Apertura 2016 Quarterfinals Preview: Sunday’s Games

liga mxChivas de Guadalajara (4) vs América (5) – 7:06 PM – Univision Deportes
First leg: América 1-1 Chivas
Thursday night’s result gives Chivas the slight advantage, as they have an away goal, but the draw still leaves everything to play for as this game will be winner-takes-all. Chivas can also advance with a 0-0 or 1-1 draw, while a 2-2 draw or higher would send América on to the semifinals.

Chivas is unbeaten in two at home, but overall they had rather mixed results in the Estadio Chivas this season, with a 4-3-2 record. Chivas also has the fewest goals scored of any of the playoff teams, and even at home they’re averaging just 1.3 goals per game. They do have a very good defensive record, though, and they will move on if they can keep América from scoring.

As for América, the Águilas are actually unbeaten on the road this season. They have just two wins on their travels compared to six draws, but so long as they can score at least twice, a draw would be enough for them – and they’re averaging 2.1 goals per game on the road. There’s not only a spot in the semifinals on the line but serious bragging rights, as neither team wants to lose face by being eliminated by their Superclásico rival.

Pachuca (2) vs Necaxa (7) – 9:06 PM – NBC Universo
First leg: Necaxa 2-1 Pachuca
Thursday’s result gives Necaxa the advantage, as they need just a draw to advance while Pachuca must win to move on. However, the Tuzos’ away goal means just a 1-0 win would do it, although if the Rayos score two or more Pachuca will need to win by two.

Necaxa is winless on the road in their last two and has just one win in their last five. However, they also have only one loss in that span, and all they need in this one is a draw. The Rayos’ road matches have all been close; only one game ended with a difference of more than one goal. A close game is exactly what Necaxa wants here and they will look for an away goal and a shutout in this one.

As for Pachuca, the Tuzos are unbeaten at home this season – unbeaten at home in league play for more than a calendar year, in fact – and they have the best goalscoring record in the league. Pachuca has been particularly lethal at home this season, where they have been averaging 2.6 goals per game. That’s good news for the Tuzos, considering they need to score to advance in this series.


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