SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Saturday, October 22, 2016.- For the first time since that memorable December 13, 2015, when Tigres won their fourth star, the felines will be going out onto the pitch at the Olímpico Universitario stadium, though this time to compete against Pumas on Day 14 of the 2016 Summer Tournament (Apertura), and take a firm step forward toward qualifying to the Playoffs.
Tigres needs to take steps to get back on track in this match after two consecutive losses, and will be going to Mexico City ranked third in the tournament, with 23 points, and as the best defense and second-best visitor.
They will be competing against Pumas, a team that hasn’t lost a single point at home, with a perfect record of 18 points in the last six matches, making it their bastion in the Apertura, because outside the CU (their stadium), they have added on another two points, giving them a total of 20.
The San Nicolás felines are coming from a win in their last group-stage match in the CONCACAF against Herediano, defeating them at home 3-0, with both Andy Delort and Luis Quiñones debuting as goal scorers for the team.
Tigres hasn’t had an easy time in past matches against the Pedregal team in Mexico City: of 46 matches they have won just 6, drawn 12 and lost 28.
The last time these two teams competed at the Olímpico Stadium was in the 2015 Apertura Final, on December 13, when Pumas beat the felines 4-1 in extra time, but since the first leg had ended 3-0 for the Northerners, the game had to be decided with a penalty shootout, in which the San Nicolás Tigres were crowned champions.
If Tigres wins in Mexico City, their qualification will practically be guaranteed since there would be only another nine points in play, so this will be the main goal of Ricardo Ferretti’s men.
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD AGAINST PUMAS
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD IN MEXICO CITY