Derby for Top of the Table
Like many derby games, each time C.F. Monterrey and Tigres UANL duel, it is one of the most compelling games of the Liga MX season. The rivalry is fueled by how good the teams have been. That continues as Monterrey is in second place and Tigres are in third place on the table.
An already intense game between two rivals will only hold more value as the possibility of a league championship could be on the line.
Monterrey: Elite Attack
This two-game stretch will be challenging for Monterrey. Their last match was a 1-1 draw against first-place Toluca, who are only one point ahead of them. Now they must face their bitter rivals, who sit two points behind them with a match in hand. These crucial games are four days apart.
After a 4-3 loss on opening day, Monterrey is undefeated and the offense has only gotten better. They average the most goals per game (2.2) in Liga MX. Arturo Gonzalez has been fantastic in attack for Monterrey, tied for the lead in goals+assists with nine.
Gonzalez is hardly the only contributor to the attack. Rodrigo Aguirre and Rogelio Funes Mori each have four goals. The three have combine for 12 goals, outscoring other teams on their own.
In Monterrey’s previous game, Toluca had 64 percent of the possession but was outshot 15-5. Monterrey has been fantastic out of control, having the fourth-lowest percentage of possession on average, allowing them to counter quickly.
Tigres: Strong Defense
Tigres is not one of the most attack-dominant teams in Liga MX but is deserving of placing in the top three of the table. They have won six of their eight games, with two losses.
Four of those victories have been by one goal. Credit the Tigres’ fantastic defense, which allowed the fewest goals in the league, leading to five clean sheets — the most in Liga MX.
Their offense has been serviceable with 11 goals, but they are lacking compared to the other teams at the top of the table. However, all of their scorings has come from open play, so they haven’t had the advantage of scoring off set pieces, penalties or their own goals.
Andre-Pierre Gignac and Francisco Cordova are the best offensive players for Tigres, combining for five goals and four assists. In their last game, a 2-0 win over Santos, the pair combined for the opening goal. They have been the most significant source of offensive output to complement Tigres’ outstanding defense.
Monterrey vs Tigres Head-to-Head
The Clasico Regiomontano has been played 126 times, and Monterrey and Tigres have been pretty equal. In their last 35 games since 2010, Tigres does have more wins,13 compared to Monterrey’s 11.
It has been eight games since the last time these two sides drew, back in 2019. Since then, Tigres have dominated by winning seven times.
Monterrey vs Tigres Game Information
- Game: Monterrey (6-2-1) vs Tigres (6-0-2)
- Location: Estadio BBVA, Guadalupe
- Day/Time: Saturday, Aug. 20, 6:05 p.m. ET
- Monterrey vs Tigres Live stream: fubo.tv
Monterrey vs Tigres Betting Lines
|Monterrey||-½ -105||-105||2½ -110o||1½ Evo
|Tigres||+½ -125||+290||2½ -120u||½ -220o
Monterrey vs Tigres Prediction
Monterrey and Tigres have been two of the best teams in Liga MX. Monterrey has dominated by scoring goals off a devastating counter-attack, while Tigres has hunkered down and won close games with their defense. It is only fitting that these two rivals have different styles of play.
However, Tigres’ play style could play right into Monterrey’s hands. Monterrey wants to play out of possession and wait for an opportunity to strike on the counter.
Score Prediction: Monterrey 2, Tigres 0