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We’re now in the final weekend of the Liga MX regular season. At the time of writing, neither Chivas nor Tigres have officially booked their spots into the playoffs, and although this could actually happen before kickoff on Saturday, positioning within the knockout round is still up for grabs.
Chivas are the slight favorites here, but keeping in mind that this could be the last game for a legendary manager on the other end of the pitch, there’s reason to look at the visitors as having a slight upper hand.
Tigres won’t let Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti potentially end his tenure on a bad note.
Tigres for the win (+200)
|Chivas vs Tigres Information|
|What||Chivas vs Tigres|
|Where||Estadio AKRON (Guadalajara, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, May 1st at 6:00pm ET|
|How to Watch||Telemundo|
It’s understandable why many would lean towards Chivas getting a win this weekend. They’ve claimed three victories in a row, manager Victor Manuel Vucetich seems to have sorted out several of his problems, and most importantly, his players seem to be buying into his system.
Keeping in mind that they’ll be hosting the match, and that they are just one spot ahead of Tigres, Chivas should be clinching a win here, right?
While Chivas should be praised for their resurgence that should be able to earn them a spot in the playoffs, there’s no way of ignoring what Tigres are capable of when they are at their very best.
And considering some circumstances, they should be hitting the ground running this weekend.
According to numerous reports, this season will be the very last for Ferretti with Tigres. After previously managing the club twice, the Brazilian took charge once again in 2010 for a 10+ year run that has made Tigres the most dominant team of the last decade.
Ferretti became an icon through that run, and during that process, he’s won over a countless list of players who continue to hold him in the highest of regards.
With a place in the playoffs that has yet to be guaranteed, there’s a very strong reason to believe that many of his experienced veterans will go all out this weekend. When looking at these players, it’s also easy to forget that Tigres house some of the very top names in the league, and given a different season in which they didn’t have a Club World Cup run abroad, things could have been much more in their favor in the Liga MX table.
Are Chivas reliable at home?
Regardless of their impressive results in recent weeks, it’s also important to remember that they have only been able to claim two wins in seven games at the Estadio AKRON. Only Juarez, who also have two wins on their home turf, have collected fewer points than Chivas when looking at home results.
Whether it be due to the pressures of their unsatisfied fans or the need to compensate for what has overall looked like a fairly average season, Chivas tend to overcomplicate things and stumble at home.
There’s just something about Andre-Pierre Gignac and the big stage. Against elite teams or in high-pressure moments, the French striker thrives in situations where many others would be overwhelmed by the task at hand.
It’s what has made him one of the greatest strikers in the history of Liga MX, and when looking at stats, it becomes obvious that he loves finding the back of the net against tough opposition.
In a recent post from soccer analytics site StatisKicks, it was interesting to note that against the traditional big four teams of Liga MX (Pumas, Chivas, Club America and Cruz Azul), no player has scored more against those opponents in the last 15 years than Gignac.
André-Pierre Gignac, es el jugador que más goles le ha anotado a los “4 grandes” del futbol mexicano en los últimos 15 años en toda competición. pic.twitter.com/qir49LnOvT
— Statiskicks (@statiskicks) April 28, 2021
Expect goals from the 35-year-old this Saturday.
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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