Game: Club de Fútbol Lobos de la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla vs. Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente
Date: Saturday, November 3rd
Time: 11:00 p.m. Eastern, 10:00 p.m. Central, 9:00 p.m. Pacific, 3:00 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Universitario BUAP (Puebla de Zaragoza, Pue.)
Referees: REF: Luis Enrique Santander Aguirre, AR1: Miguel Ángel Hernández Paredes, AR2: Jorge Gerardo Dávila Cervantes, 4TH: Arturo Cruz Hurtado
All-time record: These two teams have history dating back to Tijuana’s founding in 2007. In Ascenso MX play, Lobos hold the advantage with four wins to Xolos’ three and two draws between the clubs. It’s been all Tijuana in the top circuit, as Xolos have won both Liga MX games the teams have played. Xolos won 2-1 at Estadio Universitario BUAP in the 2017 Apertura and 3-1 at Estadio Caliente in the 2018 Clausura.
Get ready for the wolf howl.
Club Tijuana (4W 4D 6L) are coming off of a tumultuous week, losing at home 1-0 to UNAM Pumas (7W 5D 2L) and parting ways with manager Diego Cocca. They’ll head to Puebla to face Lobos BUAP (3W 4D 7L) in the late late game on Saturday at Estadio Universitario BUAP, where every stoppage in play is marked with said wolf howl.
Interim manager Franky Oviedo inherits a team that is winless in their last four and that sits tied with Atlas (2W 3D 9L) for fewest goals scored (10) in Liga MX. Atlas didn’t score a goal in their first seven games.
With Oviedo an unknown quantity, it remains to be seen whether he sticks with Cocca’s setup or decides to get experimental. Whether he chooses to embrace or eschew the current system, he can hardly be blamed either way.
The good news for Xolos is that they’ll be facing a Lobos side that has given up 22 goals so far this season. Only the aforementioned Atlas (24) and Veracruz (2W 3D 9L, 32 goals conceded) have given up more. Under manager Francisco “Paco” Palencia, Lobos have even managed to keep above Veracruz in the relegation table, although they know they’ll need to pick up points in order to avoid the drop (or at least buying their way out of it).