Monterrey will make a last-ditch effort to secure automatic qualification to the Apertura quarter-finals with victory at Chivas Guadalajara when the Liga MX regular season draws to a close in Week 17.
Los Rayados have capitalised on their mid-season turnaround and sit fifth, just outside the quarter-final places, but a win on Saturday could be enough to take them as high as second.
The situation isn’t quite as positive for Chivas, who occupy eighth ahead of the last round of fixtures. The Goats are assured of a place in the playoffs but can finish seventh at best, hoping to seal the best seeding possible if they’re to go far in the playoffs.
What TV Channel is Chivas-Monterrey on?
The stakes are high as Monterrey travel to Chivas on Saturday, which will be aired via Telemundo (or FSN in Canada) at 6 a.m. ET. You can live stream Liga MX matches on fuboTV.
Monterrey haven’t made many wrong moves since the beginning of October, unbeaten in seven matches across all competitions and hopeful of defending their Apertura crown.
Antonio Mohamed’s side have won their last four league matches and will have a pep in their step after lifting the 2019-20 Copa MX title on Wednesday. They drew 1-1 with Tijuana in Guadalupe to clinch a 2-1 aggregate win in the belated final, meaning Monterrey now hold three different pieces of domestic and continental silverware, via ESPN’s Tom Marshall:
Chivas dream of mimicking that success with a trophy in 2020, but recent form doesn’t paint a positive picture of their prospects. A rare home defeat against Cruz Azul preceded their 2-2 draw away to Pumas UNAM, where they lost the lead on two occasions.
How to Watch Chivas Guadalajara vs. Monterrey
When: Saturday, November 7
Where: Estadio Akron, Zapopan, Mexico
Time: 6 p.m. ET
TV: Telemundo, FSN (Canada)
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Guadalajara’s hopes for a seamless end to the regular season also weren’t helped by owner Amaury Vergara’s admission that four players had been exiled from the first team due to discipline concerns. Vergara announced that none of Javier Lopez, Jose Juan Vazquez and Alexis Pena and Dieter Villalpando— the later of which has allegedly been accused of rape—will “ever wear a Chivas jersey,” per Rodrigo Serrano of AS.
None among the aforementioned quartet were considered key members for coach Victor Manuel Vucetich, though Villalpando and Vazquez were each regular starters at times this term.
Monterrey unquestionably have the greater motivation and momentum running in their favor ahead of a climactic trip to the Estadio Akron, where they unbeaten in three visits (two wins, one draw).