Monterrey vs Chivas Guadalajara – Saturday 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Monterrey.
Our Liga MX game of the weekend brings us to Monterrey where CF Monterrey will host Chivas from Guadalajara. The match might very well be the fixture between the current champions (Chivas) against the future champions Monterrey.
Monterrey like their more famous city rivals Tigres have been one of the biggest spenders during the summer. Bringing in the likes of Avilés Hurtado, Jorge Benitez and Leonel Vangioni Monterrey already added to what had been an impressive side. In fact, many believed that Monterrey would be one of the top contenders for the title last season.
Led by the Argentinian forward Rogelio Funes Mori Monterrey was picked by many to win the league title last season. But Monterrey missed out on the Liguilla during the Apertura and then in the Clausura, despite finishing second during the regular season, were eliminated 6-1 on aggregate by city rivals Tigres UANL.
It was a major embarrassment for one of the richest clubs in the country, and it seems that Monterrey, as a result, have gone on a spending spree to win the first league title since the 2010 Apertura triumph. Thus far the investment has paid off as Monterrey have looked solid early on and have recently dismantled Tijuana 3-0.
Chivas in the meantime are suffering somewhat from a championship hangover. The Goats finally won a league title this spring ending an eleven-year title drought. Head coach Matías Almeyda had built an exciting squad despite the fact that he is limited to just selecting Mexicans for his squad—Chivas like the Basque club Athletic Bilbao only fields home-grown players.
With the club having completed a championship season, ending the club’s second dark era, Chivas were thought to be in a strong position to sign new players. Targeting the likes of Carlos Vela, he signed for LAFC, Chivas, were unable to bring in new faces. Not surprising it has therefore been a difficult start for the Goats, who have drawn the first three matches of the season.
Monterrey vs Chivas – Players to look out for:
Avilés Hurtado #18 – Monterrey
The 30-year-old Avilés Hurtado was signed from Tijuana in the 2017 summer draft in Cancun. A formidable attacking player Hurtado can play as both a striker and trequartista. A dominant player Hurtado adds to an already impressive Monterrey forward line and could be the difference maker this weekend and when it comes to the title this season.
Rodolfo Pizarro #20 – Chivas Guadalajara
Guadalajara has already produced the likes of Chicharito, and Marco Fabian and Pizarro, who is now 23-years-old has the talent to make the jump to Europe. Getting him, however, would not be cheap. Chivas paid €13 million in January to sign Pizarro from Pachuca, and Deportivo Guadalajara are known for being a tough negotiation partner. But with Chivas finally having ended their title drought during the Clausura Pizarro could now have set his sights on making the jump across the Atlantic.
Monterrey vs Chivas Guadalajara – Match Stats
- Monterrey are the only Liga MX team that has not conceded a goal this season.
- Chivas have not lost a game in six matches.
- Monterrey head coach Antonio Mohamed has never won a match against his Chivas counterpart Matías Almeyda.
- No red cards were issued in the last eight games between the two sides.
- Chivas have not won a game since beating Tigres in the Clausura final.
Prediction: Monterrey vs Chivas Guadalajara 2-1
Monterrey vs Chivas – Possible Lineups
Gonzalez – Fuentes, Montes, Sanchez, Medina – Carlos Sanchez, Ortiz, Cardozo – Hurtado, Funes Mori, Pabon
Coach: Antonio Mohamed
Cota –Sanchez, Pereira, Alanis, Mayorga – Salcido, Vazquez – Fierro, Pizarro, Pineda – Zaldivar
Coach: Matías Almeyda
Manuel Veth is a freelance journalist and social media junior editor at Bundesliga.com. He is also a holder of a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from King’s College London, and his thesis is titled: “Selling the People’s Game: Football’s transition from Communism to Capitalism in the Soviet Union and its Successor States,” which will be available in print soon. Originally from Munich, Manuel has lived in Amsterdam, Kyiv, Moscow, Tbilisi, London, and currently is located in Victoria BC, Canada. Follow Manuel on Twitter @ManuelVeth.