Chivas vs Atlas Prediction, Odds & Picks
- At the moment, Atlas is attempting to pick themselves back up in a rebuilding season
- Instead of being involved in a busy international break with the Mexican national team, a number of key players for Chivas were able to stay back and prepare for the Clasico Tapatio
- Progress, although slow, has defined Chivas in recent weeks
Chivas vs Atlas Odds
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Chivas vs Atlas Predictions and Picks
Chivas should be feeling confident for this weekend’s Clasico Tapatio. Against crosstown rivals Atlas, Chivas will have the upper hand thanks to not only their superior roster but also more signs of growth in the last one to two months.
Sure, Chivas have plenty of problems that they must address this season, but in comparison to Atlas, they should be more than capable of clinching a straightforward victory.
Go with the odds.
Chivas for the win -118
How to Watch Chivas vs Atlas
|Chivas vs Atlas Information|
|What||Chivas vs Atlas|
|Where||Estadio Akron (Guadalajara, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, October 17th at 8:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Telemundo|
Get ready for one of the most heated rivalries in Mexican soccer. The Clasico Tapatio – a Guadalajara derby that has existed for over 100 years – is a storied and dramatic clash that has always been one of the must-watch matches in the Liga MX calendar.
Heading into the weekend, doubts surround Atlas. Sitting outside a playoff position in the league table, there have been more lowlights than highlights is a season with only three wins in 13 matches. Their defense, which is fairly average at best, hasn’t done enough to compensate for the woeful attack that has only found the back of the net 10 times.
Doubts have been the norm for Chivas as well, although there aren’t as many questions regarding the Liga MX giants. Under the guidance of new manager Victor Manuel Vucetich, Chivas have played practical yet efficient soccer that has gradually pushed them higher and higher up the league table.
And up against an Atlas side that is attempting to patch themselves up, Chivas should be able to continue that climb.
Atlas Are In A Rebuilding Stage
It might be a bit much to say that Atlas’ season is already over — especially when you recognize that up to 12 of 18 teams will qualify for the playoffs — but not much is expected of the club in the final stages of the 2020 Apertura tournament.
Crucial players were sold over the summer, new manager Diego Cocca has yet to find his right strategy and the attack is in desperate need of additional reinforcements. They also aren’t winning games. In their last five matches, Atlas only has one victory, a narrow 1-0 win over Juarez last month.
With the guidance of Cocca, Atlas should eventually figure things out, but it’s highly unlikely that they’ll be able to do so by this weekend.
Chivas Were Able To Hold Onto Key Players During The International Break
There were serious worries about the busy schedule that Chivas players would have to take part in if they were called up to the Mexican national team this month.
After five members of Chivas’ roster were given a national team call-up in September, Mexico manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino was expected to have a strong Chivas presence in his team for the latest October friendlies — which could have ultimately meant fewer days and potential jetlag for players in their immediate return for this weekend’s Clasico Tapatio.
Reports soon emerged of a deal being made between not only Chivas but also other Liga MX clubs who were anxious about missing players during a crucial part of the season. In the end, only defender Gilberto Sepulveda was called up for Mexico this month for Chivas, meaning that key players like Jose Juan Macias, Alexis Vega, and others have had plenty of time to prepare for this weekend’s game. A small crisis averted.
Albeit At A Gradual Pace, Chivas Are Trending Upwards
Expectations are typically high for Chivas. With an enormous amount of popularity in the region, and also a long list of trophies, there is often very little room for mistakes. This season, there has been no lack of frustration from supporters who have felt underwhelmed by their five wins in 13 games.
And yet, things are getting better in comparison to the beginning of the season.
Since the arrival of Vucetich, Chivas have clawed their way back up the table with low-scoring wins and draws. They have just one loss in their last seven games and have become extremely reliable defensively. The attack could be fine-tuned but is also one of the most lethal in the league when everyone is firing on cylinders.
If we’re looking at trends and the form of their opponents, it’s probable that Chivas will walk away with three points this weekend.
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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.