Chivas Guadalajara look all but certain to miss automatic qualification to the Liga MX Apertura quarter-finals, but a win at Pumas UNAM in Week 16 could keep alive the little spark they have left for those hopes.
Mexico’s elite enter the penultimate round of regular-season fixtures ahead of the Apertura Liguilla stage, and a home win on Saturday would all but secure a top-four finish for third-place Pumas. Andres Lillini’s side are undefeated in their last four games and haven’t lost to ninth-place Chivas since January 2017, seeking their fourth win in five meetings with the Goats.
Guadalajara’s chances of ramming their way to victory look all the slimmer after it was confirmed forward Jose Juan Macias will be absent from their lineup due to injury:
What TV Channel is Pumas UNAM-Chivas on?
TUDN and ESPN Deportes will broadcast Guadalajara’s visit to Pumas at 8:55 p.m. ET on Saturday. You can live stream Liga MX matches on fuboTV.
A 2-0 defeat at home to Cruz Azul in Week 15 has left Chivas’s fleeting top-four hopes in tatters. It’s still mathematically possible for Victor Manuel Vucetich to pull off the unthinkable, but they would need to win their two remaining games while Pumas, America, Tigres and Monterrey essentially don’t gain another point.
With that looking close to impossible, a place in the repechage looks like Chivas’ best route to ending their 14-year wait for an Apertura title, though Vucetich has won the competition more recently (Monterrey in 2009-10).
Pumas and leaders Leon are the only teams with a sole defeat on their record approaching the end of the Apertura, though Lillini may also harbor some concerns with their struggles to win of late.
Three of their last four results have ended in draws, most recently surrendering a 1-0 lead to share the spoils at Pachuca, where Juan Vigon scored for the second time in three games, via TUDN:
How to Watch Pumas UNAM vs. Chivas
When: Saturday, October 31
Where: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City, Mexico
Time: 8:55 p.m. ET
TV: TUDN, ESPN Deportes
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
The head-to-head between these two teams was once a lot more balanced, but 2004 Apertura champions Pumas have come to take a firm upper hand in recent years. Paraguayan Carlos Gonzalez has scored in each of their last two meetings (one win, one draw) though it may worry Pumas as he’s now failed to score in each of their last six games. This is his joint-longest Apertura drought since joining the club in 2018.
Chivas can feel some comfort knowing their place in the playoffs is at least guaranteed, but the former kingpins will be desperate to climb from ninth in order to at least seal the highest seeding possible.