Santos Laguna vs Chivas Guadalajara Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Santos have lost a bit of their power with key players unavailable
- A quick look at the bench offers plenty of exciting alternates for Chivas this weekend
- As long as Jose Juan Macias is fit, Chivas have a fighting chance
Santos Laguna vs Chivas Guadalajara Odds
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|Santos Laguna win||+105|
|Chivas Guadalajara win||+210|
Santos Laguna vs Chivas Guadalajara Predictions and Picks
Despite the distressing news of positive COVID-19 numbers emerging within Chivas’ squad — and within other Liga MX squads for that matter — the team has powered through their start to the season with talented depth and experienced alternates that have stepped in their place. Although they’ll be traveling away, Chivas has a decent chance to get a draw here against a Santos team that is missing key players.
How to Watch Santos Laguna vs Chivas Guadalajara
|Santos Laguna vs Chivas Guadalajara Information|
|What||Santos Laguna vs Chivas Guadalajara|
|Where||Estadio Corona (Torreon, Mexico)|
|When||Saturday, August 2nd at 8:00 PM ET|
|How to Watch||Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes|
Both failing to clinch a victory in their Liga MX season debut, Santos and Chivas will hope to bounce back in Week 2 of the 2020 Apertura.
For Chivas, the unfortunate flurry of news regarding positive COVID-19 tests hampered the team before taking on Leon last week. A few starters and manager Luis Fernando Tena was unavailable for the game, meaning that a handful of backups had to step in. Nonetheless, against a difficult Leon side, Chivas were still able to hold their opponents to a 0-0 draw.
Santos, without the injured Brian Lozano, appeared to be a shadow of their former selves last Saturday in the 2-0 loss to Cruz Azul. Without their playmaker and with a red card by the 14th minute, Santos managed to only have one shot on target in their defeat. A humbling result and perhaps a sign of things to come for the team that also recently traded starting goalkeeper and captain, Jonathan Orozco.
The Absence Of Orozco And Lozano Will Continue To Be Felt For Santos
Once a top Liga MX team in early 2020, it’s difficult to now see Santos as one of the elite clubs in Liga MX this season.
First, without Lozano, Los Guerreros are missing arguably their best player. In the 2019 Apertura and the now canceled 2020 Clausura, no member of the Santos roster had more goals or assists than the attack-minded midfielder. Now management is left scratching its head as it attempts to find a new plan that can help compensate for the player that isn’t set to come back from injury until at least the winter.
Secondly, we can’t ignore the glaring departure of Orozco. As a trustworthy leader and captain in between the sticks, the goalkeeping veteran almost became synonymous with the team in recent years. Carlos Acevedo and Gibran Lajud could each eventually become what Orozco represented and accomplished, but it’s going to take time.
And until then, there will be a weak-link in the net.
A New Opportunity For Chivas Alternates
If there was ever such a thing as solace when your team is racking up positive COVID-19 tests, it would be the fact that Chivas have plenty of backups and fringe players that can seamlessly step in for the squad.
The match against Leon may not have ended in a win, but with fringe options like Angel Zaldivar and Jose Juan Vazquez moving from the bench and into the XI, Chivas weathered a Leon storm that they were expected to get lost in.
It may need some more fine-tuning and reassessment, but Chivas have a number of skillful backup pieces that can correctly complete their puzzle by this weekend.
The Attacking Influence Of Chivas’ Jose Juan Macias
Most importantly, Chivas target man is still available and healthy.
20-year-old Jose Juan Macias has plenty left to accomplish in Guadalajara before potentially heading out to one of the European teams that he has been linked with. With decent speed, ball control, and top-notch finishing at his disposal, the young player is set to become the next great Mexican striker in the near future.
As long as Macias is in the XI, Chivas will always have a chance of finding at least a goal or two in any game.
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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.