Toluca vs Chivas Guadalajara Prediction, Betting Odds & Picks
- Chivas have made noteworthy strides after bringing in new manager Victor Manuel Vucetich
- Toluca’s attack has thrived under the leadership of Alexis Canelo
- Making an impact of his own, Toluca manager Jose Manuel “Chepo” De La Torre will look to compete with his Chivas counterpart.
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Toluca vs Chivas Guadalajara Predictions and Picks
Both sides — who are fairly evenly matched — have shown a number of inconsistencies in the current Liga MX season. Without one clear option standing above the other, this encounter has a hard-fought draw written all over it.
How to Watch Toluca vs Chivas Guadalajara
|Toluca vs Chivas Guadalajara Information|
|What||Toluca vs Chivas Guadalajara|
|Where||Estadio Nemesio Diez (Toluca, Mexico)|
|When||Sunday, August 23rd at 6:30 PM ET|
|How to Watch||TUDN|
Little by little, Toluca appears to be making progress. Since their dramatic 3-2 win over San Luis last month, Los Diablos Rojos have now collected three victories in their last four matches. Guided by veteran Rubens Sambueza, Toluca has slowly crept up the league table after having a questionable start in their first game of the season.
Which isn’t to say that they have been perfect either. While they’ve done well in the frontline, they’ve also struggled on their own defensive end. Their current tally of 10 goals scored and 10 goals allowed speaks for itself. Gone are the days when former goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera would help pick up the slack, and although they’ve exceeded expectations so far this season without key players, there are still plenty of holes that must be plugged.
Which is good news for Chivas.
Looking to find some progression as well, new manager Victor Manuel Vucetich and his men fought valiantly to earn a 2-1 win over San Luis last week — a first for Vucetich in his debut on the sideline. A new era is upon the club, and with a different manager now at the helm, morale now looks to be increasing in the early days of the season.
With just two wins so far this season, Chivas should be clamoring for much-needed points, especially in front of their new manager.
Vucetich’s Midas Touch For Chivas
There’s a reason why Vucetich is “King Midas.”
With a long and successful managerial career that spans a lengthy list of Liga MX teams, trophies, titles and illustrious players, there are few people in the league that are as well-respected and experienced as the 65-year-old.
Chivas’ decision to bring in the manager has already paid off. After firing former manager Luis Fernando Tena earlier this month, Chivas found a second wind with Vucetich in his debut match last week. With the veteran manager on the sideline, Chivas appeared to make immediate improvements in the aforementioned 2-1 win against San Luis.
Alexis Canelo, Toluca’s Current Top Player
Regardless of Vuectich’s impact, Chivas have yet to have a player that has stepped up for their team as much as Toluca’s Canelo.
Averaging a goal a game, the 28-year-old Argentine striker has been brilliant for Los Diablos Rojos in recent weeks. Along with an assist, Canelo has had a role in six of Toluca’s 10 goals so far this season.
No matter what Vucetich may do, Canelo will likely be able to counter with his exploits on the field. As seen last week against powerhouses Tigres, it was the Argentine who took control with his two goals that propelled them to a 3-2 win.
An Intriguing Managerial Battle Lies Ahead
When analyzing the decision-making from the team bench, Toluca’s manager also deserves some credit.
Issues have yet to be resolved in the backline, but in the attack, manager Jose Manuel “Chepo” De La Torre has awoken energy and efficiency in the final third that many didn’t predict. So far this season, only 1st place Club America has scored more than the 10 goals that Toluca has been able to accumulate.
The big question now that lies ahead is whether this form will continue against Chivas, or whether Vucetich will respond with an attacking strategy that at least levels out the scoreline.
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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.