Pumas vs Chivas Prediction, Odds & Picks
- All signs point to yet another draw for Pumas after collecting seven so far this season
- Chivas should keep things relatively close with their reliable backline
- Even if Chivas improve their attacking efforts, don’t expect them to sneak much past Pumas goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera
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Pumas vs Chivas Predictions and Picks
In theory, it makes sense as to why many would want to go for Pumas. They’ve looked like one of the best teams so far this season and aren’t as inconsistent as a squad like Chivas.
And yet, keeping in mind that Pumas do tend to collect a long list of ties – and that Chivas are still making slight progress in recent months – a point apiece seems like a favorable option to go with.
Many will point to Pumas as the favorites but go with the tie this Saturday.
How to Watch Pumas vs Chivas
|Pumas vs Chivas Information|
|What||Pumas vs Chivas|
|Where||Estadio Olimpico Universitario (Mexico City, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, October 31st at 9:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Univision, TUDN|
The end of Liga MX’s regular season is now within sight. With only two matches left in each club’s schedule, it’s now crunch time for many who will attempt to make a last-minute sprint into the playoffs.
However, for Pumas and Chivas, all they’ll need for a postseason invitation is a nonchalant stroll in their last matches.
Thanks to a new rule that has extended playoff positions all the way down to 12th in the table, Chivas should have no issues earning a place in the next round. Although they finished last week’s round of games with a 2-0 defeat and a spot at 9th, Chivas will not only need an epic collapse to occur but also a long list of other results to work against them in order to miss out on the playoffs.
Things are looking even better for Pumas. With a place all but guaranteed in the postseason, the only thing that the Mexico City squad might have to worry about is finishing in the top four — which would grant them a bye in the first round of the playoffs and an automatic seat in the quarterfinals.
But enough playoff talk, what does this all mean for this weekend? And most importantly, why should we assume that Pumas might stumble to a draw against a weaker opponent like Chivas?
If There’s One Thing Pumas Are Exceptional At, It’s Finishing With A Tie
The numbers don’t lie. With seven ties in their 15 Liga MX matches, no other club in the league has earned more than Pumas. Notably, that trend has recently increased after the team shuffled through three ties in just their last four games.
Which isn’t to say that they are playing poorly either.
Whether fans of the organization like the approach or not, manager Andres Lillini has consistently kept his side near the top of the league table. Unfazed by being stuck in midfield battles, Pumas are a team that fight relentlessly in narrow draws and wins that have made them incredibly tough to go up against.
Pumas have been solid in their backline as well, but so have Chivas…
Chivas’ Defense Continues To Thrive
As odd as it sounds to praise their defense after they previously allowed two goals against Cruz Azul, the fact of the matter is that Chivas’ backline is one of the best in the league.
With 14 goals allowed in just 15 games, only four other Liga MX teams will be heading into the weekend with fewer goals allowed. Manager Victor Manuel Vucetich has simply made them more organized in their own half of the pitch.
Problem is, it’s the other end that they need to make some improvements in. For all of the praise that the new manager has been given for his more cohesive approach, there is much that is left to be desired in the final third.
And up against a Pumas goalkeeper like Alfredo Talavera, it’s highly unlikely that Chivas will be able to find the back of the net more than once.
Talavera, Arguably The Best Goalkeeper So Far This Season, Is Undergoing A Revival With Pumas
Let’s take a trip back to the summer.
Talavera, once a central figure and captain for Toluca, was heading to Pumas in what at first seemed like the twilight of his career. At the age of 37 (and now 38 after his September birthday), the goalkeeper was ready for his swan song. He was perhaps even ready for an upcoming retirement.
Who knows what it was that altered him. Was it the change of scenery from Toluca? Was it the reconfiguration of his ambitions with a new club? Perhaps it was the Jorge Campos-Esque pink kit that inspired him?
Whatever it was, Talavera has been absolutely incredible for Pumas this season and has emerged as not only their most impressive player but also the top goalkeeper of the tournament so far.
While Chivas have all of the defensive capabilities to silence Pumas’ attack, so does Talavera in net against the visiting frontline.
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