Tigres UANL vs Herediano
Competition: CONCACAF Champions League
Date: 28 February 2018
Kick-off: 02:00 CET
Tigres UANL were favourites to qualify before the first leg, even more now that they drew 2-2 away from home, but the way they got equalised last week, left them looking… bad. They were 2-0 up seconds before the 90-minute mark, they gave away a penalty, Herediano didn’t miss the opportunity to close the gap 2-1, and further deeper into added time, “it” happened; 2-2, poor goalkeeping, poor defending in general after a corner kick, and just like that, Tigres threw away a two-goal lead that had them practically qualified for the quarterfinals. Last weekend they beat Morelia 2-1 at home, taking again a two-goal lead, and conceding late in the match (this time, only once). Andre Gignac is still scoring goals for them, he has 12 in 32 appearances this season (Apertura and Clausura combined). Last week had some horrible news for them and for Francisco Meza in particular. The Colombian centre-back, Tigres’ first scorer at Herediano last week, got seriously injured, and will stay sidelined for months. He was hoping to be in Russia with Colombia’s national team, in the World Cup finals, but… In the Clausura table, Tigres UANL are sitting 5th, on 15 points from nine matches.
Kudos to Herediano for not giving up last week. Just before the 60-minute mark they were 2-0 down, and stayed there until the last seconds of regular time. Then, they won a penalty, they converted, and not just that, but they pushed for the equaliser, they earned a corner, even their goalkeeper went forward, and they got rewarded. They still need to beat Tigres in Mexico, it feels… close to mission impossible, but at least they earned the right to hope, to dream. Last weekend they beat Carmelita 2-1 away from home, thanks to a penalty kick late in the game. They are leading in Costa Rica’s championship, on 27 points from 13 matches.
Previous five matches:
Tigres UANL vs Morelia 2-1
Herediano vs Tigres UANL 2-2
Tigres UANL vs Atlas 2-0
Lobos BUAP vs Tigres UANL 0-0
Tigres UANL vs América 1-1
Carmelita vs Herediano 1-2
Herediano vs Tigres UANL 2-2
Herediano vs UCR 1-1
Santos de Guápiles vs Herediano 0-0
Herediano vs Municipal Liberia 6-3
Tigres UANL’s next game is at Veracruz, on Sunday (Mexico championship). Herediano are hosting Alajuelense on Saturday (Costa Rica championship).
Tigres UANL vs Herediano: Head to head Stats
Tigres UANL have hosted Herediano twice before. A 3-0 win and a goalless draw for them the last three years as hosts to the Costa Rican side. Both were CONCACAF CL group stage matches.
Tigres UANL vs Herediano: Prediction
Despite dropping the ball in the last minutes of the first leg, I still expect them to win and obviously to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Tigres UANL vs Herediano: Betting Tips
A simple Tigres win pays just 1.33. “Over 2.5 combined goals” is at 1.80. These two combined, promise a decent 2.10.
More CONCACAF Champions League betting tips and match previews: