The Pachuca vs Tigres Liga MX game will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2013 (5:00 PM Pacific) at the Estadio Hidalgo in Pachuca. This will be the first home match of the season for the Tuzos, and the first match of the season for Tigres. Tigres is expected to be a main contender for the Liga MX title, while Pachuca hopes to bounce back this season.
Pachuca started off the Apertura 2013 with a 1-0 away win against a Toluca squad that came out flat (seems like the Diablos woke up, as they defeated Morelia 4-3 this week). Now, the Tuzos will have the difficult task of facing the mighty mustache of Tuca Ferreti and his group of talented players. Gabriel Caballero will need to have his key players function at a high level if he wants Pachuca to come out with a victory.
Players such as Ludueña, Cavenaghi, Ayovi and Conejo Perez will need to have a good game, as they are part of the foundation of Pachuca. Nonetheless, there is one player who can trully make a difference on the field: Duvier Riascos. At Xolos, Riascos proved to be the difference between a loss and a win many times (most of the times in favor of a win). Riascos is capable of creating scoring opportunities with his speed and unique dribbling skills. If Riascos has a good game, he can run the Tigres defense ragged and cause a bit of damage.
Tuca has a good handle of his squad, he has basically the same roster as last season, when they finished in first place of the standings. Although Tigres did bust out in the quarterfinals (in my opinions, due to Tuca’s timid strategy), they were a powerful team. This season, Tigres has once again been picked by the media to lead the Liga MX and possibly win the Apertura 2013 title.
The keys for a Tigres victory are simple: strong defensive foundation, combined with Lucas Lobos and Tito Villa having a good game. If all things are clicking on the Tigres side, they are basically unstoppable. I believe that Tuca and Tigres are capable of once again end in the 1-2 spot in the standings. Pachuca will be a good starting off point for them, providing just he right amount of opposition.
Pachuca vs Tigres Prediction
The Pachuca vs Tigres game should provide a couple of goals at least, as both squads possess powerful offenses. Although, given that Tigres is coached by the always defensive minded Tuca, don’t expect a crazy scoreline. Look for Pachuca to have slightly more possession, while Tigres waits back in hopes of counterattacking with its powerful offense. The Pachuca vs Tigres match will end in a 1-2 win for Tigres, which will start off a successful season with an away win.
Pachuca vs Tigres 2013 Television
The Pachuca vs Tigres match will be televised on Univision Deportes on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM Pacific.