El Súper Clásico will make its 2021 debut on Sunday when Chivas Guadalajara host Club América in the hopes of beating their fiercest foes three times running for the first time in almost 15 years.
What TV Channel is Chivas-América on?
The biggest rivalry in north American soccer returns this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, with América’s trip to Chivas available to watch live via Telemundo and NBC Universo. You can live stream Liga MX matches on fuboTV.
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When: Sunday, March 14
Where: Estadio Akron, Zapopan, Mexico
Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV: Telemundo, NBC Universo
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Las Chivas emerged as victors in both home and away legs over América during this season’s Apertura quarterfinals, with Cristian Calderon’s treble sealing a 3-1 aggregate win:
Victor Manuel Vucetich & Co. have since endured a downward slide in form and sit ninth in the Clausura table ahead of Week 11. El Súper Clásico has a habit of ignoring recent records altogether though.
Santiago Solari, on the other hand, has Las Águilas soaring to new heights at second in the standings after he replaced Miguel Herrera at the América helm during the off-season. The former Real Madrid chief has lost only two of his 10 fixtures thus far in Liga MX, though it’s worth noting both of those came on the road (including the 2-0 win at Atlas that was overturned due to an ineligible player in their squad).
A lot has changed for both Chivas and América since their two-legged affair during the Apertura playoffs, but the high stakes of El Súper Clásico are ever the same in such a celebrated matchup. For the guests, a win at the Estadio Akron could mean taking top spot in the Clausura, which would already be theirs were it not for the points docked against Atlas.
By all rights, Solari has restored a great sense of composure in a relatively short space of time at the Azteca, with only Cruz Azul (eight) racking up more than América’s seven wins to date. His side recovered from a first-minute setback to beat Apertura champions León 2-1 in Week 10, when Federico Viñas’ injury-time decider settled an incredibly tense comeback:
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s trip, Viñas sounded a battlecry to América’s upcoming opponents and told reporters there isn’t a team in Mexico that’s safe:
“We [América] are in great shape and that is why we are in second place after 10 games. We didn’t give our best version against León, but this club doesn’t give up until the referee blows the whistle. Every club has to worry about América.”
Chivas, on the other hand, can only reposition themselves within the Liguilla places even if they register what would be only their second home win of the season. Vucetich’s men are unbeaten in Week 4, but they’ve dropped too many points tallying up six draws—at least two more than any other team—and have often relied on late interventions to secure results.
Guadalajara’s only two wins this season have come against big names in Pumas UNAM and León, which would have meant a lot more this time three months ago. Both teams have dropped off massively in the early phases of the Clausura and currently reside outside the top 12, whereas América have moved in the opposite direction and look closer to their more dominant best.
Jose Macias has been a frequent source of inspiration for Guadalajara and is one of the joint-highest scoring Mexican players in Liga MX this season, with eight goals to his name (more than half of Chivas’ 15-goal total). He and Calderon will hope to remind América of the dangers that lurk in Zapopan when the Eagles visit, but too much reliance on certain stars could leave Chivas short.