On Sunday, the Estadio Chivas in Jalisco will play host to the 220th edition of the Clasico Nacional between Chivas and Club America. It really doesn't get any bigger than this, with Mexico's two most traditional teams going at it in a rivalry that crosses borders and extends generations.
Chivas sit 14th in the Liga MX table, six points off a playoff position. However, Clasico Nacional glory would give their fans some sort of success in the league, and while all games against Club America are must-wins, the team will also be conscious that a win would be an important step to take if they plan on making a second-half surge for the playoffs.
On the other hand, Club America come into this game after a dominant 4-1 win over Monarcas Morelia last week, where Club America looked absolutely rampant in Cuauhtémoc Blanco's farewell match. As ever, manager Ignacio Ambriz has been under scrutiny all season, but victory in the CONCACAF Champions League against the Seattle Sounders has temporarily cast the spotlight away from the 51-year-old. The Rebaño Sagrado are unbeaten in their last three Clasicos, and this seems like the ideal time for Las Aguilas to finish with that trend.
Regardless of current league performance, though, no extra motivation is needed for both sides. Chivas and America have won 11 and 12 league titles respectively, a history of success that is still unmatched in Liga MX. That underlines what makes this game the biggest in Mexico.
Match date/time: Sunday 9:30pm EST, 7:30pm local
Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Mexico
TV: Unimas and Univision Deportes Network