Game: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente vs. Club de Fútbol América S.A. de C.V.
Date: Saturday, April 6th
Time: 11:06 p.m. Eastern, 10:06 p.m. Central, 8:06 p.m. Pacific, 3:06 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Caliente (Tijuana, B.C.)
Referees: REF: Fernando Hernandez Gomez, AR1: Miguel Ángel Hernández Paredes, AR2: Israel Valenciano Torres, 4TH: José Alfredo Peñaloza Soto
Radio: 98.9 FM (Tijuana/San Diego)
All-time record: Club América leads the series in Liga MX, having won seven to Xolos’ three with the clubs drawing five times. The clubs each have one win in Copa MX play, with América balancing the ledger on Tuesday night with a 4-0 win in Estadio Azteca. The last time the clubs met at Estadio Caliente it was the 2017 Apertura, and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
It hasn’t been the best week for Tijuana. Coming into the week Xolos lost 1-0 to Querétaro, who doubled their win total on the year at the expense of the Aztec Canines. Then they lost 4-0 to Club América in the Copa MX Semifinal at Estadio Azteca on Tuesday. The good news is that they’ll be back in the Mictlán on Saturday night where Xolos have a 4W 0D 1L record on the year.
Xolos need to get production from the offense. Tijuana hasn’t scored more than one goal in all competitions since their 3-1 win against Atlas on March 1. Since then, they’ve been outscored 9-2 with the goals coming from Ariel Nahuelpán and Miller Bolaños. Nahuelpán, Bolaños, Gustavo “Pantera” Bou, and Fabián Castillo simply must find a way to relieve the pressure on the defensive unit.
America on the other hand have been red hot. Las Águilas are winners of five straight across all competitions, with their last loss coming against Necaxa on March 5. Impressive is an understatement when describing the run of form, as América has scored 12 goals and conceded zero. None. That’s 450 scoreless minutes for Agustín Marchesín and the defense.
The caveat however is that only one of those five games were on the road; the Super Clásico against Chivas that ended 2-0 in favor of América. Las Águilas have been vulnerable on the road, with a less than stellar record of 2W 1D 2L in Liga MX play and 3W 1D 3L in Liga MX and the Copa MX.
América’s road form shows they may not be as indestructible as their recent run indicates, while Tijuana’s home record shows they’re not as bad as the past week may lead you to believe. It’s always a good time when Miguel Herrera comes back to Tijuana, and this match should be no different.