Mexico's most storied rivalry is set to resume as Atlas will host Guadalajara at the Estadio Jalisco on Saturday in the Clasico Tapatio.
While Chivas are living comfortably in the middle part of the table (Guadalajara currently sit in seventh place), the hosts find themselves near the bottom of the standings and in need of some points, adding fuel to what is already promising to be an exciting contest.
Date: Saturday, March 22
Time: 11 p.m. ET/3 a.m. GMT
Venue: Estadio Jalisco
TV info and live stream: The game will be broadcast on Deportes Univision. Mobile coverage will be available through the channel's mobile app.
Atlas are winless in their last six home games, and according to Soccer Stats, the hosts have conceded at least one goal in 83 percent of all their home matches. Those are not numbers usually associated with the storied club, and a local derby against Chivas is always a good way to turn a season around.
Fans will be hoping for a Clasico for the ages, but as ESPN's Mexican football expert Tom Marshall shows, both teams aren't very good at scoring:
Marshall also reports players from both sides have called on fans to make sure this game will be played without the threat of violence next to the pitch:
Chivas' Omar Bravo and Atlas' Leandro Cufre to give a joint press conference this afternoon to call for a #ClásicoSinViolencia— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) March 19, 2014
While the other Clasico in the Spanish La Liga between Real Madrid and Barcelona will be stealing all the headlines this weekend, this particular derby can match any rivalry when it comes to intensity and tension.
And even though there are very few title implications going into this tie, fans can no doubt expect both teams to give it their all when they go head-to-head on Saturday.
Rodrigo Millar leads all Atlas players with four goals, and the Chilean midfielder will once again be looked at to make the difference for his team. Millar reminded us all how special he can be just a few weeks ago, when he did this against Santos Laguna:
Omar Bravo made the cross-town move from Atlas back to Chivas during the winter transfer window, and his impact has already been felt, scoring a few timely goals to secure the team's safe position on the table.
The veteran striker leads Chivas with three goals and has added a pair of assists for good measure, somewhat helping out an otherwise lackluster group of offensive players.
With both teams struggling to score and having lost a lot of their luster in recent years, fans have had little to look forward to so far this season. Saturday's derby might not have the same impact on the league table it once had, but fans have been waiting for a spark all season and a big win over a city rival might provide exactly that.