This rivalry is comparable to ... it is a difficult one! Think unbridled passion, a quite equally split regional powerhouse and two clubs that -- rightly or wrongly -- are not considered part of Mexico's "big four" and the temptation is to say the Clasico Regio is like Newcastle versus Sunderland in England, Real Betis versus Sevilla in Spain or even Newell's Old Boys against Rosario Central in Argentina.
All have regionally based fans that don't need the national spotlight to fuel the passion. But those comparisons almost don't do the Clasico Regio enough justice, because they don't boast two league-leading teams like Monterrey does. In those terms, there are elements of the modern Manchester United against Manchester City, or even AC Milan versus Inter.
Another key feature is just how even the teams are. Reigning Liga MX champions Tigres have won the title five times, compared to Los Rayados' four. The record in official matches between the two reads 38 wins for Tigres, 37 for Monterrey, with 33 draws.
Who will win? The big players
Mario de Souza Mota: Nobody has scored more goals (11) in Clasicos Regios than "Bahia" did for Monterrey, and two of them were especially memorable. He scored an impressive solo dribble from the halfway line in the 36th clasico and netted an overhead kick in the 38th edition.