Clausura 2019 Quarterfinal Previews: Saturday’s Games

Tigres UANL vs Pachuca – 8:00 PM – Univision
First leg: Pachuca 1-1 Tigres

Saturday’s clash between these two will be a winner-takes-all affair after a draw on Wednesday night. Tigres, with both an away goal and the advantage of being the higher seed, are in a more comfortable position; in addition to a win, they would go through with either a goalless draw or another 1-1 result. The universitarios lost just once in El Volcán in the regular season, and drew just once as well; their other six games all ended in victories.

On the other hand, to say Pachuca did not travel well would be an understatement; the Tuzos did not win a single one of their nine away games, picking up four draws and five losses on their travels. They also managed just six goals on the road, while allowing 21. Pachuca will need a much better result here if they want to move on to the semifinals.

León vs Tijuana – 10:00 PM – Univision Deportes
First leg: Tijuana 1-3 León

León is in good position to advance after picking up a comfortable away win against Tijuana in the first leg. The superlíderes will move on with a win, a draw, or a loss in which they concede fewer than four goals – and they had the best defensive record in the league this season, allowing just 14 goals in total and never more than two in a game. They also had the best attacking record, with an impressive 41 goals, and they’ll look for a goal early to crush Tijuana’s hopes of a comeback.

As for the Xolos, they are in a deep hole but they’ll still want to put up a fight here. If they can score early on, they may make León nervous, and a nervous team may make mistakes. They did score four goals on the road once this season – and they did beat León on the road once this season – and they’ll look to combine those feats in this one.

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