The ‘Big Cat Derby’ of Liga MX makes its return when Tigres UANL visit Pumas UNAM on Sunday in a matchup that could see either club end Week 15 inside the Liguilla places. Just two points separate the two teams ahead of their clash, where Tigres are hoping to go a fifth consecutive game unbeaten in this fixture.
What TV Channel is Pumas-Tigres on?
A feline frenzy comes to Mexico’s top flight on Sunday, and Tigres’ trip to Mexico City will be aired via TUDN from 1 p.m. ET. You can live stream Liga MX matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Pumas UNAM vs. Tigres UANL
When: Sunday, April 18
Where: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City, Mexico
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Pumas recorded three successive defeats against Tigres before Andrés Lillini took over the team last year. It was by his command that the losing streak ended with a 1-1 draw in the Apertura last August, where Carlos Gonzalez came up with a 90th-minute equalizer:
Fast-forward to today and UNAM boast the better momentum despite the fact they sit four places below Tigres and are just outside the top 12. Lillini’s side are unbeaten in their last four games (2W, 2D) and have won three of their past six, while Tigres have taken only eight points from their past eight outings.
Ricardo Ferretti has struggled to maintain form since travelling to the FIFA Club World Cup in February, with Tigres accumulating only three wins from nine since then. Postseason qualification looks plausible as things stand, but UANL will fall out of the top 12 if Tijuana, Mazatlan and Querétaro win while they fail to match the same spoils this weekend.
The proposition of facing Pumas should delight none more so than Andre-Pierre Gignac, who has fallen particularly flat in form this Clausura campaign. After scoring 11 times in 17 games during the Apertura phase, the Frenchman has returned a paltry two goals in 11 outings this term. The good thing is Gignac has scored more goals against Pumas than any other team in his career (13 in 17 meetings), and it was during their March 2020 encounter that he rounded off a hat-trick with this sublime bicycle kick:
The 35-year-old could still prove key to at least one more Tigres title push given there are three years remaining on his contract, but the same sparkle hasn’t looked present so far this season. Fortunately for Tigres, no Liga MX team has scored fewer than Pumas this Clausura (10 goals in 14 games), though Argentinian Juan Ignacio Dinenno is responsible for four of their last six strikes.