The most anticipated match of the Liga MX regular season is upon us with the biggest rivalry in Mexican soccer. Ahead of this Jornada 8 primetime game, we look at Club America vs. Chivas Guadalajara odds and props and offer a few predictions for Saturday night’s ‘Clásico de México.’
Fans in Mexico and the United States will be tuned in for what is expected to be one of the best versions of the National Clasico in recent memory, given that both teams are in the top six in the standings. This will be one of, if not, the most watched soccer game in the U.S. this weekend, based on previous TV ratings and perhaps one with the most action given the record amount of states that allow legalized online sports betting.
Odds for Club America vs. Chivas Guadalajara Liga MX Match
Here are Club America vs. Chivas Guadalajara betting lines found at the best sports betting apps, where the visitors are priced as an underdog despite winning against America earlier this year in last season’s playoffs.
Club America Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
Club America is Mexican soccer’s version of the Dallas Cowboys or New York Yankees in that you either like them or you hate them. The 13-time Liga MX champions, the all-time leaders, are known worldwide and currently feature one of the best rosters in recent memory.
Of course, all that matters to American fans is when the next championship is going to come. The last championship won was back in 2018 and Brazilian coach Andre Jardine, in his first season with the club, could be gone as early as this year if this team fails to meet that objective.
Las Aguilas (The Eagles) play at the mythical Azteca Stadium, which has hosted two FIFA World Cup Finals and NFL games in Mexico. Expect a loud crowd for the most important match of the year.
Colombian winger Julian Quiñones is easily regarded by many pundits as the best active player in Liga MX and Club America made sure to add him to their ranks in a transfer reported between $6-10 million this summer. At 26, Quinones has won four Liga MX titles, two apiece at Tigres UANL and Atlas, and is expected to become a star with the Mexico men’s national team after recently gaining his Mexican citizenship. He is tied for second across all league scorers with four to his name and more expected.
Adding Quiñones to a squad that was already a high-potent offense is what raises the expectation levels. Mexican striker Henry Martin won last season’s Golden Boot with 13 goals. Martin is coming back from an injury but is expected to return for this high-profile match as it’s all hands on deck.
America also counts on former league Best XI selections in Jonathan Rodríguez, Diego Valdés, and Álvaro Fidalgo in their attack. They also feature former LAFC winger Brian Rodriguez and U.S. men’s national team forward Alejandro Zendejas. Add experience with former Mexico national team members Jonathan dos Santos, Miguel Layun, Néstor Araujo, and current members Kevin Alvarez and Luis Malagon, and you have one star-studded contingent.
Doubtful: Henry Martin
‘Chivas’ Guadalajara Roster, Injuries & Betting News
Twelve-time Liga MX champions Club Deportivo Guadalajara are in a resurgence under Serbian coach Veljko Paunovic, who led the team all the way to the final in his first season last spring. The team defeated America in the semifinals but came up just short at home, falling to star-studded Tigres UANL.
Despite ending runners-up, there is optimism for fans after last winning a league title in 2017. Under Paunovic, a former FIFA U-20 World Cup-winning manager, the club is starting to go back to a successful and trademark, youth development model.
Chivas (the Goats) are perhaps the most popular team in Mexico, with only America having a case to argue, built by its Campeonisimo squads that won five championships in the ’80s and their nationalistic policy of fielding only players of Mexican origin. Of course, they are one title away from tying America for the all-time record and that’s a race that is as alive as ever.
Chivas has been known as one of Mexico’s best developers of talent throughout history, in part because of the talent-rich city of Guadalajara, and leading the current crop is 17-year-old Yael Padilla. Along with midfielder Fernando Beltran and winger Roberto Alvarado, all three lead the team with two goals apiece.
Alvarado is one of Guadalajara’s better players at his best along with winger Alexis Vega. Both of those players were part of Mexico’s 2022 FIFA World Cup roster and certainly have the quality to deliver a special moment. Add to that crop 28-year-old midfielder Erick Gutierrez, who returned to Liga MX this summer after five years at PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
Chivas’ backline features some of the best Mexican defenders in right back Alan Mozo, and center backs Antonio Briseño and Hiram Mier. Goalkeeper Miguel “Wacho” Jiménez won the job last season and could become a team legend if he provides more saves and moments and, of course, championships.
Doubtful: Victor Guzman
Goalscorer Props + More Club America vs. Chivas Guadalajara Wagering Options
Below is a sampling of props for Saturday’s Club America vs. Chivas Guadalajara Liga MX game.
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Club America vs. Chivas Guadalajara Prediction
Like any rivalry game, these games are always tightly contested no matter the results each team is going through in their season. The fact that both are in really good spots, and realistic title contenders, make this a more salivating encounter.
Look for the important players like Quinones, Martin if he indeed returns from injury, and Rodriguez to score for America. For Chivas, the pool is a bit more diverse but Alvarado is the main name to look with Padilla and Pavel Perez providing the most value.
Here are a few bets that are worth considering:
- Total Goals: Over
- Both teams to score:
- Anytime Scorer: Julian Quiñones , Brian Rodriguez , Roberto Alvarado
Club America vs. Chivas Guadalajara Broadcast Info: Where to Watch
- Date/Time: Saturday, September 16, 11:10 p.m. ET
- Location: Azteca Stadium – Mexico City
Watch this match at one of the following:
- Univision, TUDN, ViX (Spanish)
- TUDNXtra (English)