Game: Club Deportivo Guadalajara S.A. de C.V. vs. Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente
Date: Saturday, October 28th
Time: 10:06 p.m. Eastern, 9:06 p.m. Central, 7:06 p.m. Pacific, 2:06 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Chivas (Zapopan, Jal.)
It’s been a rough go of things for defending Liga MX Champions Chivas (2W 6D 6L), who didn’t get their first win in the competition until September 8. That Matías Almeyda’s squad was going to struggle this season was no secret, especially after losing players like Miguel Ponce and Néstor Calderón. But when you’re one of the biggest clubs in the hemisphere, being 16th out of 18 teams in your domestic league is never going to make your fans happy.
Chivas has the talent, the trick is just getting players like Alan Pulido healthy and getting the most out of players like Carlos Fierro, Carlos Salcedo, and Orbelín Pineda. Almeyda was able to do that in the 2017 Clausura, however he has struggled to replicate that on any consistent level in the Apertura.
Tijuana (5W 3D 6L) comes into Guadalajara at the end of a four game road trip, having defeated Lobos BUAP (5W 2D 7L) and Monarcas Morelia (in the Copa MX Round of 16) with a 1-0 loss to Atlas (6W 1D 6L) in between. Like Chivas, Tijuana has also struggled with consistency this season, however the perros aztecas have been able to get results and lie just three points outside of Liguilla contention.
Tijuana has struggled however against teams they should beat easily, losing to Cruz Azul (5W 6D 3L) and Necaxa (5W 6D 3L) while drawing Veracruz (4W 2D 8L) and Puebla (3W 6D 6L). Estadio Chivas is always a tough venue to play in, no matter how bad el Rebaño sagrado is performing at the moment. Historically, Tijuana has been very good against Chivas with a 7-1-4 record all time and has been unbeaten in the last six in Guadalajara with three wins and three draws.