The first-leg of the grand Apertura 2014 finale will be played this Thursday, December 11, 2014 (6:30 PM Pacific) night in the UANL Tigres vs Club America match at the Estadio Universitario. Tigres will host the ‘aguilas’ in what is expected to be played in a extraordinary atmosphere in Monterrey. Both sides enter the final as the top two ranked teams, yet, they also join the party with a lot of defense but unimpressive offense.
The team coached by Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Ferretti has demonstrated that the best his team has to offer is his defense. Always known to style his teams with a lot of strength on the counter-attack, Tigres will play this Thursday conservatively. As the number 2 ranked team, the ‘felinos’ have tied all four of their playoff matches, scoring only two goals. This may be a factor, as their high seed allowed them to beat their rivals without actually winning on the aggregate score. Against Club America, neither the seed, nor the away goal will matter, meaning Tigres will be forced to score goals if they want to earn the title.
Although Club America lost one match during the playoffs (first-leg against Pumas in the quarterfinals), they have played slightly more jovial than their finale rivals. The team coached by Antonio ‘Turco’ Mohamed reach the playoffs as the number 1 seed, and in the ‘liguilla’ his team has won 2, tied 1, and lost 1, while scoring 4 goals and receiving 1. The ‘aguilas’ face a difficult visit to the always instense atmosphere at the Universitario, although they will have the advantage next Sunday when they host Tigres in front of 100,000 fans.
Tigres vs Club America Prediction
The Tigres vs Club America first-leg final will be a great match, on front of a tremendous atmosphere, with a lot of intensity, and most importantly, with much precaution. There will be ‘precaution’ because neither side will want to lose the first game, therefore both teams will play defense first, offense second. In fact, both coaches are experts on playing the counter-attack, meaning there will not be many scoring opportunities. This Thursday, expect a low scoring game, where the winner will be decided next Sunday at the majestic Estadio Azteca. The Tigres vs Club America match will end in a 1-1 tie.
Tigres vs Club America TV Schedule
The Tigres vs Club America first-leg final will be televised this Thursday, December 11, 2014 on UniMas at 6:30 PM Pacific.