Wins have been few and far between for Chivas Guadalajara and Tijuana entering the final days of the Liga MX Clausura, with both clubs in desperate bids to qualify for the postseason. Chivas and Los Xolos each have just one win apiece from their last eight matchups, but the Goats—who boast a game in hand—have lost only twice in that period. Tijuana occupy 12th and are three places above their Sunday hosts, but they’ve also recorded defeats in six of those last eight games.
Victory for Victor Manuel Vucetich & Co. would lift them level on points with Tijuana and possibly into the top 12 in what will be Guadalajara’s penultimate home game of the regular season.
What TV Channel is Chivas-Tijuana on?
Telemundo will take care of broadcasting duties as Chivas look to leapfrog guests Tijuana into the Liguilla places, kicking off Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. You can live stream Liga MX matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Chivas Guadalajara vs. Tijuana
When: Saturday, April 17
Where: Estadio Akron, Zapopan, Mexico
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Both Chivas and Tijuana are approaching the last-chance saloon as far as their play-off hopes are concerned. Many might be surprised to see Vucetich still at the Estadio Akron having now failed to secure a win in five games and with his side sat 15th in the Clausura.
Even one more wobble could spell the end of the manager’s tenure in Zapopan, while Tijuana already pulled the trigger to dismiss manager Pablo Guede on Monday. Under-20 coach Ildefonso Mendoza stepped up to the senior role as interim successor, hoping to leave a positive imprint in their three remaining games:
Tijuana were 2-0 up inside 22 minutes when they faced Mazatlan in Week 14, which ended up being Guede’s last game after his side went on to concede three without reply:
These two teams produced a goalless draw when they met during the Apertura back in October, the first time in their history that they had failed to score a goal between them. That being said, tight results between the pair have become more commonplace, with each of their last three encounters settled by a single goal or fewer.
Chivas were 2-0 victors at home to Tijuana the last time more than a sole goal was scored in this fixture in January 2019, when Isaac Brizuela scored to settle his side’s nerves late on:
Guadalajara will be mortified to have recorded a joint-Liga MX low of only two wins from their 13 games so far this season, while Tijuana can at least brag they’ve doubled that figure. It’s frustrating for Vucetich that Chivas have also lost only four times—as few as Santos Laguna in fifth—but their league high count of seven draws is a symbol of the points they’ve allowed to slip by.
Tijuana will be viewed as an enemy who can’t be allowed to pass through Zapopan without punishment if the hosts are to have any future in the Liguilla. Los Xolos have proved something of a bogey team and are unbeaten in 16 of their 21 meetings overall, but desperate times call for a more cutthroat response from Chivas.