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Club Tijuana vs. Necaxa: Time, TV Schedule and live stream

Xolos look to bounce back from their loss to Veracruz by hosting Necaxa.

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Monterrey v Tijuana - Playoffs Torneo Clausura 2018 Liga MX Photo by Alfredo Lopez/Jam Media/Getty Images

Game: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente vs. Impulsora del Deportivo Necaxa S.A. de C.V.

Date: Friday, August 31st

Time: 10:06 p.m. Eastern, 9:06 p.m. Central, 7:06 p.m. Pacific, 2:06 a.m. UTC

Venue: Estadio Caliente (Tijuana, B.C.)

Referees: REF: Luis Enrique Santander Aguirre, AR1: José Luis Camargo Callado, AR2: Miguel Angel Chua Ortiz, 4TH: Jonathan Hernandez Juarez

Radio: 98.9 FM (Tijuana/San Diego)

Television: United States - Fox Sports San Diego, Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports 2, FOX Deportes Network; Mexico - Fox Sports 2 Cono Norte

Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription), Sling TV (Free trial + monthly subscription), Univision NOW, Fanatiz (Check service for available regions), MOREFM (Audio only)

All-time record: In Liga MX play, Necaxa has won two of the four times the clubs have met, Xolos have won once, and the clubs drew once as well. When the teams were in Ascenso MX, they had the exact same record against one another. The teams have also met in Copa MX play, with Xolos winning four of four in the group stage. Necaxa however defeated Xolos in the 2016 Quarterfinal stage 6-5 on penalties.

Toluca v Tijuana - Torneo Apertura 2018 Liga MX
Gibran Lajud will join El Tri as they face off against Uruguay and the United States.
Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Getty Images

Club Tijuana (1W 3D 3L) heads home to Baja California after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Veracruz (2W 1D 4L). Xolos have room for improvement, however their record perhaps belies the fact that they are creating chances. ESPN’s Tom Marshall shows Xolos being fourth in Liga MX in expected goals (xG), which is a measure of the quality of shots taken and calculates the amount of goals you’d expect a team to have based on those shots.

Xolos have plenty of offensive talent, with Ecuadoran national team member Miller Bolaños joined in the attacking midfield with countryman Eryc Castillo and Colombian Fabián Castillo. The midfield play has been good, but the forwards so far haven’t been able to score with regularity. Erick “Cubo” Torres and Juan Martín Lucero have combined for one goal on the season.

The defense anchored by Mexican National Team callup Gibran Lajud has been good, giving up just ten goals in seven games. As good as they’ve been, Xolos’ success depends on the offense being able to turn those expected goals into goals.

Pumas UNAM v Necaxa - Torneo Clausura 2018
Víctor Dávila has been Necaxa’s most dangeroud player this season, co-leading the league with five goals.
Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

The good news for Tijuana is that they’ll be hosting a Necaxa (2W 2D 3L) team that has allowed 12 goals this season. Their last win in Liga MX play was on August 4 against Lobos BUAP, and if Xolos can beat them tonight they’ll leapfrog Los Rayos in the table.

The bad news is that they’ve scored 10 goals and in their last game they drew Tigres 1-1. Yes Tigres has struggled, but it’s still Tigres. Chilean Víctor Dávila has five of Rayos’ ten goals on the season, including the goal against Tigres last week.

Dávila has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and finishing his chances, so Xolos will need to make sure to keep a man on him at all times. Midfielder Diego “Torito” Rodríguez will most likely need to drop deeper to assist the center backs on keeping up with Dávila and forward Brian Fernández when Necaxa goes on the offensive.