Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente will be looking to keep their perfect home streak alive on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 when they take on Chiapas FC at the Caliente Stadium. The Aztec dogs are looking to climb back into a playoff position during week 8, position they gave up after a loss last week that combined with a Chivas de Guadalajara victory. Tijuana has 10 points, the same as three other teams and anything can happen in La Liga MX.
Xolos took the field of the Caliente Stadium to hold preparation training under Coach Cesar Farias. The squad is motivated to keep their home streak going. They have not lost at the “dog pound” since April 20, 2013.
Their opponents are Jaguares, a team that arrives with 8 points after 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses. Chiapas is at a comfortable distance from relegation 12 points above Atlante FC, the current team that would go to the Ascenso MX if the season ended at the end of week 8.
There are no clear dominant players on the Chiapas squad. The team has five goals in favor and seven against. Each goal was scored by an individual person. Despite this, the team has dangerous players in their lineup. Sergio Santana, Carlos Ochoa and Colombian Wilberto Cosme have not done much this season, but are proven veterans.
Xolos is a different story all together. The dogs have Argentine Cristian Pellerano as their top scorer with four goals this season. Three other players have scored the team’s remaining goals. Aside from the Caliente being a “fortress” when it comes to victories, Xolos have only allowed one goal on their home turf.
In the last couple of games Argentine Dario Benedetto and Ecuadorian Fidel Martinez have broken the net. With these two players showing great heart on the pitch, Xolos could start showing a different side of the squad. Needed at this time is also Herculez Gomez. The U.S. international is badly needed on the attack, part of the squad that has yet to score.
There have been five encounters between felinos and Xolos with two victories apiece, and a draw. Xolos have won both games played at the Caliente with Chiapas winning two of three at the Victor Manuel Reyna Stadium, only giving up a point during the Clausura 2012. Xoloitzcuintles will take on Jaguares on Friday at 7:30 pm PST.