Tigres hopes to come closer to qualifying against Necaxa

SAN NICOLÁS DE LOS GARZA | Friday, October 14, 2016.- Their wounds have had time to heal and with the Liga MX matches starting again, Tigres will be back on track earning points again. This Saturday, they will be hosting Necaxa on Day 13 with a view to qualifying to the Playoffs.

Even though the felines’ undefeated streak ended in the last fixture, they kept their second place in the 2016 Summer Tournament (Apertura) with 23 points, just four below the General Leader. Nevertheless, a victory against the Rayos could place them in a privileged position regarding the Fiesta Grande, since they would be 10 points above eighth pace with just 12 still in play.

Tigres had to work all last week and part of this week with a team decimated by seven call-ups to diverse National Teams – three for Mexico, two for Argentina, one for France and another one for Colombia.

This is the first time in five years that the Rayos will be playing at the Universitario Stadium after they were relegated at the end of the 2011 Clausura. In that tournament, Tigres contributed to Necaxa’s departure from the First Division, since they beat them 1-0 on Day 2 with a goal by Héctor Mancilla.

At the Universitario, Necaxa will be coming up against a team that is invincible at home, since Tigres has achieved three victories and three draws in front of their fans, with a 68% effectiveness, while the Rayos have earned just 6 points of a possible 18 as visitors, reaching an effectiveness of 33%.

Tigres cannot afford to lose any more points. The technical staff and the players have all constantly said that their priority goal in the tournament was not to remain undefeated, but to qualify in the best possible way. They could be taking the first step toward this objective on Saturday.