LEÓN | Friday, September 30, 2016.- After eleven matches without tasting defeat in the 2016 Summer Tournament (Apertura), Tigres is now face to face with a new challenge: visiting Nou Camp and a León that’s on a streak, and seeking the three points that will secure their berth in the Playoffs.
Tigres is ranked second in the Apertura 2016 with 23 points, just one point behind the General Leader, and with 18 points still to be disputed, so a victory would be crucial for achieving the team’s main objective, to reach the ‘Fiesta Grande’. Nevertheless, they will be competing against a team that has been playing with a great rhythm since Javier Torrente became their manager.
The Esmeraldas have won two and drawn two since the arrival of Torrente, but the Universitarios haven’t lost a single match in the tournament, have the best defense in the League and are the best visiting team, so much so that they haven’t received any goals against in these matches.
In the last match between these two teams, held at the Universitario Stadium on Day 4 of the 2016 Winter Tournament (2016), Tigres won 3-1 with a hat trick by André-Pierre Gignac, although, historically, the balance is in favor of the San Nicolás squad, with eight victories, five draws and five losses.
The team led by Ricardo Ferretti is just one point away from reaching the same point total as in the previous tournament, in which they qualified in eighth place with 24 points, so a victory would mean that not only will they improve on this figure, but will also be taking a solid step forward into the Playoffs.
If Tigres remains unbeaten, it will also equal the statistics of Cruz Azul and Toluca in the Winter 97 and Clausura 2009, in which they enjoyed an unbeaten streak of 12 matches, then breaking their own record with 13 in the Clausura 2013, and the number one, set by Chivas in the Winter 2001 with 14.
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD AGAINST LEÓN
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD IN LEÓN