Saturday’s pressure-packed Liga MX match between giants Tigres UANL and Chivas de Guadalajara will carry significant playoff implications in the battle to get into the liguilla as only one regular-season match remains after this weekend.
Tigres (22 points) sit in fourth place in the Liga MX Apertura standings; the top four finishers earn a direct ticket to the liguilla quarterfinals. Head coach Miguel Herrera wants to see his team win out to clinch one of those top four spots, but they’ve been held to draws in four of their last five home games.
Chivas have only three fewer points than Tigres (19 points) but they’re all the way down in 13th place, just one spot outside the playoff zone. Teams that finish fifth through 12th in the regular-season standings qualify to play a single-elimination play-in match — also known as the repechaje — for a berth in the liguilla quarterfinals.
MORE: Updated Liga MX standings heading into Saturday
It’s a tall task for Chivas to come away with a win: They haven’t won a match in El Volcan in 10 years and Tigres are one of two teams undefeated at home during the Apertura season (2-0-5). Any Chivas hopes of getting a result will have to start with an airtight defense that keeps Tigres star forward Andre-Pierre Gignac off the board. If the likes of Necaxa and Pumas UNAM earned 0-0 draws on the road against Tigres in recent weeks, Chivas will feel like they have a chance, especially given their penchant for playing low-scoring matches.
Sporting News will follow the match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Tigres UANL vs. Chivas live score
Tigres UANL vs. Chivas live updates, highlights
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9:34 p.m.: If you’re Chivas, has head coach Marcelo Michel Leano done enough to stick around? Or do they try to hire Nacho Ambriz?
9:30 p.m.: The last time that Chivas beat a Miguel Herrera side was 2012:
9:29 p.m.: It would’ve been football legend Diego Armando Maradona’s 61st birthday and Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman, who’s Argentina, commemorates the occasion.
8:53 p.m.: Tigres fans are dressing up for Halloween a day early.
Tigres UANL vs. Chivas lineups
Tigres manager Miguel Herrera confirmed that the team will be without the injured Diego Reyes and Florian Thauvin for the match.
Tigres UANL starting lineup (5-3-2, left to right): 1-Nahuel Guzman-GK — 20-Javier Aquino, 3-Carlos Salcedo, 19-Guido Pizarro, 4-Hugo Ayala, 28-Luis ‘Chaka’ Rodriguez — 23-Luis Quinones, 5-Rafael Carioca, 6-Juan Vigon — 10-Andre-Pierre Gignac, 11-Nicolas Lopez
Chivas head coach Marcelo Michel Leano won’t be able to count on Mexican international Alexis Vega, who’s still on the mend after picking up an injury with the national team in October. Luis Olivas will also not be traveling as he continues to recover, while Antonio Rodriguez is unavailable due to a recent operation.
Chivas starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-Raul Gudino-GK — 33-Carlos Cisneros, 14-Antonio Briseno, 3-Gilberto Sepulveda, 2-Manuel Mayorga — 30-Sergio Flores, 5-Jesus Molina (c) — 19-Jesus Angulo, 29-Alan Torres, 11-Isaac Brizuela — 6-Cesar Huerta
Chivas subs (10): 23-Miguel Jimenez-GK, 17-Jesus Sanchez, 21-Hiram Mier, 16-Miguel Ponce, 20-Fernando Beltran, 26-Cristian Calderon, 7-Uriel Antuna, 18-Ronaldo Cisneros, 9-Angel Zaldivar, 24-Oribe Peralta
How to watch Tigres UANL vs. Chivas
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 30
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- TV Channels: Univision, TUDN
- Streaming: fuboTV