Chivas Guadalajara will take on Club America in the latest installment of El Super Clasico, which will again be filled with plenty of emotion and expectation.
The two clubs and sets of players have built a great rivalry over the years that will continue as the two most successful clubs in Mexico square off—both with their different backgrounds and identities and both gunning for the same success here.
Who will triumph in the battle between province and capital? Read on for a full preview of El Super Clasico including details and live viewing information.
Date: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Start time: 10:00 a.m. ET
Venue: Estadio Omnilife, Guadalajara, Mexico
Live Stream and TV Info
According to Live Soccer TV, coverage of the match can be seen on both Telemundo Deportes and Telemundo throughout the United States.
Coverage is also available via Canal de las Estrellas Europa for certain European nations, with Bet365 providing a live stream of the game as well.
What They're Saying
As always, the El Super Clasico has plenty of feeling and anticipation around it, and the personnel in both sides are passionate about the fixture.
Guadalajara coach Benjamin Galindo said via ESPN:
A victory could be the important moment we've been waiting for, a push towards consistency... A victory over Club America, given what the Clasico represents, can shape the future for both teams in this tournament.
I would like Guadalajara to win not only for the three points, but also for the pride, tradition, history, prestige and for Guadalajara's name.
Midfielder Jorge Enriquez also spoke to ESPN about the emotion involved in the game and how vital winning was to the two teams.
For me, it’s a game that you can’t lose for anything in the world. I see it as a final. Results (go out of the window), the league position is forgotten, everything is forgotten.
People are very emotionally involved in the game and they tell you, "You have to win; all the rest don’t matter; qualifying (for the playoffs or not) doesn’t matter, just defeat America..."
Club America's sporting director Ricardo Pelaez also understands this, telling Record (h/t Tom Marshall of Goal.com), "More than saying it is forbidden to lose, winning is obligatory."
Three Numbers to Consider
Six: Despite losing one less game than their opponents this year, Chivas Guadalajara find themselves six positions lower in the Mexican domestic league after their opening 10 games. They do, however, have a game in hand on their rivals here.
Zero: Guadalajara have recorded zero losses at home this season. By comparison, Club America have scored just six goals away from home compared to the 15 they've scored at home.
One: Club America have only beaten Guadalajara once in their last 10 matches (since 2008). That was a 1-0 win at home on October 25, 2009.
Perhaps the biggest question mark coming into this one is how the Mexican international fixture during the week will affect both teams.
Guadalajara didn't lose a player to that international and have two players returning from injury, whilst Mexico City will be without a number of players due to injury and suspension. That might not seem like much, but for a big rivalry game, it could be a huge difference.
Club America have been very strong this year domestically but have struggled away from home—and could do so again. Look for Guadalajara to snare an early goal and double that quickly after halftime—continuing their home-ground undefeated run this year.
However, also look for them to continue their recent dominance of their rival, which will be the most important thing of all.
Final score: Guadalajara 2, America 0
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