Game: Tigres UANL v Monterrey
Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM EDT, 7:00 PM CDT, 5:00 PM PDT
Venue: “El Volcán” Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo León
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Monterrey will once again face off against their eternal rivals from across town, Tigres UANL at El Volcán, looking to repeat their performance in the Concacaf Champions League finals where they beat Tigres 1-0 to take the lead back to the Estadio BBVA Bancomer where they drew 1-1 with Tigres to win another CCL title. Tigres will be looking for revenge in this Clásico Regio semifinal and a chance to pick up yet another Liga MX title.
1 goal and 7 shots on target for Tigres in 3 recent knockout games against Monterrey.— Tom Harrison (@tomh_36) May 16, 2019
Lack of a positional structure in attack is really hurting against Monterrey's organisation and their solid base (2 centre-backs and a holding-mid that are excellent 1v1).#LigaMXeng
Tigres have been struggling against Monterrey over the past few matches, but with a slim 1-0 lead, Los Rayados can’t be lured into a false sense of security. Tigres have probably been the team of the decade in Liga MX, and while Tigres striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has looked human lately, he’s still one of the best goal-scorers in North America.
Of course, Monterrey also have one of the best strikers in North America as well. Rogelio Funes Mori has been fairly quiet, at least by his standards, during this Liguilla, so it’s all set up to be a duel between strikers, right?
Well, maybe not. Both teams have been solid defensively all season, especially in Clásico Regio matches, as neither team has scored more than one goal in any of the previous four matches. Tigres did manage to score a late goal to draw level in the Liga MX meeting between the two and also pulled off a late goal to make the CCL final interesting, but they haven’t been able to actually beat Monterrey during the Clausura.
Can Monterrey get a result on the road and get into the finals? On paper, this looks to be the most likely to happen, but games are played on the pitch. Monterrey is probably the favorite, but only slightly. This should be one of the better games of the season, or at least a game with perhaps the most riding on it, no matter the league.