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Liga MX Update: Chivas on the rise

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The third week of action in Liga MX has come to its conclusion but not before seeing a significant change in the favorites list to win the 2019 Liga MX Clausura. Club América remains the undisputed favorite, but rival Chivas is making a case for why it should be considered a genuine contender to lift the title.

Don’t look now but Chivas Guadalajara has quietly jumped to fourth in the list of favorites after ending Week 3 with a perfect record of three wins in three matches. Jose Saturnino Cardozo’s men have started the season on a tear and passed their biggest test yet by beating Toluca 1-0 over the weekend.

It remains to be seen if this is just a big fluke or if Chivas is the real deal, but they’ve certainly shown enough to grab the attention of the oddsmakers. What perhaps has been most impressive about Chivas is that their schedule hasn’t been all that easy. In addition to beating Toluca, they also a week prior beat Cruz Azul, coincidentally the team they just overtook as fourth favorite to win the Clausura.

Monterrey is now second favorite to win it all

Chivas wasn’t the only major change among the top five. Monterrey has now jumped to second favorite over rival Tigres UANL following its 2-1 victory over Querétaro. Like Chivas, Monterrey remains unbeaten and has managed to show glimpses of potential throughout the course of the first three weeks.

As ever, with the Rayados it is worth repeating over and over again that they have one of the most talented squads in all of Latin America. Their depth is their biggest strength, and when you have players like Argentine international Maximiliano Meza coming off your bench, you know you have a good team.

But perhaps one reason why Monterrey is now behind only Club América in the favorites list is the fact that Tigres UANL hasn’t done so well in its start of the season. Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s men ended the week suffering their first home defeat of the campaign, losing 1-0 to Cruz Azul at the Estadio Universitario.

Obviously, this isn’t anything new, as Tigres is typically a team that starts the season slowly. You’d expect them to bounce back sooner rather than later, although their defeat to Cruz Azul makes it three defeats in their last nine home matches, something that definitely needs to change if Tigres plan on making it further than the quarterfinals this time around.

league has its first firing, while Pumas slips down board

Elsewhere, the 2019 Liga MX Clausura had its first coaching casualty of the season after Pako Ayestaran was relieved of all his duties following Pachuca’s 3-0 defeat to Club América. The firing came as a surprise to many, primarily because Pachuca never actually played as badly as their results showed.

Despite the firing, the oddsmakers are still quite high on Los Tuzos, who remain within the top eight favorites to win the title. To replace Ayestaran, they’ve called on Boca Juniors legend Martin Palermo in what is definitely one of the more interesting hires in recent seasons.

From one coach fired, to one that is under fire. Pumas UNAM’s David Patiño is in the hot seat after a difficult start to his team’s season. So much has been the Universitarios’ drop in their level of play, they are now ninth in the list of favorites to win the 2019 Clausura.

Make no mistake, their drop is completely deserved, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they drop out of the top 10 entirely. After making the semifinals last season, it was only natural they would regress back to being the mid-table team that they were in recent Liga MX seasons.