Chivas vs Monterrey Prediction, Odds & Picks
- Monterrey is picking up pace but have yet to hit their once-dominant form
- One key Chivas player will be sure to be an attacking menace for Monterrey’s backline
- Due to their place in the league table, Chivas might aim for a more defensive approach
Chivas vs Monterrey Odds
Chivas vs Monterrey Predictions and Picks
Like a few other high-profile Liga MX matches this weekend, Chivas vs Monterrey should end in a close result. While Monterrey has the upper hand with their form and momentum, they also have a shorter break after taking part in a hard-fought Copa MX championship on Wednesday.
Chivas doesn’t have much to lose with their place in the playoffs booked, and with a slightly superior defense than Monterrey’s, many soccer fans should expect this to end at a level result.
How to Watch Chivas vs Monterrey
|Chivas vs Monterrey Information|
|What||Chivas vs Monterrey|
|Where||Estadio Akron (Guadalajara, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, November 7th at 6:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Telemundo|
Although it’s probably a stretch to say that Chivas have a good chance of getting a win here against Monterrey – even at home – there are reasons to believe why the Guadalajara club could pick up a tie against one of the more daunting teams in the country.
In what should be one of the more intriguing matches of the final weekend of the Liga MX regular season, keep an eye on a Chivas side that could make things complicated for the visiting Monterrey roster.
Monterrey Have Yet To Truly Hit Their Peak
When thinking of Monterrey, it’s easy to get lost in the idea of what they once were. Late last year, they were absolutely obliterating Liga MX teams in their inevitable path towards the 2019 Apertura title. Their run in the 2019 Club World Cup also comes to mind. 11 months later, it’s still astounding to think that they narrowly lost (and arguably outplayed) Liverpool in the semifinal stage of the tournament.
That’s not the same Monterrey that we see today. They had an awful run at the bottom of the league table in the now-canceled 2020 Clausura competition earlier in the year, and although Los Rayados are heading into the weekend at 5th place in Mexico’s top flight, few would say that they are playing the same soccer that we saw from them a year ago.
Praise should be given for earning a handful of wins since last month, but it’s also important to remember that many of those have been narrow. Let’s also not forget that back in late October, they were lucky to narrowly defeat Mazatlan 2-1. Mazatlan, a team that may not even qualify for the playoffs, out-shot, and out-possessed Monterrey throughout those 90 minutes.
Chivas’ Uriel Antuna Has Emerged As One Of The Top Players In Recent Liga MX Weeks
If there’s a player to focus on in this upcoming match, it’s Antuna for Chivas. Although it would be easy to just point at his two goals and assist in his last three games, what the 23-year-old winger truly brings to Chivas is a much-needed source of energy and opportunities created in the final third.
In fact, according to stats website SofaScore, the only Liga MX player that has created more “big chances” this season is San Luis’ Pablo Barrera. Whether it be on the left or right flank, the young Mexican has appeared as one of the very best players in the league in the last few weeks.
Assuming he builds off of this, he could prove to be a handful for Monterrey’s backline.
Stuck In Playoff Purgatory, Chivas Don’t Need To Chase A Win
Let’s talk about the Liga MX playoff structure and what it means for Chivas.
The good news for Chivas is that due to the fact that the top 12 teams qualify for the playoffs, they’ll have a spot guaranteed no matter what happens this weekend. The (slightly) bad news? They also can’t clinch a spot in the top four, which would guarantee a bye in the first round of the playoffs and an automatic position in the quarterfinals.
So in a way, Chivas find themselves stuck in a mid-table position. Which brings up an argument: Should they overexert themselves ahead of the playoffs? In doing so, would they potentially risk an injury to a key player or two?
Keeping in mind that manager Victor Manuel Vucetich occasionally employs a style that solidifies his backline and keeps things practical, expects to see a Chivas XI that will aim to keep things more pragmatic and defensive against Monterrey.
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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.
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