Club Deportivo Guadalajara (commonly known as Chivas) is on the verge of a record 13th Liga MX title, but it’ll have to get through one of the most expensive squads in Tigres UANL to do so. As we prepare to find out the next champion of Mexico, we look at Tigres UANL vs. Chivas odds, props, and a prediction for Thursday’s first leg.
The Estadio Universitario in the Monterrey metro area will be packed to the gills as their beloved Tigres look for an eighth league title and sixth since 2011. After eliminating crosstown rival and top seed Rayados in the semifinals, the celebration has already partially started.
Chivas had its own rivalry match in the semis, eliminating second-seed Club America in the country’s top football rivalry. Led by former MLS coach Veljko Paunović, the Guadalajara side can match America for most Liga MX titles if they get past Tigres.
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Tigres vs. Chivas Odds: Moneyline & Total
Here are the betting lines from top US sportsbooks for this first leg of the Clausura 2023 season final between Tigres UANL and Chivas of Guadalajara.
These odds reflect the prices for both sides on the three-way line, where a bet on either team is a loss in the event of a draw. Caesars has the best odds on Tigres UANL and whatever side you like of the O/U on goals, but if you’re a Chivas fan, your go-to is BetRivers for +300 on the away side. The draw is almost unanimously +225 across the major online sportsbooks.
The odds are likely to change as we get closer to kickoff, and it’s always advised to weigh the options at various sports betting apps to find the best sportsbook bonuses and prices. Most online sportsbooks also offer live betting on high-profile matches like this final of Mexican football, which is expected to draw big ratings in the United States.
SOCCER · Thu (5/25) @ 10:00 pm ET
|C.D. Guadalajara||at||Tigres UANL|
|Estadio Universitario, San Nicolás de los Garza, MX|
Tigres Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
Tigres UANL field one of the most expensive squads in Liga MX, perhaps the most depending on the criteria, with an estimated value of $71.5 million, according to Transfermarkt. The club made two of the highest transfers this season by purchasing last season’s golden boot winner Nicolas Ibanez for a reported $11 million and repatriating 22-year-old Mexican winger Diego Lainez on loan from La Liga side Betis with a purchase clause of $7 million.
Of course, the biggest star on the team remains French goalscorer, Andre-Pierre Gignac. The 37-year-old who has helped Tigres to five league titles and a CONCACAF Champions League signed a new contract to be the highest-paid member of the team with a $4.6 annual salary.
Needless to say, there is no lack of money for the Nuevo Leon side backed by Mexican cement company CEMEX. The squad has gone through three head coaches this season, first appointing now-Mexico national team manager Diego Cocca, replacing him with interim Marco Antonio Ruiz, and making another change late in the season to the more proven and current head coach Robert Siboldi.
The objective of this high-priced Tigres side is to win championships. To that end, winning this final is a must for this season to be labeled a success.
Nahuel Guzman is Tigres’ longtime goalkeeper and the man to expect between the sticks. During these playoffs, he became the goalie with the most shutouts in Liga MX postseason matches.
Mexicans Javier Aquino, Diego Reyes, and Jesus Angulo will likely be part of the backline, which could feature a line of four or five depending on the manager’s plan. With plenty of options, Chilean defender Igor Lichnovsky and Brazilian Samir Caetano wouldn’t be surprising either if selected to the starting lineup.
One man to expect is captain Guido Pizarro with Juan Pablo Vigón alongside him as Tigres likes to play with two defensive midfielders. Up top, there are different combinations but the sure names are Andre-Pierre Gignac and Sebastian Cordova, who has been on fire in these playoffs with a goal in each postseason match so far.
Lainez has been more involved under Siboldi and could be a luxury option just like Colombian winger Luis Quiñones. Remember, Nicolas Ibanez was the top scorer last season and is a defending champion as a member of that Pachuca roster. In summary, Tigres is stacked with talent but can they make it all combine in symphony for two games?
Doubtful: Samir Caetano
Chivas Roster, Injuries, and Betting News
One of the most historical and popular teams in Mexico, Club Deportivo Guadalajara is notorious for fielding a roster of only Mexicans. That has certainly hampered its chances of winning championships but the nationalistic nature of its cause is understood by its fans, and in a league where young domestic players are afforded fewer and fewer opportunities, are beloved for it.
Chivas’ very public and hands-on owner Jorge Vergara passed away in 2019 and now son Amaury is managing the club. In the offseason, he took a different approach by hiring former Spain manager Fernando Hierro as its sporting director, who then hired former Chicago Fire and Reading manager Veljko Paunović as head coach.
Paunović is also known for guiding Serbia to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup title. The hope was, with an academy rich in talent and younger players needing further development, to take this Chivas squad back to its championship-winning ways. To finish as the third seed and qualify for a final in his first season is probably a bit ahead of schedule, but there’s no time like the present.
Miguel “Wacho” Jiménez has flourished in goal this season as part of this upstart Chivas team. Gilberto Sepúlveda and Antonio Briseño provide experience in central defense and Alan Mozo, regarded as one of the best right-backs in the league a few seasons ago, provide some young proven legs in defense.
Fernando Beltrán and Víctor Guzmán provide solid midfield anchors with experienced players like Isaác Brizuela available off the bench. The team also counts on former MLS forward, ex-Charlotte FC man, Daniel Ríos amongst its ranks.
Two members of Mexico’s FIFA World Cup squad at Qatar 2022 will have a bit of the spotlight. Roberto Alvarado, who helped Cruz Azul end a Liga MX title drought, and Alexis Vega, who has yet to reach his best form, will be looked at to be potential difference makers in this final.
Out: Carlos Cisneros (ACL), José Juan Macías (ACL)
Tigres vs. Chivas Props
Below is a sampling of props for Tigres and Chivas.
Anytime Goalscorer (DraftKings):
- André-Pierre Gignac: +130
- Nicolas Ibañez: +200
- Sebastián Córdova: +260
- Nicolás López: +260
- Luis Quiñones: +350
- Víctor Guzmán: +400
- Alexis Vega: +400
- Daniel Ríos: +400
- Fernando Gorriarán: +400
- Roberto Alvarado: +450
- Diego Lainez: +550
- Gilberto Sepúlveda: +2500
- Alan Mozo: +2500
Correct Score (BetMGM):
- Tigres 1-0: +525
- Tigres 2-0: +775
- Tigres 2-1: +800
- Tigres 3-0: +1500
- Chivas 1-0: +825
- Chivas 2-0: +1650
- Chivas 2-1: +1200
- Chivas 3-0: +4000
- 0-0: +675
- 1-1: +550
- 2-2: +1500
- 3-3: +5500
Total Goal Props (Caesars):
- Over 0.5 goals -1200, Under 0.5 goals: +650
- Over 1.5 goals -250, Under 1.5 goals: +190
- Over 2.5 goals +122, Under 2.5 goals: -155
- Over 3.5 goals +290, Under 3.5 goals: -425
- Over 4.5 goals +675, Under 4.5 goals: -1300
Tigres vs. Chivas Prediction
This will be an exciting final to watch but a hard one to predict. Chivas are still a bit of a question mark because, despite having a really good season, they don’t appear to have hit their best gear yet. By that logic, if they do in the final, then they could very well win.
The same can be said of Tigres who have, in many ways, underachieved. They looked unstoppable early in the year before manager Diego Cocca departed to take the national team job. Under Siboldi, they have regained a bit of their pedigree but aren’t the same juggernaut. Gignac is the most proven difference maker amongst both teams and could change the game in the blink of an eye.
Unless Tigres just breaks out in attack, this should be an even game with plenty to dispute in the second leg. With 40,000 plus in favor of Tigres, however, it’s hard not to think that the home side will stay dormant too long.
Here are a few bets on DraftKings that are worth considering:
- Total: Over 2.5 (+120)
- Anytime scorer: Andre-Pierre Gignac (+130), Sebastian Cordova (+260), Alexis Vega (+400)
- Player to Have 2 or More Shots on Target: Andre-Pierre Gignac (+110), Alexis Vega (+200)
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Tigres vs. Chivas Broadcast Info: Where to Watch
- Date/Time: Thursday, May 25, 10:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Estadio Universitario (UANL)
Watch this match at one of the following:
- TUDNxtra (English)
- Univision, TUDN (Spanish)