Mazatlan vs Chivas Prediction, Money Line & Picks
- After an applaudable start, Mazatlan are now sinking fast
- Chivas striker Jose Juan Macias could potentially add to his growing list of goals
- In support, Macias should have others behind him that could also help carry the slack
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Although Chivas do have a tendency of shooting themselves in the foot against easy opponents, there will be no excuses against Mazatlan.
Regardless of their handful of unexciting draws and questionable wins in recent weeks, Chivas have much more to be confident about when compared to their upcoming opponents. Mazatlan have lost four in their last five games, and in their one single victory during that run (a 3-0 thrashing of Queretaro), Mazatlan had a two-man advantage for 30+ minutes.
Barring some sort of bizarre situation in which Chivas themselves earn two reds, Mazatlan will once again falter.
Chivas for the win this Saturday ()
How to Watch Mazatlan vs Chivas
|Mazatlan vs Chivas Information|
|What||Mazatlan vs Chivas|
|Where||Estadio Mazatlan (Mazatlan, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, March 6th at 10:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
It’s interesting to analyze a league giant like Chivas.
With a young roster that is filled with brilliant and dynamic players, Chivas should be a title-contender. Along with a veteran manager like Victor Manuel Vucetich, they should be as feared as Cruz Azul or Club America, who have both thrived in the early days of 2021.
Instead, Chivas seems to be right down the middle and as average as it gets when it comes to results. Two wins, two losses and five draw, with 14 goals scored and 14 allowed. It’s not exactly terrible per se, but they’ve regularly produced results that are far too close for comfort.
Since February, optimists will point out that they’ve been undefeated in their last five games. Pessimists, on the other hand, will note that their defense continues to be shaky and that they’ve needed a couple of late equalizers to salvage two matches in recent weeks that could have easily been losses.
That said, at the very least, they’re not Mazatlan…
Mazatlan Are A Hot Mess
Leave it to the new kids on the block who fashion themselves as “pirates” for quickly crashing and burning their boat.
Following a promising start in their debut Liga MX season with a 3-2 win at home, Mazatlan have since emerged as one of the more problematic teams. Granted, they do have three wins, but in their last two months, they’ve suddenly run out of energy.
In their last five games — four of which ended in losses — they’ve allowed nine goals and only responded with four in their favor. As mentioned earlier, it should also be noted that they had the noteworthy advantage of playing against a nine-man Queretaro last month that easily gifted them a 3-0 win.
And with only two shots on target in their latest 1-0 defeat by Cruz Azul on Wednesday night, things don’t seem to be getting any better.
Jose Juan Macias Is Silencing Skeptics Week In And Week Out For Chivas
Having an in-form striker is a nice backup plan for Chivas. While Vucetich and his roster should be criticized for the general lack of character and consistency, the good news is that striker Jose Juan Macias has consistently been able to sweep numerous issues under the rug.
The young Mexican has been a game-changer for Chivas, and regardless of the complaints that many fans have against his work rate, the 21-year-old has still been able to quiet his doubters with six goals in seven games for the club.
Perhaps motivated by a less-than-exciting end to 2020, and by also perhaps the lack of a transfer to Europe just yet, Macias is playing as if this could very well be his last tournament for Chivas before moving on to greener pastures across the Atlantic.
Macias Has Plenty Of Support As Well In The Attack
Say what you will about Chivas’ defense, their lack of a cohesive idea, and also their penchant for securing some lucky late goals, but they are scoring.
In fact, with 14 goals in nine matches, Chivas are outperforming most when it comes to finding the back of the net. Along with Macias, numerous others like Alexis Vega, Jesus Molina, Jesus Angulo, Isaac Brizuela, Alejandro Mayorga, Miguel Ponce and others have done a great job of sharing the workload in the final third and capitalizing on the chances they’ve been given.
Which, oddly enough, is somewhat of a good summary of Chivas’ season so far. Despite the occasional moments of praise for those mentioned, all of those names are capable of achieving much more.
And heading into the weekend, they’ll have a good chance of taking a big step forward against a weakened opposition.
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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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