Tigres will be seeking a victory in order to qualify to the Playoffs
MEXICO CITY | Friday, May 6, 2016.- This Saturday is Tigres’ last chance to qualify to the Playoffs. Victory is the only result that will enable the UANL team to defend their championship crown in the final phase of the tournament. Cruz Azul is the rival and will also be playing for a spot in the top eight.
The team directed by Ricardo Ferretti is currently in ninth place in the 2016 Winter Tournament (Clausura), with 21 points, while the light-blues are one place higher and have one point more than the felines, so a win would mean a direct ticket to the Playoffs for Tigres.
A draw or a loss will mean the end of the tournament for Tigres, but a win would give them the opportunity to fight for the two-time championship, something achieved so far in short tournaments only by Pumas and León.
Although historically the match statistics against Cruz Azul are not very favorable for the felines, the more recent history for these games is. In the last 10 matches, Tigres has lost just one game, won six and drawn three, showing that the San Nicolás de los Garza team is the stronger of the two.
The last fixture between these two teams took place on Day 17 of the 2015 Summer Tournament (Apertura), which ended in a goalless draw, sending the future champions of that tournament down from third to fifth place.
An interesting fact is that in the last five games played at the Estadio Azul in Mexico City, Tigres has won two, lost two and drawn one, giving the felines a slight advantage in the matches at this venue.
If they win this Saturday and classify to the Playoffs, ‘Tuca’s’ men would be in eighth place, which means they would be facing the top team.
Tigres is on the threshold of attaining their fourth classification in a row to the Mexican League Playoffs, known as the ‘Fiesta Grande’, something they have not achieved in the short tournaments. They are also hoping that André-Pierre Gignac will hold onto his first place on the individual goal scorer table, where he has 11 goals, two more than his closest rivals.
MATCH RECORD AGAINST CRUZ AZUL
MATCH RECORD AGAINST CRUZ AZUL IN MEXICO CITY