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Saturday’s Clasico Nacional will see Chivas Guadalajara and Club America renew hostilities after the latter beat their great rivals 2-0 in the quarter-finals of the Copa MX on Wednesday.
Both teams need the points as they pursue a place in the playoff phase of the Mexican top flight. Club America are the Liga MX champions and favourites with the oddsmakers even though they have struggled to replicate last season’s form.
Chivas have also endured problems, with Jose Cardozo’s squad not living up to the obvious talent in the ranks. Cardozo’s men are in danger of not qualifying for the Liguilla.
Date: Saturday, March 16
Time: 7 p.m. local time/9 p.m. ET/1 a.m. GMT (Sunday)
TV Info: ESPN Deportes, Univision.
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- Chivas: 48-25
- America: 157-100
- Draw: 233-100
All odds according to OddsShark.
The indifferent form of both has been detailed by Rafael Diaz of OddsShark: “Though they are just one point above Chivas in the league table, Miguel Herrera’s men have lost just once in their last four league matches, in contrast to Chivas’ two defeats in their last three.”
Another loss could doom Cardozo, although Goal’s Jon Arnold has said “the scuttlebutt is that Cardozo would keep his job even if Chivas lose Saturday.”
Herrera has Club America putting together some positive form in the key moment of the season.Eduardo Verdugo/Associated Press
Cardozo needs to work out a way past the conservative tactics favoured by his rivals. America rely on a solid defence and an industrious midfield long on graft and goals.
A key figure is Mateus Uribe, whose technique and vision can keep the chances flowing for a capable forward line. It’s a group led by Chile international Nicolas Castillo.
He’s still a rugged target man but now benefits from the pace and flair offered by winger Jeremy Menez. Their combination should mean Herrera’s team isn’t short of a cutting edge.
Any lead will be ably protected by goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin and formidable centre-back Edson Alvarez.
The onus will be on Chivas to attack, with some hoping for a more enterprising match than Wednesday’s fare:
Even so, the Clasico continues to be a major draw:
Striker Alan Pulido can net the goals Chivas need, but he requires more support from midfield duo Jesus Molina and Fernando Beltran. Without it, Chivas will slip to another damaging defeat, one potentially fatal for their flickering playoff hopes.