Chivas Guadalajara vs Atletico San Luis Prediction, Odds & Picks
- Back to full fitness, Chivas’ roster will be ready to showcase their top players this weekend
- On the sideline, renowned manager Victor Manuel Vucetich will also have a chance to stamp his authority in his first match with the club.
- While San Luis may not be the most high-profile team, they could still continue to turn heads this weekend.
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Chivas Guadalajara vs Atletico San Luis Odds
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|Chivas Guadalajara win||-112 |
|Atletico San Luis win||+280 |
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Chivas Guadalajara vs Atletico San Luis Predictions and Picks
While the argument could be made that both sides are a work in progress, the odds are in favor of a Chivas squad with more talent and depth in their roster. With plenty to prove — especially with a new manager at the helm — there should be a number of motivated players for Guadalajara.
Chivas to win (-112)!
How to Watch Chivas Guadalajara vs Atletico San Luis
|Chivas Guadalajara vs Atletico San Luis Information|
|What||Chivas Guadalajara vs Atletico San Luis|
|Where||Estadio Akron (Guadalajara, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, August 15th at 6:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Telemundo|
Both clinching 2-0 wins in their recent games, Chivas and San Luis have each earned three much-needed points in the early stages of the 2020 Apertura season.
For Chivas, there were signs of real progress and growth after the firing of manager Luis Fernando Tena, who was widely questioned by fans for his pragmatic approach to games. In a new era without Tena on the sidelines, the Liga MX giants were threatening in the attack during Wednesday night’s 2-0 away win over Juarez. With a return of key players, Chivas’ roster looked like one that is capable of becoming one of the top clubs in the league.
San Luis are also on the up and up. In their own 2-0 win over Xolos on Wednesday, San Luis pounced on key opportunities and capitalized on their rare moments of possession that provided two crucial goals. Coupled with their previous draw that has now placed four points in their hands from the last two matches, San Luis have continued their gradual progression up the league table.
But do they have enough in them to beat a Chivas squad that are ready to steal headlines and the spotlight in the near future?
Chivas’ Roster Is Back And Healthy
Beleaguered with positive COVID-19 tests that had numerous players miss out on matches in the last few weeks, Chivas now appear set to have a full and healthy set of players this weekend.
Outside of winger/striker Alexis Vega who earned a red on Wednesday, Guadalajara should be able to count on key players that were initially slated to help make the squad one of the best in Liga MX.
Of those returning, Fernando Beltran is arguably the most important. As the glue in the midfield, the 22-year-old is one the most vital figures as a clever distributor of the ball. Given time to roam, Beltran could easily thread and create plays that would destroy San Luis’ backline.
He’ll also have a new manager to impress as well.
New Manager Victor Manuel Vucetich Is Set To Make His Mark For Chivas
There’s a reason why they call Vucetich “King Midas.” Nearly everything he touches in Liga MX turns into futbol gold.
With a storied career that includes Liga MX silverware, CONCACAF Champions League titles, Copa MX trophies and a handful of “manager of the season” awards, few coaches in the Mexican soccer scene have more respect or plaudits than the 65-year-old.
Up next for him is a salvation project for a Chivas team that struggled in recent days with Tena. Set to take charge of his first match this weekend against San Luis, expect a number of players to step up and try to make a name for themselves for a manager that has consistently demanded the respect of his squad.
Are San Luis Underrated?
On paper, there isn’t much excitement when soccer media and fans glance over at San Luis.
Although they are mostly funded by Atletico Madrid ownership, their roster is one that is fairly average at best in comparison to other Liga MX rivals.
That said, this is also still a team that has only lost once in the first four matches of the season. Against Xolos on Wednesday, San Luis highlighted their ability to capitalize on their limited possession that led them to a 2-0 win.
They might not play pretty soccer or have a squad filled with countless marquee names, but they’ve gotten the job done for most of the matches so far. After beating Xolos on Wednesday, they’ll have more confidence as well.
But as mentioned earlier, will that be enough?
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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]