Monterrey vs Tigres UANL – Saturday 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Monterrey.
Monterrey vs Tigres UANL is one of the biggest games in Mexican football. Known as the Clasico Regiomontano, the rivalry is the most traditional in Mexican football, and by far overshadows the derbies in Mexico City.
Tigres UANL, whose fans will argue that they are from San Nicolas de La Garza, and not Monterrey, represent the working class of the Monterrey area, whereas Monterrey, better known as Los Rayados, represent the upper classes of the city.
There is also a university aspect to the rivalry between the two clubs. Monterrey plays in the colours of the privately owned Tecnologico de Monterrey university. Tigres, meanwhile, were founded as the club of the public Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León.
Unlike Pumas UNAM, who are still associated with the university that founded the club, both clubs are no longer owned by their respective universities. UANL leased out the administration of the team to a subsidiary of CEMEX in 1996 and, since then, the club has become one of the richest in the league.
Monterrey, on the other hand, are owned by FEMSA, which is Latin America’s biggest bottling company. With the help of FEMSA, Monterrey was able to build one of the most modern facilities in Latin America. Opened in 2015, Estadio BBVA Bancomer holds 53,500 people and, with the new arena, Monterrey CF have become one of the biggest clubs in Mexican football.
In fact, these days, the class differences in the Clasico Regiomontano have been watered down. With the help of their respective owners, both clubs are now considered the richest in the league, and the derby, therefore, will pit the two best squads in Mexican football—and perhaps in Latin American football in general—against each other.
But there will be much more on the line then just a regional rivalry. Monterrey are currently fourth in the Clausura standings and, with just three games remaining, a win for the Los Rayados could pretty much assure their qualification for the Liguilla. With their focus on the CONCACAF Champions League, ninth placed Tigres have struggled somewhat in the Clausura.
Since reaching the final, however, Tigres have comfortably beaten Chivas (3-0), and Pumas (4-0) and, with André-Pierre Gignac having rediscovered his scoring touch, Tigres very much look on form to reach the playoffs after all. With Tigres back in form the Clasico Regiomontana will be a fascinating match to watch, as Liga MX’s Liguilla race is heating up.
Monterrey vs Tigres – Players to look out for:
Rogelio Funes Mori #7 – Monterrey
Nicknamed the Mellizo (the twin) Rogelio Funes Mori is the twin brother of Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori. A tall, and lanky striker Funes Mori was actually developed by FC Dallas youth academy before he moved back to River Plates youth academy in his native Argentina in 2008. Unlike his brother, though, Rogelio Funes Mori struggled to make an impact on European football. Brought to Europe by Benfica Funes, Mori only played a handful of games for the Portuguese based club. Monterrey signed the Argentine striker after he scored eight goals in 29 games while on loan with Eskişehirspor in 2014-15. Funes Mori has scored five goals in the Clausura this season.
Eduardo Vargas #26 – Tigres UANL
For years, Eduardo Vargas has been the cornerstone of Chile’s attack. A fast and technically gifted forward, Vargas was an important member of the Chile side that won the 2015 and 2016 Copa América. But, at the same time, the Chilean struggled to find his form whilst playing for clubs in Europe. First signed by Napoli back in 2012, Vargas was sent out on loan to Grêmio, Valencia, and Queens Park Rangers, before being sold to Hoffenheim in 2015. In Germany, Vargas showed glimpses of his talent without ever convincing Hoffenheim’s management that he had what it takes to succeed in the Bundesliga. As a result, Vargas was sold to Tigres in the winter, where he adds another dynamic element to what is already a very dangerous Tigres attack.
Monterrey vs Tigres UANL – Match Stats
- Tigres have won every match in Liga MX since reaching the CONCACAF Champions League final.
- Tigres head coach Ricardo Ferretti has a winning record against Monterrey (W11 D5 L9)
- Antonio Mohamed, however, has a balanced record against Ferretti (W6 D3 L6)
Prediction: Monterrey vs Tigres UANL 2-1
Monterrey vs Tigres UANL – Possible Lineups
González – Sánchez, Juárez, Montes, Fuentes – Gargano, Molina, Cardona – Sánchez – Chara, Funes Mori
Coach: Antonio Mohamed
Guzmán – Rodríguez, Juninho, Ayala, Torres – Dueñas, Aquino, Pizarro, Sosa – Vargas – Gignac
Coach: Ricardo Ferretti