Tigres UANL vs. Club Leon – Liga MX, January 9, 2021

| January 7, 2021 10:28 am PDT

We have a blockbuster matchup to enjoy on the opening weekend of the new Liga MX season, with Tigres UANL hosting Club Leon on Saturday, January 9.

Fresh from winning the CONCACAF Champions League, the Tigers will be confident of upsetting the defending Mexican champions at Estadio Universitario.

Thinking about wagering on this one? If so, be sure to check out my Tigres UANL vs. Club Leon prediction and betting pick below.

Tigres UANL vs. Club Leon Odds

Tigres UANL to Win2.10
The Draw3.20
Club Leon to Win3.35

The top online betting sites are obviously expecting home advantage to have a big say in the outcome of this game. As you can see, Tigres (2.10) head into Saturday’s clash as the favorite.

That said, Leon (3.35) was by far the best team in Mexico last year. The high prices for both the away win and the draw (3.20) stand out to me here.

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Domestically, Tigres endured an indifferent campaign last term. Ricardo Ferretti’s men finished sixth in the standings – 12 points behind Leon – before falling to Cruz Azul in the postseason quarter-finals.

But the Tigers made amends for their poor showing in 2020 by clinching the CONCACAF Champions League in December.

After crushing Major League Soccer franchise New York City 4-0 in the quarter-finals, Tigres beat Honduran side Olimpia 3-0 in the semi-finals, thanks in large part to a brace from star man Andre-Pierre Gignac.

Gignac then scored the winning goal as Tigres came from behind to beat MLS club LAFC 2-1 in the final, with the Frenchman securing the club’s first-ever CCL title.

I’m expecting the Tigers to make a big impact on Liga MX this season. They head into the new campaign with some serious momentum behind them, so I think they will be difficult to stop during the early stages of the season.

If the previous campaign is anything to go by, Leon will fancy their chances of halting Tigres’ momentum.

The Green Bellies secured their eighth Liga MX title last term, finishing eight points clear at the top of the standings. The champions then went on to beat Puebla, Guadalajara, and UNAM in the postseason.

Not only were Ignacio Ambriz’s men the third-highest scorers in the league last season, but they also boasted the best defensive record. Leon only lost one of their 17 regular-season matches last term, conceding just 14 goals in the process.

The Green Bellies picked up two 1-1 draws against Tigres in the previous campaign, meaning they have only lost one of their previous five games against Saturday’s opponent.

Tigres UANL vs. Club Leon Pick

Pick
  • The Draw
    3.20

I can understand why the bookmakers are favoring Tigres to win this one. After all, Ferretti’s men will have a spring in their step after being crowned kings of the CONCACAF region.

But given Leon’s hugely impressive defensive record last season, I can see the away side snatching a draw on Saturday. Ambriz’s men may not have played for a month, but they certainly have enough quality to prevent the Tigers from claiming all three points.

Ben Morris

Ben is a sportswriter and tipster who specializes in soccer. Currently based in the UK, he has traveled all around the world watching – and betting on – his beloved sport.

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