Clausura 2017 Liga MX Enters Semi-finals Stage on Thursday
Tigres UANL will be gunning for a fifth straight victory on Thursday when they kick off their Liga MX Clausura 2017 semi-final matchup with Club Tijuana.
UANL finished a disappointing seventh on the Liga MX table but dominated in a 6-1 quarter-final aggregate win over CF Monterrey and has outscored opponents by a 14-2 margin in four games ahead of Thursday night’s matchup at Estadio Universitario in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico.
Tigres have also won two straight on the road, ending a three-match winless streak, and will be looking to claim the Liga MX Clausura 2017 crown after repeating as Apertura champions earlier this season.
Tigres UANL are listed as the +225 favorites on the latest Clausura futures betting lines.
Los Xolos finished the regular season atop the table with a 9-4-4 record, but were in tough against Monarcas Morelia in the quarter-finals, falling 1-0 on the road in the first leg before rebounding for a 2-0 win as -175 home favorites to reach the semi-finals.
Tijuana has alternated between wins and losses over its past four matches, including a 3-0 loss to UANL in late April. But Los Xolos have proven capable of shutting down opponents after recording clean sheets in four wins and one draw over their past eight games.
In this week’s other Liga MX semi-final matchup, Club Deportivo Guadalajara looks to end a five-match winless stretch on the road as it visits Deportivo Toluca in their first-leg contest.
Chivas exchanged a pair of 1-0 home wins with Club Atlas in the quarter-finals, advancing only by virtue of a higher finish on the Liga MX table where they edged out Los Zorros by a single point.
Guadalajara’s second-leg win over Atlas ended a four-match slide and marks the first time that Chivas have posted a win in 90 minutes in their past eight outings, recording a meagre 2-3-3 record in that span.
Wins have also been scarce for Toluca, which enters Thursday night’s contest having recorded just one win in its past seven games overall. Los Diablos Rojos handed Santos Laguna a 4-1 beating to open their quarter-final matchup, but followed up with a 3-1 loss to Los Guerreros as +130 home chalk in the second leg.
That defeat drops Toluca to 1-0-3 in its past four home dates, but Los Diablos Rojos have won six straight at home against Chivas, outscoring Guadalajara by a 14-5 margin in those matches.