The biggest battle in Mexican football is upon us as America takes on Guadalajara in the El Super Clasico on Saturday, Oct. 5 in Mexico City.
While looking at the current table, one would think this would be an easy victory for Club America. They are in first place of the league and are six points clear of Leon in second. Meanwhile, Chivas has struggled lately and are only two points ahead of last place.
However, there is no such thing as an easy match in this rivalry. The last time these teams played, there were fights both on and off the pitch. Brawls outside the stadium preceded a violent match that included four red cards.
Hopefully, this year's version can be more civilized, but anything is possible when these two historic clubs get together.
When: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. ET
Where: Azteca Stadium, Mexico City, Mexico
Odds (via Bet365): America (-225), Guadalajara (+700), Draw (+300)
Top Storyline: Can Chivas Get Back on Track?
Despite being historically one of the top clubs in Mexico, Guadalajara has struggled recently. After finishing in 17th place out of 18 in Clausura, the group has not fared much better in Apertura.
Through 11 matches, Chivas only has one win to go with five draws and five losses.
Still, the fact that they have been able to earn draws against good teams is certainly encouraging. If they can simply cut down on the mistakes, they could leave matches with three points instead of one.
If the squad can come through with a strong performance against its most hated rival, it could provide momentum for the remainder of the season.
Prediction: America 2, Guadalajara 1
While Guadalajara will fight hard, it simply does not have the defense to keep America off the scoresheet.
Raul Jimenez has been red-hot on the attack, and the rest of the players have done a great job of sharing the ball. Five different players have at least three goals for America, while four players have at least three assists.
Guadalajara will fight hard enough to earn a goal, but it will not be enough to even things up in this one.
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