Match: Tigres UANL v CF Monterrey
Date: September 23rd, 2018
Time: 8 PM CDT, 9PM EDT, 6PM PDT
Venue: Estadio Universitario (El Volcán), Monterrey
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Last Season’s results: Apertura 2017 Monterrey 2-0 Tigres, Clausura 2018 Tigres 2-2 Monterrey. Apertura Liguilla Finals: Tigres 1-1 Monterrey, Monterrey 1-2 Tigres. Tigres won Apertura 2017 championship over Monterrey 3-2 on aggregate.
Tigres will host the 117th Clásico Regio at El Volcán Sunday night at 8 PM CDT against Monterrey. Both teams are in dire need of a win in order to stay in the running for Liguilla places, as the teams ahead of them don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Depending on the results in the other matches on Sunday, both Tigres and Monterrey could start the match outside of the top eight, which would have been an unthinkable status for both clubs at the start of the season.
And while it appears that Rogeio Funes Mori is getting closer to full fitness, Monterrey will be without Avilés Hurtado and Jonathan Urretaviscaya, who both left last week’s match against Chivas with injuries. Hurtado looks to be out at least three weeks and Urretaviscaya looks to be out even longer. The condition of the pitch at the BBVA Bancomer has to be addressed before even more players go down with injury.
Urretaviscaya suffered “una ruptura de ligamento cruzado anterior de la rodilla izquierda,” which translates to “a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee.” It appears he’s going to have surgery and probably be out for eight months to a year.
Monterrey are still a deep team, but in order to challenge a Tigres side that still has one of the most talented teams in LigaMX, they’re going to need a good performance from Rodolfo Pizarro. Pizarro, who was a high-profile transfer last summer from Chivas, has yet to score a goal for Monterrey and he’s not been a good fit so far, but he’d go a long way towards getting the fans of los Rayados to embrace him by putting in a good performance in this match.
Tigres are coming off of a hiding of Toronto FC in the Campones Cup, winning 3-0 in Canada, so perhaps the travel will give Monterrey an advantage. Expect a good match no matter what, as this is the biggest match of the season for both clubs, and is perhaps the biggest rivalry outside of El Súper Clásico between Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara.