Two teams in two totally different roads will face each other on Saturday. Leon is not only in first place but in a middle of a record-setting winning streak which looks primed to continue as they face a Guadalajara team that is in a complete downward spiral. Chivas will try to stop from being embarrassed on and off the field, with rumors of an “invasion” from Leon fans prompting Chivas to make a “6 for 1” deal for people with season tickets.
Leon has been the team in this Clausura. Their 12-match winning streak broke an all time Mexican football record,. They have the leading scorer in Angel Mena, who went from Cruz Azul castoff to a hero in Leon. Guys like Costa Rican star Joel Campbell and ex national team member Luis Montes have made the team the best attacking and most fun to watch in the league. But along with that streak, there comes the pressure of ending things with a title. After all, they don’t want to end up like the 2001 Seattle Mariners and have nothing to show for a record breaking season. It might be in their best interest to slow down a little instead of concentrating on a streak that can end with just a draw, especially after a Liguilla that will have some tough teams like Monterrey and Tigres in it.
However, the way Chivas are playing, there might not be the need to go all out for a win. Chivas’ season has been a total disaster. Without a win since beating Atlas way back in February, they will have their final home game hoping to give fans a little hope for a team that will have to fight relegation next season. Mexico’s most popular team is in shambles and it doesn’t look to end anytime soon with a front office that has shown to be incompetent. They will have the toughest test possible at home facing a red-hot Leon. Prior to the match, the strong rumors that Leon fans were planning to “invade” Chivas stadium and be a majority forced them to make a deal in which season ticket holders would get five free extra tickets for this match in order to stop another embarrassment.
If Chivas manages to end Leon’s streak, it might be the only positive thing in a nightmare second half of the season. Still, Chivas, as one of the biggest clubs in Mexico, has to improve and show some heart, enough to at least give their home fans something. Leon, meanwhile, will try to continue their streak, although with the record already in their possession, all eyes should be on the Liguilla where they will be one of the favorites.
Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 07:00pm Pacific, 09:00pm Central, 10:00pm Eastern
Venue: Estadio Akron, Guadalajara, México
TV: Univision Deportes (US-Español), Univision (US-Español), Canal 5 Televisa(Mexico), UnivisionTDN (Mexico), Azteca 7(Mexico), TDN(Mexico),
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