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Pumas UNAM vs. Club Tijuana Prediction: Will Pumas Get Back to Winning Ways?

Written by: Angelo Zarra
Published March 8, 2024
8 min read

The Estadio Olímpico Universitario will be the site where the hosts, Pumas UNAM will look to snap their two-game losing streak against struggling side Club Tijuana. In the current edition of the Clausura, Pumas is enjoying a nine-point advantage over their counterparts in the table. Though in the head-to-head department, it’s Club Tijuana who holds the slim advantage with eight wins and seven draws in their previous 24 encounters.

Pumas UNAM will be looking to rebound from last weekend's grotesque 3-0 loss to Monterrey away from home. With back-to-back defeats in that span, the club has suddenly had to labor on bagging a goal only registering one in that span.

Meanwhile, for a longer stretch of the Clausura, Club Tijuana is currently blanked in the win column of the table. Though it’s not all doom and gloom for La Jauría, they have only suffered four defeats in 10 games in the competition.

Here, we will break down the betting odds and share our favorite picks for Pumas UNAM vs. Club Tijuana.

Pumas UNAM vs. Club Tijuana betting odds for Sunday, March 10

Heading into this matchup, Pumas UNAM are the home favorites listed at -145 on the money line, the draw is +285 and massive underdogs Club Tijuana are +350 to steal all three points. Considering how dominant Pumas have been at home, winning four of five matches at home. Think we are getting good value on the money line in this situation.

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Pumas UNAM vs Club Tijuana Prediction

Pumas UNAM vs. Club Tijuana Prediction

Pumas UNAM 

It’s no coincidence losers of two straight happen to be in that same time-span striker Guillermo Martinez has failed to find the back of the net. If this side is going to rebound and snap their winless run of two games, Martinez will have to be more involved on the score sheet. With four tallies in 848 minutes played, the 28-year-old is exceeding expectations with an xG of 3.69. Facing a side that is averaging 1.8 goals against the road, look for the ex-Puebla player to make his influence in this match. 

Tied with Martinez for goals scored with four markers, Eduardo Salvio is another significant player up on the attack. The Argentine was off to a blazing start to 2024, recording three goals in as many games. Since then, he’s cooled off bagging one goal in his last seven matches. The right winger is a key setup man, setting up four goals which puts him close to the top in the assist category. The 33-year-old carries a lethal shot in his arsenal, which is why he ranks amongst the top in Liga MX with a total of 32. 

Club Tijuana 

Sitting four points out from the basement and five from the play-in round, there aren’t too many bright spots in the new calendar year for Club Tijuana. Including that list is SC Dnipro-1 loaned out member Domingo Blanco. In nine starts the Argentine has a lowly two shots in 788 minutes of play. In last weekend's 1-1 draw with León, Blanco earned a yellow card in the 44th minute for a bad foul, finishing up with a passing accuracy of 82 percent, going 27-for-33.

If there is a shining light on this club, it’s getting to witness Christian Rivera's wizardry-like play on the pitch. Especially in last week’s one-all draw putting in a man-of-the-match shift. The Colombian was engaged for all 90 minutes finishing off the match with the most completed passes with 61. Another stat that can’t be overlooked is Rivera had the most tackles finishing with five.

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Pumas UNAM vs. Club Tijuana - My Pick

Don’t be patient waiting for the line to drop, it will only go up closer to kick-off time so we suggest locking in the home side in this affair. Pumas are just as solid on the back end as they are upfront at home only conceding three goals in five home matches.

On the other hand Club Tijuana could be in for a long afternoon taking on a stout Auriazules back line. Finding goals hasn’t been easy only averaging a goal per match on the road. The away side here has some blemishes on the backend, failing to keep a clean sheet in eight straight matches.

How to Watch Pumas UNAM vs. Club Tijuana

  • When: Sunday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET

  • Where: Estadio Olímpico Universitario

  • TV: Univision, Telemundo, Fox Sports, ESPN, Vix and Sling TV

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Hailing from the great white north in Canada, over the last 15 years, Angelo has been wagering on sports and, more specifically, the sport that’s in his blood, soccer. Well-versed in soccer leagues across the globe, keeping tabs on what’s happening in the world of soccer. Since 2022, Angelo has published MLS betting previews on various websites, including on Major League Soccer's official betting page for a short while. Through the power of social media, Angelo has been invited to talk soccer betting on national TV & radio on Sports Grid.

In Angelo’s free time, he can be found walking his dog and lounging at home watching any game that's on while enjoying his second favourite thing after sports: food! 

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