Chivas and Monarcas Morelia meet for the second time in a week as Matias Almeyda’s men look to head into the international break with another win.
The Rebaño Sagrado received a pleasant surprise during the midweek when it was announced that six of their players would be in Mexico’s squad for their upcoming friendlies against New Zealand and Panama. Among those six players are regulars like Isaac Brizuela, Orbelin Pineda, and Rodolfo Cota, while new signing Alan Pulido makes his long-awaited return to the national team.
Of course, that wasn’t the only boost Chivas received during the midweek as they also clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the Copa MX with a 1-0 win over Monarcas Morelia. For the Purepechas, it was the continuation of a horrible week that started with a woeful second half performance against Puebla, squandering a 2-0 lead against a side playing most of the match with ten men.
That said, it’s too soon to call it a must-win, but Morelia need to start earning points if they want to keep themselves out of the relegation battle. The good news for them is they have lost just once in their last ten visits to Chivas, and like the Guadalajara outfit, their first-team starters should be fully rested.
For Chivas, though, to end the week with three straight wins before the international break would set a good platform for what is sure to be another exciting ending to the Liga MX Apertura regular season.
Chivas 1-0 Monarcas Morelia – September 27, 2016 – Copa MX Apetura ‘16
A lone Nestor Calderon goal from the penalty spot helped Chivas reach the quarterfinals of the Copa MX.
Match date/time: Saturday 10pm EST, 9pm local
Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Mexico
TV: Univision (US - Spanish), Univision Deportes Network (US- Spanish)