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Pachuca vs Club Tijuana Prediction
This is a matchup between two sides on the opposite ends of the Liga MX table. Pachuca are currently in fourth place and fairly good form, whereas Club Tijuana are in 13th place and on a woeful run. Pachuca will enter this match as the heavy favorite, since they are at home. Although there is little reason to think they will lose this match, they have not historically had the best record against Club Tijuana.
Club Tijuana have won level 11, drawn six and lost nine of their 25 matches against Pachuca and will be hoping that the superiority here will come through for them because you can’t really make a strong case for them in this match based on recent form.
Club Tijuana must produce the best performances of the season in order to win all three points. At this point, even a draw is unlikely. Fans have a lot to look forward too, as matches over the years have often been high-scoring.
The two teams last met back in April. It was dull and ended with 0-0. Pachuca had the lion’s share of the possession with 66% but couldn’t turn that into anything meaningful. They’d have come out of the game feeling like they should have won it, however, with 21 shots and three on target.
Club Tijuana on the other side, managed only five shots, and all of them missed their target. It’s unlikely that they will survive another attack of this nature on their goal. They will need to do better than last time to gain anything out this game.
It seems unlikely, based on the recent forms for both sides. Pachuca’s draw in their league final match can be a sign that Club Tijuana is still on the right track. This could slow down their momentum moving forward.
Pachuca makes a fine comeback against Puebla
Puebla’s four-game winning streak was ended by 9th placed Puebla midweek. Pachuca displayed some determination and fight in the game that ended at 2-2. Puebla scored the first two goals in the game thanks to Jordi Cortizo’s strike in the 17th minute, which was followed by a Martin Barragan finish in the 52nd minute.
Puebla only had 39% of the possession of the game and really surprised Pachuca with the two goals but Pachuca kept believing, taking 24 shots in total with 11 on target and were rewarded with two late goals. The first was scored by Nicolas Ibanez in the 78th minute and Miguel Tapias in the 90th minute. Although they didn’t score all three points, the team is three points behind the leaders at the table. However, the players showed the kind of spirit that would be beneficial for them throughout the remainder of the season.
Pachuca has conceded less goals than some of their table top rivals. The likes of Monterrey and Santos have conceded 13 and 15 goals respectively but Pachuca have only conceded 11 so far. It is something that we can build upon.
They have also won three of their home matches, making it difficult to imagine Club Tijuana who struggle to score against such a determined defense.
Not Enough Firepower Going Forward
The reason that they’re not at the top of this table is their lack of forward thrust. They’ve not scored anywhere close to the number of goals that some of their competitors have with just 19 so far this season. Only a few players have scored the goals and others should be contributing more.
Victor Guzman and Nicolas Ibanez have scored nine goals each this season, but the other players are not helping. To win big titles, goals must come from every part of the field. This has not been the case in recent weeks.
Club Tijuana Loses More Points
Club Tijuana lost 2-1 in midweek to CD Guadalajara. It wasn’t the worst performance with Tijuana having 51% of the possession, getting 14 shots on goal with three on target and one finding the back of the net thanks to Franco di Santo’s equalizer in the 58th minute but that’s as good as it got for Club Tijuana on the day.
Guadalajara took the lead in the 47th minute thanks to Roberto Alvarado and Luis Olivas scored the winner nine minutes after Tijuana’s equalizer. Guadalajara only managed 10 shots on goal but were clinical on the day, getting four on target. Tijuana had another disappointing afternoon. They’re currently playing an inconsistent side which makes it difficult.
Struggling to Find the Back of The Net
The recent draws and losses can be attributed to a lack of goals. They’ve only scored 14 so far in this campaign and just three in their last six matches, which is bottom of the league numbers. With four goals, Lisandro Lopez is currently the highest scorer. He’s also a defense player which perfectly sums up the attack crisis within the team.
They haven’t won any of their two previous away matches, which is not good news for them against Pachuca. It could be that this game is a matter of damage limitation. With 15 points on the board and little signs of improvement in recent weeks, it looks like they’ll drop further down the table after the weekend.
Tijuana’s only hope in winning this game is Pachuca’s ineptness in the goal area. Tijuana haven’t been great defensively, conceding 22 goals so far in this campaign but there are many other teams in the Liga MX with worse defenses.
If Tijuana is able to keep Pachuca in check and make things difficult, Pachuca will be frustrated and reminded of the problems they have with the attacking section. Tijuana must use every tool at their disposal to win this difficult situation.
How To Watch Pachuca vs Club Tijuana
Teams Pachuca vs Club Tijuana Location Estadio Hidalgo Time Sunday, September 11 at 8: 05 pm ET onwards How to watch Univision networks TUDN and UniMas, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo and Fox Deportes