Apertura 2016 Semifinal Second Leg Previews

liga mxSaturday, December 3
Tigres UANL (3) vs León (8) – 8:00 PM – Univision Deportes
First leg: León 0-1 Tigres
Wednesday night’s result gives Tigres the advantage, as the universitarios will reach the final with a win or draw here, or even a 0-1 loss, while León must win and score at least twice in the process to move on.

However, Tigres had a decidedly mixed home record this season and in fact earned the fewest points at home of any of the playoff teams. Nevertheless, they were tied for the league’s best defense and they averaged just a goal against at home in the Apertura. If they can post a shutout, they’ll be in the final.

As for León, they were not a terribly strong road team, with four losses, two draws, and three wins. They lost the away leg of their quarterfinal series as well. However, with so much on the line La Fiera will be motivated to find the back of the net in this one.

Sunday, December 4
América (5) vs Necaxa (7) – 9:00 PM – Univision Deportes
First leg: Necaxa 1-1 América
Thursday night’s result gives América the slight advantage, as they have an away goal, but the draw still leaves everything to play for as this game will be winner-takes-all. América can also advance with a 0-0 or 1-1 draw, while a draw with two or more goals would send Necaxa on to the final.

América struggled at home in the early part of the season, but they came into the playoffs on a three-game home winning streak and are unbeaten in four in the Azteca. They are also the highest-scoring team left in the playoffs and they’ll look to overwhelm Necaxa here.

As for the Rayos, Necaxa had mixed success on the road this season, with two wins, four draws, and three losses. They’ve shown their defensive prowess so far in the playoffs, but keeping América off the board is only half the battle here. They must score to reach the final.


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