Tigres vs Pachuca Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Tigres’ reinforced frontline could show off a latest signing
- Another opportunity for Tigres’ incredibly strong midfield duo to flex their muscle
- Apprehension regarding Pachuca’s striker problem lingers
Tigres vs Pachuca Odds
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Tigres vs Pachuca Predictions and Picks
Tigres, arguably one of the most powerful teams in the Western Hemisphere, should have no difficulties here against a Pachuca team that is rebuilding.
This is an easy one, take Tigres for the win.
Pick: Tigres (-115).
How to Watch Tigres vs Pachuca
|Tigres vs Pachuca Information|
|What||Tigres vs Pachuca|
|Where||Estadio Universitario (Monterrey, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, August 1st at 8:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
In a league that is predictably unpredictable like Liga MX, there is one constant that remains: Tigres’ dominance.
During the last nine tournaments (not including the 2020 Clausura that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic), Tigres have built a powerhouse roster that have lifted four Liga MX trophies — more than any other team during that span. Their team is an aging one, but one that has an incredible amount of depth and firepower that can overwhelm any other squad in the region.
They are an easy title favorite this season, and with a 3-0 away in hand over Necaxa to start the 2020 Apertura, they’re kicking things off on the right foot.
Pachuca, for all of their notoriety for developing the best young Mexican talent, simply aren’t on par with the elite Liga MX clubs at this moment. After selling a number of key players in recent years, the squad is now in a rebuilding mode. Earlier this week, they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Club America to start the season.
Tigres Have A Revived Attack With Leonardo Fernandez
One of the top teams in the region somehow got better. With a number of players that are worthy of being included in a Liga MX All-Star team, Tigres added more power to their starting XI with the addition of Toluca’s Leonardo Fernandez.
The diminutive 21-year-old is a menacing attacking midfielder that is incredibly skilled in dribbling, shooting and putting himself in the right spots on the field. Given time, he should be able to develop a lethal partnership with striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, who is widely recognized as the top player in the league.
Whether it be as a starter or off the bench, Fernandez should have a noteworthy impact on the field this weekend.
Midfield Duo Of Guido Pizarro And Rafael Carioca Should Continue To Be The Best In Liga MX
It’s almost unfair to pair both of these players together.
Guido Pizarro, a 30-year-old Argentine who recently returned from La Liga’s Sevilla, is one of the most well-rounded central midfielders a team could ask for. Whether it be playmaking, defending or distributing, Pizarro is a grounded conductor of the ball who has constantly been reliable for Tigres.
And believe it or not, he’s not even the most highly-rated member of Tigres’ central midfield duo.
That recognition goes to Rafael Carioca. Although he may not be as physical as Pizarro, the 31-year-old Brazilian compensates for that by doing even more with his passing, shooting, dribbling and speed than his central midfield counterpart.
As long as both are healthy and fit, don’t bet against Tigres.
Pachuca’s Striker Problem
But what about Pachuca? Is there any hope for them in taking Tigres by surprise?
Probably not when you consider their striker issues.
Regardless of the handful of interesting midfield and winger options that could do plenty to help create chances in the final third, there is still a massive question mark as to who that No. 9 will be for Pachuca.
After the exit of star striker Franco Jara to FC Dallas in MLS, the role of Pachuca’s target man up top is still up in the air. Will it be an inexperienced Roberto de la Rosa? A mercurial Colin Kazim-Richard? Will they have to rely on a 36-year-old Roberto Nurse? Either way, it’s not looking good.
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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.