Two teams who experienced contrasting fortunes in the first week of the Liga MX Clausura will clash on Saturday at the Estadio Universitario.
Tigres, the Liga MX reigning champions, fell 2-1 at Puebla at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc in a disappointing start to their title defense.
Santos Laguna, meanwhile, laid down an early-season marker in a 4-2 victory over Lobos BUAP, which was highlighted by a hat trick from Djaniny.
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|Game||Tigres vs Santos Laguna|
|Date||Saturday, January 13|
|Time||8:00 p.m. ET|
|Stream (US only)||fuboTV (7-day free trial)|
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SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Position||Santos Laguna players|
|Goalkeepers||Orozco, Acevedo, Garcia|
|Defenders||Izquierdoz, Araujo, Alcoba, Villafana, Arteaga, Abella, Sanchez, Ibanez, Bernal|
|Midfielders||Vazquez, Rivas, Andrade, Martinez, de Buen, Cortes, Rabello, Davila, Lozano, Martinez, Isijara|
|Forwards||Furch, Rodriguez, Djaniny|
Santos will likely feature a similar lineup to the group that started the season so well, as Carlos Izquierdoz, Jose Abella and Djaniny were all named to the Liga MX team of the week for their performances against Lobos.
Potential starting XI: Orozco; Abella, Izquierdoz, Araujo, Arteaga; Martinez, Vazquez, de Buen; Djaniny, Furch, Rodriguez
|Goalkeepers||Guzman, Fernandez, Ortega|
|Defenders||Kolodziejczak, Ayala, Juninho, Meza, Torres Nilo, Acosta, Jimenez, Estrada, Rodriguez|
|Midfielders||Carioca, Duenas, J. Torres, Vasquez, R. Torres, Zelarayan, Aquino, Alvarez, Sosa, Damm|
|Forwards||Valencia, Gignac, Vargas|
Jurgen Damm has returned to training but will likely miss another match after suffering burns on the right side of his face from New Year's fireworks.
Potential starting XI: Guzman; Rodriguez, Ayala, Juninho, Torres Nilo; Duenas, Carioca; Valencia, Vargas, Aquino; Gignac.
Tigres will look to bounce back in week two after a surprising defeat at Puebla to start off the Liga MX Clausura.
Tuca Ferretti's side fell 2-1 at the Estadio Universitario to open the season but the defending champions did get a goal from Enner Valencia, who looks to be picking up where he left off after a nine-goal season in the Apertura.
The home side will have to overcome Jurgen Damm's absence for another week after a New Year's mishap with fireworks, but Tigres have the depth to make up for any losses in attack.
Santos Laguna will come into the match full of confidence, as Robert Siboldi's side seemed to put its 14th-place finish in the Apertura in the rear-view mirror with an emphatic 4-2 win over Lobos BUAP last weekend.
Djaniny was the star of the show, scoring a hat trick to nearly equal his total of four goals collected in 17 Apertura appearances.
It wasn't just the Cape Verdean striker who shined last weekend though, as Osvaldo Martinez picked up three assists in the game at the Estadio Corona.
Though Santos will come into the match on a high, it will be a much tougher test than the club faced last weekend.
Tigres won seven and drew one of its eight home fixtures during the Apertura regular season, and will be favored to get the first win of their title defense on Saturday.