How To Watch:
Date: Friday, August 24
Time: 7:00 p.m. Pacific, 9:00 p.m. Central, 10:00 p.m. Eastern
Venue: Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
TV: UniMas(United States), Azteca 7 (Mexico)
Historical Record: Chivas- 86 wins, 66 ties, Atlas- 69 wins
Jose Cardozo’s side began on a disappointing albeit somewhat expected start to the season but have recently returned to winning form after beating Veracruz and Necaxa. Chivas celebrated their first league win at home in over nine months against Los Rayos on Tuesday and now return to their storied stadium across town hoping to make it three straight victories. A win would push Chivas to 10 points and right back in contention for a playoff spot. The last time Chivas won three straight Liga MX matches was from Sept. 23 to Oct. 16, 2016 during the 2016 Apertura season.
“For me there are no favorites in a derby. Atlas isn’t arriving in their best moment but it will be a tough game for both sides.” - Jose Carlos van Rankin, defender, Chivas.
Los Zorros, to put it mildly, have enjoyed better days. Gerardo Espinoza’s team has still not seen the back of the net in six games and sit at rock bottom of the table with just two points to their name. Their roster, consisting mostly of youth players from their academy, is severely inexperienced. The team met the total tournament minutes required under the 20/11 youth player rule after the first three weeks of play. Still, a derby brings out the best of each club and Atlas will not want to go down without a fight. The league will be hoping for the passion to stay on the pitch, however, as violence in the stands during this game in unfortunately common.
“If they don’t want violence then have Guzman [Atlas President] resign!” - Atlas fans’ chants prior to the game.
Players to Watch:
Isaac “Conejito” Brizuela continues to go under the radar at times but is a consistent attacking force for Chivas. Brizuela leads the league in successful dribbles(19) and is tied for third place in chances created(3).
Former Inter Milan midfielder Ricky Álvarez has helped Atlas with all he can, making 12 key passes and boasting an 83 percent pass accuracy. It’s up to the strikers to punch the balls in the net.
Who takes the win? What will the final score be? Let us know in the comments below!