Tigres' Lucas Zelarayan (pictured) has scored two goals in the 2017 Liga MX Clausura. (Photo: Andrea Jimenez/Straffon Images)
SAN NICOLAS DE LOS GARZA, Mexico – When 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalists Tigres and Pachuca meet on Saturday in Liga MX Clausura play, both will be looking to end streaks.
Host Pachuca (2W-2D-1L, 8 points) is winless in its last three outings, while Tigres (1-1-3, 5) has lost two in a row.
Something has to give at the Estadio Hidalgo, especially with the SCCL quarterfinals looming on the horizon.
“Pachuca is a team that looks to attack,” Tigres midfielder Lucas Zelarayan said Thursday. “It is very vertical. They have players from midfield to attack who can unbalance you. They have a good midfield.”
Neither seventh-place Pachuca nor 14th-place Tigres have hit their offensive stride, with the last two Liga MX champions combining to score 10 total goals – two less than first-place Club Tijuana has netted on its own.
Despite the lack of scoring form, the Pachuca-Tigres pairing always seem to produce goals. In their last meeting, Tigres came out on top, 4-2, on August 21, 2016. Andre-Pierre Gignac and Ismael Sosa struck for two goals each in a winning effort.
Zelarayan is expecting another high-scoring affair.
“It is going to be a back and forth match like they always are against Pachuca,” he finished.