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|Chivas de Guadalajara win||+340
Chivas de Guadalajara are in trouble.
Coming off a 3-0 loss at home — which is their third match in a row without a win — things are now beginning to look dire for the team and manager Victor Manuel Vucetich.
Before the whistle blew during the recent mid-week defeat at the Estadio Akron, fans began to loudly chant for Vucetich’s firing.
Pressure is mounting, and sadly for Vucetich, Saturday’s match against Monterrey is unlikely to solve any problems.
Monterrey are gradually gaining ground in the league standings and haven’t lost a game in all competitions since May.
With two teams heading in two very different directions, go with the side who aren’t going through an early crisis.
Pick Monterrey for the win. (-130)
|Monterrey vs Chivas de Guadalajara Information|
|Teams||Monterrey vs Chivas de Guadalajara|
|Location||Estadio BBVA (Monterrey, Mexico)|
|Time||Saturday, August 21st at 7:00pm PT/10:00pm ET|
|How to Watch||ESPN Deportes|
Things are much rosier over at Monterrey.
Regardless of the fact that many fans with high expectations have anticipated a stronger start, Monterrey remain as one of only three clubs without a loss so far in the current Liga MX season.
As opposed to dominant and one-sided victories, they’re slowly building a solid foundation with two wins and three draws in five.
There’s much to like about what manager Javier Aguirre is doing with the team.
Now in his second season with the club, it’s now more obvious to recognize the organized and practical identity that has led them through their undefeated start.
It’s not incredibly entertaining or risk-taking, but it’s working for Aguirre and Monterrey.
Which is more than what could be said about Chivas’ manager…
It’s almost a surprise to see how long Vucetich has been able to hold onto his position with Chivas.
Whether it be due to his bosses patiently letting him work through his project — or whether Chivas are simply broke — the manager has maintained his job for over a year now.
Which, believe it or not, is actually quite long for a controversial Chivas coach.
Countless names have been fired for less, and in general, in Liga MX, many managers who don’t follow through with their goals rarely hit the 12-month mark.
The writing is on the wall for Vucetich. Team morale is dropping and they only have one win so far.
Looking at Monterrey, Aguirre is starting to turn his squad into a well-oiled machine.
Especially in defense, Monterrey have excelled in the 2021 Apertura tournament.
They’ve only allowed four goals in their five matches, and most notably, no team has been able to find the back of the net more than once against them.
Eager fans continue to push for more goals and more attack-minded risks, but in the end, Aguirre’s gameplan should easily make his club a title-contender this season.
When Chivas first had their issues in the start of the Apertura, the solution seemed like an easy one: Players on Olympic duty would fix everything once they returned.
After all, it wasn’t just a couple of options, but four starters who were absent during the early stages of the season.
Unfortunately, the return of bronze medal-winners Uriel Antuna, Alexis Vega, Fernando Beltran and Jesus Ricardo Angulo didn’t solve anything earlier this week.
Even with all four Olympians in the XI for Chivas, they still suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss at home to Leon.
Which isn’t to say that these players are to blame either.
There’s a bigger problem at hand that extends to Vucetich and those in charge who have overseen Chivas’ latest drop-in form.
And by the end of the weekend, those issues will likely continue to grow.
Freelance writer Cesar Hernandez is a specialist in all things American and Mexican soccer. He has written for ESPN FC, The Athletic, The Guardian, FourFourTwo, VICE Sports and several other publications. Along with writing and previous radio appearances on the BBC, talkSPORT and SiriusXM FC, Cesar is also a member of the Mexican Soccer Show podcast. Email: [email protected]More info on Cesar Hernandez
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