Fresh from surprising the Liga MX community by signing America striker Oribe Peralta, the Chivas now know their Apertura fixture list.
Amidst the excitement of the Gold Cup group stage, you could be forgiven for forgetting about the Clausura just passed (a forgettable season for Chivas fans, to be sure), or the Apertura due to kick off in mid-July.
Well for those who had forgotten, or even if you hadn’t, there was a real treat for Liga MX fans this weekend as the official Apertura 2019 fixtures were released. The Chivas announced their full fixture list in a tweet and fans were quick to analyze it and discuss them.
For most “Chivistas,” the two most important fixtures of any Liga MX tournament are the Super Clasico vs America and the Clasico Tapatio vs crosstown rivals Atlas.
The Guadalajara derby comes up first, a home game on Saturday Sept. 14. As Alexis Vega scored a memorable hat-trick in last season’s Clasico Tapatio, this looks to be much the easier of the two clasicos. While much has been said of the Chivas’ dismal form over the last calendar year and a half, Atlas has fared little better. Chivas fans will surely be looking at this game as a must win as their club is staring relegation in the face this coming year.
The big one though, El Super Clasico against their biggest rivals Mexico City-based America, takes place on Saturday Sept. 28 at Estadio Azteca. This game will be an exciting watch as Chivas look to bounce back from their poor run of form with a huge win that could be a massive statement. It will be tough though as Club America will be looking to bounce back themselves, aiming to push the Monterrey clubs out of the top spot and win another league title.
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The surprising transfer of America talisman Oribe Peralta, who has done so well against the Chivas in the past, will undoubtedly pour gasoline onto the flames of the fans’ excitement and animosity. The Chivas have also added prodigal sons Oswaldo Alanis (defender) and Jose Antonio Rodriguez (goalkeeper).
Given all the talk about El Tri and the Gold Cup the last few weeks, it is refreshing to think about the upcoming Apertura, pondering what each club can hope for and expect during the new season.
What is your opinion on the Chivas’ fixture list? Any other games you think we should look out for? Let us know your opinion.