Tigres vs Pumas Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Tigres should feel confident with their commendable record at home
- Newcomer Leonardo Fernandez could make an impact if given another starting role for Tigres
- Pumas have serious complications when it comes to their attack
Tigres vs Pumas Odds
Tigres vs Pumas Predictions and Picks
With one of the top rosters in North America, Tigres are the favorites here for this weekend’s Liga MX battle against Pumas. Although Pumas remain as the only team in Liga MX that has yet to suffer a loss, that undefeated run should likely come to an end this Saturday.
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How to Watch Tigres vs Pumas
|Tigres vs Pumas Information|
|What||Tigres vs Pumas|
|Where||Estadio Universitario (Monterrey, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, August 22nd at 8:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
Two powerhouses in Mexican soccer are set to hit the field this weekend.
Pumas, one of the most popular teams in the country, has so far looked promising in their first five games of the season. Despite some hurdles in the attack during the last three games, the Mexico City club currently sits as the only undefeated team in the league.
Tigres themselves were unbeaten until a late stumble during last Sunday’s game against Toluca. After the match looked set to finish in a 2-2 draw, Toluca’s Alexis Canelo stole the spotlight with a goal in the 93rd minute in favor of the home side.
3-2 loss in tow, Tigres and manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti will have to quickly bounce back in their chase for a playoff spot. At home at the Estadio Universitario — a venue that they have yet to lose in this year — Tigres will easily be the favorites with their star-studded roster.
Tigres’ Impeccable Home Record
No Liga MX defeats have emerged for Tigres at the Estadio Universitario (also known as “El Volcan”) in 2020. In their last 27 games at home, they have only suffered a total of two losses. As for matches against Pumas in the last 10 years, the visiting side only has one win at Tigres’ home venue.
Long story short: Tigres rarely run into problems on their familiar ground. Whether it be against Pumas or a small Liga MX club, Ferretti and his men regularly dominate games at El Volcan.
Although the fan atmosphere that will now be absent tends to give Tigres the sizable advantage, the squad will be given a different kind of boost in morale if a new signing is once again placed in the XI…
Leonardo Fernandez’s Upcoming Chance To Gain Ferretti’s Respect
In a roster that is as stacked as Tigres’, no player is guaranteed a starting role. On the bench for Ferretti are national team players, budding stars, and in recent weeks, one of the more exciting young talents in Liga MX.
Once the most important player for Toluca in early 2020, Fernandez now has to win over Tigres’ Ferretti since moving back to the club over the summer. Although the 21-year-old is capable of becoming a thrilling game-changer for Tigres in the near future, the speedy dribbler has so far only earned one start for his team this season.
That said, that one start was given in Tigres’ previous game. If Ferretti continues this trend and once again places him in the XI, it’ll be a massive help to the already impressive frontline.
Which is something that can’t be said about Pumas.
Pumas’ Attacking Woes
At the risk of criticizing talented strikers like Carlos Gonzalez and Juan Dinenno, Pumas’ attack has been far from satisfactory over the last few weeks. Looking over at the last three Liga MX matchdays, only Club Tijuana has scored fewer than Pumas’ two-goal tally.
During last week’s dismal 0-0 draw with Mazatlan, this problem was perfectly highlighted by the modest total of two shots on target for Pumas.
Pumas do have the know-how and skills upfront to bounce back, but against an experienced Tigres backline, they’ll likely struggle to find many chances.
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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.