Necaxa vs Chivas Guadalajara Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Regardless of their latest tie, Chivas have shown signs of improvement
- Necaxa have had little to offer when it comes to finding the back of the net
- Chivas may soon make a much-needed goalkeeping change this week
Necaxa vs Chivas Guadalajara Odds
Necaxa vs Chivas Guadalajara Predictions and Picks
Necaxa has been dropping points left and right. With three consecutive losses behind them — and seven goals allowed during those matches — there’s now a good chance that they’ll earn another defeat this week.
Chivas for the win +155
How to Watch Necaxa vs Chivas Guadalajara
|Necaxa vs Chivas Guadalajara Information|
|What||Necaxa vs Chivas Guadalajara|
|Where||Estadio Victoria (Aguascalientes City, Mexico)|
|When||Friday, September 11th at 8:00 PM PT|
|How to Watch||TUDN|
Can Necaxa Bounce Back?
After going through three consecutive losses in a row, Los Rayos has stumbled to the lower end of the Liga MX table. With just two wins in nine matches, Necaxa must soon begin crawling their way back up if they wish to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Scoring goals wouldn’t hurt either. No team has scored fewer than the six-goal tally that Necaxa have so far.
As for their opponents, Chivas, things have been a bit hit or miss for the club in recent weeks.
Just days after shocking the Mexican soccer world with a 3-1 away win over Tigres, Chivas’ latest result, a dull 1-1 draw at home against Queretaro, was an entirely different performance from the one in their previous win. That said, the Guadalajara club has now avoided defeats in their latest few matches, and against a struggling Necaxa roster, there’s no reason why Chivas can’t earn three points.
Despite Latest Draw, Chivas Are Gradually Improving
There’s no doubt that Chivas fans will be left devastated after the 1-1 draw against Queretaro. Following their early 1-0 lead, the squad was soon dealt with not only a goalkeeping blunder that equalized the scoreline but also a missed penalty in the latter stages of the match.
With what should have been a chance to potentially sink the game-winner, striker Jose Juan Macias’ penalty shot in the 92nd minute was ultimately saved, thereby stealing any hopes of a late comeback.
Nonetheless, there’s reason to feel optimistic about Chivas.
Macias snatched the lone goal for Chivas earlier in the game and has now scored in two consecutive matches for the first time this season. Fellow striker Alexis Vega was brilliant in the frontline and provided the assist for Macias’ goal. Elsewhere, wingers Uriel Antuna and Isaac Brizuela occasionally looked deadly with their runs.
Once a team that slumped to scoreless defeats, there are now signs of promise under new manager Victor Manuel Vucetich.
And at the very least, there are more positives in their attack than what has been seen from Necaxa…
Necaxa Have No Real Threat In Their Frontline
Necaxa has only scored once in their last three games. Looking at their season performance so far, they have a league-worst total of six goals.
This isn’t good news — especially for a team that could have better-attacking numbers.
Striker Mauro Quiroga is a proven goalscorer in Liga MX and winger Pablo Barrera is a tried-and true-veteran that should be capable of carrying most teams. They have both had a handful of good performances, but it still hasn’t been enough to lift Necaxa out of their goalscoring slump.
Even at home, it isn’t a given that Necaxa will be picking up their form this Friday either. As seen in the 2-0 loss to Leon and the 3-0 defeat by Tigres this season, Necaxa isn’t guaranteed points or goals in their Estadio Victoria fortress.
A Necessary Goalkeeping Change Could Soon Be Made By Chivas
It’s a simple question, but perhaps also an important one: Would Chivas be better if they dropped goalkeeper Jose Antonio Rodriguez from the starting XI? Were it not for a couple of noteworthy mistakes from him since late last month, the argument could be made that Chivas should be a few spots higher in the league table.
After his latest mishandling of the ball, there’s now a good chance that the often overlooked Raul Gudiño could soon be back between the sticks in the XI.
With plenty of potential in his young career, the addition of the 24-year-old Mexican with national team experience might be the exact boost that Chivas need near the midway point of the regular season.
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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.