The top-four race is reaching fever pitch in the 2020 Liga MX Apertura, and Tigres UANL can win their place back into the quarter-final spots with victory at América on Sunday.
Only two rounds remain before attention shifts to the playoffs, and a fine, one-point line is all that separates fourth-place América from Tigres in fifth with two games to go.
Las Aguilas will all but secure automatic qualification to the Liguilla quarterfinals with a third straight win over this particular foe, but Tigres are riding an unbeaten streak stretching back almost two months (seven games).
What TV Channel is América-Tigres on?
TUDN will broadcast Sunday’s clutch clash between América and Tigres at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can live stream Liga MX matches on fuboTV.
Miguel Herrera’s hosts only recently ended a three-match winless run with a 1-0 victory over Atlas in Week 15, when Jorge Sanchez rose high in the 88th minute to seal his side’s first win in a month:
One of Mexico’s most resilient home performers will welcome one of its best travellers; América have lost a single match at the Estadio Azteca this term, but four-time Apertura champions Tigres have matched that record on the road, suffering a solemn defeat at Toluca in Week 5. Ferretti’s men have conceded just twice in four away games since then, cinching important victories at Monterrey and Cruz Azul in their last two trips outside Nuevo Leon.
How to Watch América vs. Tigres UANL
When: Sunday, November 1
Where: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Sunday’s visitors are sure to enter the final round of fixtures in fourth or higher if they can make it three road wins in a row at América, though a 1-1 draw at home to Juarez last time out wasn’t ideal preparation. Nicolas Lopez opened the scoring with a sixth goal in as many games for Tigres, but the hosts were later pegged back to end their run of five successive clean sheets:
Lopez, 27, has been a revelation under Ferretti after he was largely overlooked during the first half of the Apertura, helping bring a consistency to their results that was previously lacking.
The guests will look to him and Andre-Pierre Gignac—the league’s second-highest scorer on 10 goals—to get them over the line. América are the only team in Liga MX to have scored more goals than Tigres’ 25 this season, though there’s little doubting the guests look the superior defensive unit after conceding just 12 goals—only leaders Leon have leaked fewer (11).
Las Aguilas remain a hard nut to crack on their own soil, however, as Herrera has reinforced a long-standing strength at the Azteca. As the United States prepares for its latest Presidential election, América hope to trump a neighboring rival in what will be considered a must-win match for both teams.