Date: Saturday, January 27
Time: 7:00pm Pacific, 9:00pm Central, 10:00pm Eastern
Venue: Estadio Akron, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
TV: Univision Deportes Network(US - Spanish), Chivas TV (Mexico)
Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription)
Last Result: Monterrey 4-1 Chivas 08/12/17
Chivas is on a confidence boost after El Rebano got their first three points of the tournament last week. However, that was against a struggling Necaxa squad and will have a much tougher opponent in Rayados this weekend. Chivas have obtained all of their four points in the Clausura on the road and will attempt to come away with their first home win since October 28, 2017, where they beat Tijuana 3-1.
Lineup Changes: After giving Chivas fans a scare by exiting the game against Necaxa with some discomfort, strikers Alan Pulido and Ronaldo Cisneros will be suited up and ready to go against Monterrey. Midfielder Michael Perez will also return to first-team action after recovering from his knee injury. The 12-time champions will have to be without defender Jair Pereira yet again after suffering a leg injury during practice.
Players to Watch: Keep your eye on the strikers in this one. Both Pulido and Ronaldo Cisneros are on cloud nine after scoring their first goals for the team last weekend and both will be looking to maintain that goalscoring form. Pulido especially struggled all last season in that department(of course, he was injured for most of the Apertura) and Chivas needs the former Tigres player to get back to his old self in order to beat his old cross-town rival Monterrey.
Rayados were easily the most dominant team in the league last season, and it showed. Lately, though, Monterrey has taken a turn for the worse since losing the final against Tigres. They did beat Veracruz in Jornada 1 but had a very bad showing against Tijuana, drawing 0-0. They are not playing with the same offensive power that Rayados fans were used to, and while they boast a vastly more complete squad on paper, they need to wake up and translate that talent on the pitch.
Lineup Changes: It remains unclear whether goalkeeper Hugo Gonzalez will start after suffering an injury against Veracruz, but the 27-year-old was seen traveling with the team to Guadalajara.
Player to watch: Aviles Hurtado just can’t seem to find the back of the net anymore since missing that crucial penalty in the final last season. The Colombian winger failed to convert from 11-feet again against Tijuana, and must now look to break his drought against Chivas.