Pick: Over 1.5 goals
Tigres would have been the red-hot favorites to win this fixture, but Monterrey have done well since Victor Manuel Vucetich took over. The home side won this fixture 2-1 last season, and a similar result might not be out of the picture again.
Tigres UANL are on an unbeaten run right now and have lost just once in the Clausura season. They are 3rd in the table and can go to the top with a win. They sit just 2 points adrift of leaders Pachuca, while they are a point behind Puebla, who have played a game more than them.
We think there will be goals in this game, so our pick is Over 1.5 goals.
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Monterrey defeated Tigres UANL in the Apertura back in September and will be keen on repeating the same result this weekend.
They won 2-0 that day thanks to goals from Arturo González and Matías Kranevitter in either half. The first goal came in the 14th minute, and they had one disallowed by VAR in the final seconds of the first half. They had to wait until stoppage time of the second half to seal the win, despite not being able to control the game.
Tigres dominated the possession and were the side with more attempts on goal. The away side battled hard for the points but could not get past the Monterrey defense, who stood tall in front of their goal, as they did with their clean sheet midweek against Juarez. We think this could be a high-scoring draw.
Tigres have been on a good run this season and lost just once.
They sit 3rd in the league table with 20 points from their 9 matches so far. The loss is not something they’ll need to worry about too much, seeing as it came against Puebla, a side ahead of them in the league table, and not a slip-up against a team below them.
Miguel Herrera’s side were on a 5-match winning streak when they faced Cruz Azul earlier this month. Despite the two sides sitting close together in the league table, they were the favorites to win.
Tigres did precisely what was expected of them and took an early 2-0 lead. André-Pierre Gignac and Juan Vigón scored inside the first half-hour of the game and were comfortable in possession of the ball. But a goal in the added time of the first half by Luis Abram changed things around. Azul started to dominate the proceedings and took the game to Tigres, who were forced to defend their lead.
Herrera’s side did well to keep their lead until the very end, but a momentary lapse saw José Rivero score the equalizer for Azul in the 92nd minute and end their winning streak.
The defeat did not do much damage to their confidence as Tigres defeated Club Leon 3-0 in their very next game, a clinical effort during which they got a stunning 8 of their 12 goal attempts on target.
They have a game in hand at the moment, and it could be the one that eventually decides the title in what is now a three-way race; that’s because the game in hand is against Pachuca, who currently top the table. Check out more International Soccer matches here.
With Monterrey lingering at 16th in the league table, the club made a big decision and fired manager Javier Aguirre. The tension was building among Monterrey’s support, and the topping point came when they lost 2-0 at home to Atletico San Luis.
They had picked up just 5 points from their 5 matches at that point, but the issue was worse than just the league standings. This year, the Liga MX side were in the Club World Cup but could not make it to the semi-final. They lost to Al Ahly in the quarter-finals but managed to beat Al Jazira to finish 5th in the competition.
That was not enough for the fans or the board, and Aguirre lost his job. They replaced him with Victor Manuel Vucetich – a manager who spent 4 seasons at the club from 2009 to 2013 – who had won the Apertura twice during his first spell, and won the CONCACAF Champions League three times.
The change in manager worked immediately for Monterrey, and they have pushed up the league table. They have won their three matches – and with some comfort – under the new manager and are now within touching distance of the top 4.
They came from behind to defeat Club América in his first game in charge, thanks to goals from Joel Campbell and Rogelio Funes Mori. They went on to beat Mazatlan 2-1 with ease and were comfortable throughout the game despite what the scoreline suggests. Stefan Medina and Campbell scored in the first half, and the defnese did not let the lead slip.
Their performances have only gotten better under Vucetich, and their win over Juárez was an ode to that in their midweek fixture this week. They dominated possession against Juzarez’s 10 men – before and after the 40th minute red card – through the game, and goals from Rodolfo Pizarro, Campbell, and José Alvarado saw them seal a 3-0 win.
A win over Tigres would see them jump to 4th – level on points with Atlas after looking down and out last month.
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|Teams||Tigres UANL vs Monterrey|
|Location||Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza|
|Time||Saturday, March 19 at 9pm EST|
|How to watch||Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes|
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