2019-20 Mexican Liga MX – Tigres UANL vs Pachuca Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Tigres UANL vs Pachuca kick off? Sunday 10th November, 2019 – 01:00 (UK)

Where is Tigres UANL vs Pachuca being played? Estadio Universitario de Nuevo León (San Nicolás de los Garza)

What TV channel is Tigres UANL vs Pachuca on? ESPN Dos (Mexico), Univision, ESPN Deportes (USA)

Where can I stream Tigres UANL vs Pachuca? ESPN Deportes+, Univision NOW (USA), bet365 (where applicable)

Where can I get tickets for Tigres UANL vs Pachuca? https://redboletos.com/ef?k=1519

THE TEAM NEWS

TIGRES UANL

  • Tigres UANL remain alive in the race for a playoff berth and they sit in fourth place in the standings with 28 points (W7, D7, L2) – no Liga MX has lost fewer matches than Tigres this season. They are coming off a scoreless draw at Queretaro, but they tend to be dominant at home where they own a W4, D3, L1 mark.
  • Julian Quiñones and Jose Francisco Torres have been nursing injuries in recent weeks, and both remain sidelined ahead of this match. Eduardo Vargas is dealing with a thigh problem, and he should be a game-time decision for manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti. Lucas Zelarayán or Enner Valencia are expected to play if Vargas is out.

Expected starting XI: Nahuel Guzmán; Luis “Chaka” Rodríguez, Carlos Salcedo, Hugo Ayala, Jesus Dueñas; Guido Pizarro, Rafael Carioca; Javier Aquino, Lucas Zelarayán, Luis Quiñones; Andre-Pierre Gignac

PACHUCA

  • Pachuca are coming off a huge 2-1 away win at Club Necaxa and that win ended Los Tuzos’ three-game losing streak and also kept the club’s playoff chances alive. With two games left on the schedule Pachuca sit in 10th place with 21 points, three adrift a playoff berth, so winning here should be imperative for the Hidalgo-based club.
  • Pachuca should be relatively at full strength entering this match. Defenders Emmanuel Garcia Vaca and Victor Mora have been ruled out of this contest, but neither has played much of a role during the Apertura campaign. Manager Martin Palermo is not expected to make too many changes to the side that has been playing the bulk of minutes in recent weeks.

Expected starting XI: Rodrigo Rey; Raúl López, Gustavo Cabral, Oscar Murillo, Erick Aguirre; Edwin Cardona, Rubens Sambueza, Víctor Guzmán; Víctor Dávila, Franco Jara, Romario Ibarra

THE PREDICTION

Tigres UANL arrive into this game on a good run of form, since they have gone undefeated in their last six league matches (W4, D2). Pachuca have lost three of their last five league outings (W2, L3), but they have conquered most of their points on the road this season - 12 of 21. Pachuca are forced to win if they want to keep their playoff dreams alive, but Tigres also need a positive result to clinch their spot with one game left in the schedule. Tigres should be able to take advantage of the fact that Pachuca own the fourth-worst defence in the Apertura (26 goals conceded) to leave the three points at home.

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