Chivas vs Mazatlan Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Mazatlan has been far from convincing in their away games
- Fresh off training with the national team, Chivas will have a handful of players that will be high on morale
- After losing to Club America, Chivas should be more than motivated to bring positivity back to the squad this weekend
Chivas vs Mazatlan Odds
Chivas vs Mazatlan Predictions and Picks
After failing to clinch a win in last week’s Clasico Nacional against rivals Club America, Chivas should feel compelled to immediately bounce back in a much less threatening encounter. Mazatlan, with only two wins in 11 games, is far from being a reliable or intimidating Liga MX squad.
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How to Watch Chivas vs Mazatlan
|Chivas vs Mazatlan Information|
|What||Chivas vs Mazatlan|
|Where||Estadio Akron (Guadalajara, Mexico)|
|Whe||Saturday, September 26th at 6:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Telemundo|
Chivas are down, but not out.
One week after struggling to find the back of the net in the Clasico Nacional, the Guadalajara roster find themselves in need of some much-needed redemption. Pressure, ever a constant within the organization, has once again mounted to a new level after losing to America in the previous 1-0 defeat. In a season that has been filled with constant problems on and off-the-field, a win or perhaps even a draw in the Clasico would have salvaged some hope for a Chivas fanbase that remains skeptical to this day.
Chivas must respond this week. Knocked a few places down the league table, Los Rojiblancos are more than capable of clawing their way back up against Mazatlan.
Mazatlan — Liga MX’s latest newcomers — have only had brief moments of brilliance in their debut season. Despite their tendency to steal a surprising amount of possession, their bright moments have been lost in a tournament that has only gifted the club two victories since July.
Most importantly for Chivas, none of those wins for Mazatlan have been away from home.
Mazatlan Are One Of The Worst Away Teams In Liga MX
As if things weren’t already bad enough at home (insects in their stadium included), Mazatlan has been dreadful when leaving their familiar turf. In their five away games so far this season, they only have two draws and three losses to show for their road trips.
A total of 14 Liga MX teams have accumulated more away points than the meager two that Mazatlan has stolen. Credit should be given to them for stepping up against Tigres in a 1-1 draw last month, but as mentioned earlier, this performance is one of the very few highlights that we’ve seen from the team that has regularly stumbled to winless results.
And if we’re looking at the stats of that 1-1 against Tigres, Mazatlan should consider themselves lucky that they were able to sneak in an equalizer during the 97th minute.
Chivas Will Have Players High On Momentum After Training With National Team
To receive a call-up to a national team is always an invaluable moment in any player’s career. These training camps — which were underway for a few days earlier this week — not only provide a chance to represent Mexico, but also a boost in the morale of budding talents across the country.
For Chivas, a total of five players were given that chance this week. Gilberto Sepulveda, Uriel Antuna, Fernando Beltran, Alexis Vega, and Jose Juan Macias all donned El Tri training kits recently during the latest mini-camp for the squad. Photos emerged of the young up-and-comers who were all smiles and clearly thrilled with the chance of showing off for national team manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino in Mexico City.
Moments like those can help invigorate any player, and in the week of an upcoming Liga MX game, Chivas fans should expect some of these figures to step up their level of play and show that they are ready to continue earning call-ups for the national team.
Too Much Pressure On Chivas After Recent Defeat
It bears repeating that Chivas must gain a win here. A draw, no matter how they played, would be seen as a failure.
One week after losing to America, Chivas must flip the script in an immediate fashion. Manager Victor Manuel Vucetich is likely very aware of the necessity to do this. As a coaching veteran in the country, he has seen time and time again the insurmountable amount of negativity that gets thrown onto Chivas whenever they lose rivalry matches.
One of the cons of being a team that’s arguably the most popular in Mexico and North America is that when they falter in big games, there’s no way of escaping the tsunami of criticism that players and staff are submerged in.
Vucetich hasn’t exactly won many over with his playing style either. As a pragmatist, fans and media have questioned his approach so far this season. And if Chivas can’t defeat a minnow-like Mazatlan, even more questions will be directed towards those in charge.
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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.