Tigres vs San Luis Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Along with the goalscoring exploits of Andre-Pierre Gignac, Tigres have recently had additional help in the final third from other key players
- Even if they give up the ball in dangerous positions, Tigres can count on a reliable and experienced goalkeeping figure like Nahuel Guzman
- When looking at some of the defensive numbers for San Luis this season, it’s difficult to see them finding much success this weekend
Tigres vs San Luis Odds
Tigres vs San Luis Predictions and Picks
Things just aren’t clicking for the worst team in Liga MX. With only eight points in 12 games — and the worst defensive numbers so far in the 2020 Apertura season — San Luis is currently sitting at the very bottom of the league table.
Tigres have no excuses here. They not only have more talent but more momentum with their three-game winning streak.
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How to Watch Tigres vs San Luis
|Tigres vs San Luis Information|
|What||Tigres vs San Luis|
|Where||Estadio Universitario (Monterrey, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, October 3rd 2020 at 8:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
Can San Luis turn their season around?
Once an intriguing club that was flirting with a playoff position during the first few weeks of the Apertura, San Luis has since plummeted down the league table with a long list of defeats. A “long list” might even be an understatement here. In their last eight games, San Luis stumbled through seven losses against Liga MX opponents that have had no complications with obliterating their defense.
Although a place in the postseason is still somehow within reach for San Luis, they’ll first have to encounter Tigres before potentially making an unexpected run to the top 12.
And Tigres won’t be easy.
Frequently a sleeping giant, numerous players from the Liga MX powerhouse club have finally started to improve their performances that have carried the squad to three consecutive wins. Most impressively, no opponent has yet to score on them since September 9th.
Tigres are roaring back after an average start to the season, and looking ahead to this weekend, they’ll be the easy favorites due to a number of reasons.
More Attacking Names Are Stepping Up For Tigres
When many casual Liga MX fans think of Tigres, the first name that tends to pop in their head is striker Andre-Pierre Gignac.
And with good reason.
In the last few years, no player has been more dominant or game-changing than the French striker who has 120 goals with Tigres since 2015. This season, his form has continued to be strong, scoring eight times so far and leading his side in goals.
That said, in September, he’s had a bit of help when it comes to finding the back of the net. Names like Nico “Diente” Lopez, Leonardo Fernandez, Luis Rodriguez, and Francisco Meza have all pitched in with at least one goal in September. Lopez, the stand-out of the group, has scored four goals in his last three games.
Tigres Have Greatly Benefited From The Return Of Nahuel Guzman
Obviously, there’s much more to Tigres than just a dynamic and thrilling attack with plenty of firepowers. Looking towards their own net, goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman has been on an incredible run of form since returning to the field early last month.
As not only a vocal leader but also a flashy shot-stopper, the Argentine has looked motivated with his three consecutive shutouts.
To make things even more difficult For San Luis is the harsh reality that Guzman isn’t even the biggest challenge. Against a Tigres side that tends to control possession during most matches (especially at home), San Luis will not only have limited opportunities to score, but they’ll also run into a significant goalkeeping presence that has thrived in recent games.
If you believe some of the numbers that FiveThirtyEight use for Liga MX predictions, the factors mentioned above are the reason why San Luis is only being given a 15% chance for a win, at the time of writing.
San Luis’ Backline Is Far Too Fragile For Tigres To Lose
With all due respect to San Luis, their defense is awful.
After the recent Week 12 of the season, no team in the league has allowed more than the 23 goals that San Luis have allowed in their own net. A glance at any of their games since the start of the tournament regularly showcase a team that lacks serious structure in defense. For all of their mistakes in the attack, there’s even more in their backline.
Tigres are quickly gaining confidence near the final stages of the season, and barring some sort of slight soccer miracle, San Luis will likely lose this one by at least a couple of goals.
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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.