Since reaching first division football, Club Tijuana has faced CF Monterrey on eight occasions, four games in the playoffs. In that time Xoloitzcuintles have won two games, four draws, and two losses. Monterrey has not beaten Tijuana since the Clausura 2012 quarterfinals at the Caliente stadium; right before they eliminated the Aztec dogs from their first playoffs.
Now the teams face off in regular season action during week 6 in the Apertura 2013 of La Liga MX. In their last meeting at the Tecnologico stadium in Monterrey, Xolos defeated the Rayados 1-0 during the Apertura 2012; season that the rojinegros won their first championship.
This will be the fifth time the two squads meet at the Sultana del Norte. So far the teams have split the series with a win, loss and two draws. The advantage this time around goes to Tijuana, club that is doing well this season with two wins, a loss and a draw. Monterrey is not doing too well this season. The regios have yet to win a game with three draws and two losses.
Xolos will also have Fernando Arce (Mexico), Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo (USA), and Pablo Cesar Aguilar (Paraguay) back after completing national team duty during midweek.
If Xolos continue their good play, they could tip the balance in their favor. So far, the dogs have managed to put great plays together as they start to mesh with new coach Jorge Almiron. The three home games they have played so far were dominated by the dogs.
A team like Monterrey can never be counted down. Victor Manuel Vucetich is one of Mexico’s best tacticians on the bench. Despite being in a slump, the team is dangerous. There is no telling what could happen if the three time CONCACAF Champions League winner could do when they come together to play as a squad.
Xolos needs to take advantage of the slump to earn points and get back in the top positions. Another draw between these two emerging northern Mexico clubs would be boring for the fans of both squads. Game takes place on Saturday at the Tecnologico stadium in Monterrey.