Tigres’ goal: to come home with three points from Veracruz

VERACRUZ | Thursday, February 16, 2017.- This Friday is the start of Day 7 in Mexican football and this time it’s Tigres’ turn to kick off the battle (to fight for three points) in the Veracruz port, visiting the Tiburones Rojos (Red Sharks) and with a clear objective: To win, come what may, so the team won’t be so far away from the qualification zone.

Right now, the felines are in 16th place in the 2017 Clausura with just four points, while the Veracruz side are in 8th position, the opposite of the situation in the last tournament.

Analyzing the historical data, Tigres hasn’t lost to the sharks the last seven times these two sides met, having won four and drawn three. In fact, in a total of 34 matches, the balance is in favor of the universitarios with 16 victories, eight ties and 10 defeats.

For this match, Ricardo Ferretti’s goalkeeper is still Aarón Fernández, who will be a starter for the second time in his career, since both Nahuel Guzmán and Enrique Palos are injured, though the latter has almost recovered.

Notably among the other players called up for this journey is José ‘La Palmera’ Rivas, who had been out for injury so far this tournament.

Tigres is just five points away from Veracruz’s eighth place, which means that a victory in the port would leave them a mere two points away from the qualification zone, with ten matches still to go in the regular phase of this tournament.

HEAD-TO-HEAD AGAINST VERACRUZ

TEAM GP GW GD GL GF GA DIFF.
TIGRES 34 16 8 10 55 42 +13
VERACRUZ 34 10 8 16 42 55 -13

HEAD-TO-HEAD IN THE PORT

TEAM GP GW GD GL GF GA DIFF.
VERACRUZ 17 8 3 6 26 25 +1
TIGRES 17 6 3 8 25 26 -1