Liga MX’s newcomers
- Tigres appear to be on the cusp of once again taking charge of the league
- With striker Andre-Pierre Gignac up top for Tigres, it’s doubtful Mazatlan will be able to compete
Mazatlan FC vs Tigres Odds
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Mazatlan FC vs Tigres Predictions and Picks
Superior in nearly every aspect of their roster, there are no reasons as to why Tigres should be losing this match. Tigres have had some problems of their own, but they don’t compare to the long list of worries that have started to accumulate for 18th place Mazatlan.
Tigres for the win +100
How to Watch Mazatlan FC vs Tigres
|Mazatlan FC vs Tigres Information|
|What||Mazatlan FC vs Tigres|
|Where||Estadio de Mazatlan (Mazatlan, Mexico)|
|When||Friday, August 28th at 10:30 PM ET|
|How to Watch||TUDN|
In most cases when looking at Liga MX clashes, initial perceptions can be deceiving. Powerhouses are regularly thrashed by minnows, high-scoring results sometimes emerge from dull-looking affairs and underdogs always have a decent chance for upsets.
That likely won’t be true for this Friday’s game.
Mazatlan, sitting at last place in the league table, are the latest addition in Liga MX. With only one win and 11 goals allowed in six games, the Liga MX newcomers are going through an adjustment phase in their first-ever season.
Tigres, on the other hand, are the closest that the league has to a dynasty club in recent years. A quick look at the last nine completed seasons reveals four league titles for the Nuevo Leon club. In a league that is known for its parity and unpredictability when it comes to crowning a champion, Tigres is one of the only constants that remain when it comes to their status as perennial title-favorites.
And they’ll undoubtedly be the favorites against Mazatlan this week.
Mazatlan Are Still Figuring Out Their Process
New teams need time. Placed in a league that demands instant results in a short-season format, it’s fair to not expect much from Mazatlan over the next few months.
Sure, there is the exception of their 2-1 win over Toluca earlier in the tournament, but outside of that result, they have been on the receiving end of draws and losses. Mazatlan isn’t and will not be a threat to most Liga MX teams in 2020. It’s as simple as that and it’s a harsh reality for a team that has already had a rough time in the early stages of the current tournament.
New manager Francisco “Paco” Palencia is somewhat untested himself as a coach as well. He and his roster have shown glimpses of exciting play, but fans will need to be patient before they can rely on the team for consistent wins.
Tigres Look Like A Sleeping Giant
Remember when I said earlier that one of the only constants in Liga MX is Tigres emerging as a title-contender? The same could be said for their usual run of form that typically needs a few weeks before taking off.
Perhaps due to a schedule that is typically busier than most because of their constant playoff presence, Tigres and manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti usually need a handful of games under their belts before truly starting to flex their muscles.
After six games — and with an upcoming encounter against the worst team so far in the season — this week now seems like a perfect time for Tigres to pick up their pace.
Who Will Stop Tigres’ Andre-Pierre Gignac?
It’s a pretty simple idea.
What happens when the league’s leading goalscorer (Gignac with six) goes up against the worst team in Liga MX? More than likely: Goals for Tigres.
Along with more total shots and shots per 90 minutes than any other player in the league, it’s difficult to assume that Mazatlan will survive this Friday’s game against Tigres.
Unless if Gignac has an off day, anticipate at least a goal or two from the veteran French striker.
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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.