The stage is set at the Estadio Universitario as it will play host to the second leg of the 2016 Liga MX Apertura Final. After 1-1 draw at the Estadio Azteca, Club America and Tigres will be looking to come out of San Nicolas de los Garza as champions.
The crux of this final may well be the status of star strike Andre-Pierre Gignac. The frenchman suffered a neck injury in the first leg, and while he was seen leaving training without a cast on Saturday, his status for Sunday’s game is questionable.
This, of course, is relevant as Gignac is one of Tigres’ best players, and to host the title decider without him would be a huge blow for manager Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti, who will be coaching in his astounding 1000th career game.
Needless to say, Club America know a thing or two about winning league titles. The Aguilas are the most winning team in Mexican soccer history, and a triumph on Sunday would give them their record 13th league title.
Whether Gignac is healthy or not will mean squat to Ricardo La Volpe’s side. Under “El Bigoton”, the team has lost just once, against Real Madrid, and arrive on the back of two final victories over Tigres in recent years.
It is arguable Tigres and America have been the two most consistent Liga MX performers in the past few years. When it is all said and done on Sunday, one team might even argue they are the best of the decade.
Match date/time: Sunday 7:30pm EST, 6:30pm local
Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico
TV: Univision (US- Spanish), Univision Deportes Network (US - Spanish)
Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription)