When it comes to massive rivalry games like these, all factors like momentum, goals scored, points, and everything in between are thrown out the window.
Don’t let the league table fool you. Although America has been slightly better so far this season, Chivas are more than capable of making this a scrappy and thrilling 90 minutes.
The tie +250
|Club America vs Chivas Information|
|What||Club America vs Chivas|
|Where||Estadio Azteca (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, September 19th at 10:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
It doesn’t get any bigger than this in North American club soccer. Get ready for the most-watched and the most eagerly anticipated match in the CONCACAF region.
El Super Clasico, El Clasico Nacional, El Clasico de Clasicos. Whatever you want to call it, millions will be glued to their television screens this weekend as America and Chivas take the field at the historic Estadio Azteca.
With more trophies than any other teams in Mexico — and more popularity amongst fans as well — Chivas and America are giants among giants in the Liga MX soccer scene. Due to this, no game in the regular season has more attention or spotlight than the match between the two clubs.
Looking ahead to this Saturday, who has the advantage?
Despite the fact that it’s fair to point to America who so far has more wins and points than the visiting Chivas, there’s reason to believe that this could be closer than expected when you look at some of the problems that the home side will have.
For eight consecutive games in a row, America has allowed at least one goal from the opposition. Without an injured key player like Bruno Valdez in recent matches, fans of the club have felt uneasy about the experiments manager Miguel “Piojo” Herrera has tinkered with this season. Whether it be through a change of formation or inputting difference faces into this defense, Herrera appears to still be attempting to fine-tune his roster that was once on the receiving end of a 4-1 thrashing last month.
To make matters worse, star goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa doesn’t look like the infallible player many make him out to be. Since returning to Mexico after a long stint in Europe, the veteran has gone through a number of ups and downs with America.
So if America’s backline is vulnerable, Chivas’ star-studded attack should be able to easily win this, right? Not exactly. Due to a number of different factors that range from positive COVID-19 tests to off-the-field problems, the Guadalajara team has yet to truly string together consistent performances.
Coupled with the introduction of new manager Victor Manuel Vucetich — who doesn’t mind grinding out narrow wins or ties — and you have a team that isn’t taking as many chances as they truly should in the final third.
While they’ve done well defensively, in the attack, Vucetich’s influence points to more pragmatism than risks, meaning that Chivas might be content with an away tie this weekend.
All that said about their negatives, there’s obviously a reason why these two clubs are currently sitting in the top six of the league table. For America, members of their frontline have created the best goalscoring numbers in the league. With 21 opportunities finding the back of the net, no other Liga MX club has yet to score more than America. As for Chivas, their defense has been a saving grace in the last several weeks. Guided by Vucetich’s more conservative approach, only two Liga MX teams have allowed fewer goals than Chivas.
So what does this all mean?
In a battle between an exceptional defense and a brilliant attack, the margins will be incredibly close in what should be an exciting 0-0 or 1-1 tie.
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