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What To Watch For: Club América vs Chivas

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ZAPOPAN, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 27: Edwin Hernandez of Chivas fights for the ball with Darwin Quintero of America during the quarter finals second leg match between Chivas and America as part of the Torneo Apertura 2016 Liga MX at Chivas Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Zapopan, Mexico. (Photo by Refugio Ruiz/LatinContent/Getty Images)

If you’re a lifelong or relatively new fan of Liga MX, you know there’s one game that is a must watch; Club América vs Chivas. It is called El Súper Clásico of Mexico which features two of the biggest teams in the league’s history. As we get closer to Saturday, the storylines continue to grow for this clásico.

Here are some things to watch for…

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Edson Álvarez injury, Lainez with U17

Things are getting dicey for Club América heading into their biggest rivalry of the season. Star center-back/defensive midfielder Edson Álvarez was carted off against Tijuana in the first half. Although his injury is not as serious as once was thought, he will most likely miss the clash with Chivas, which does América no favors.

Another name missing from América’s roster is Diego Lainez. The 17-year-old is with the U17 roster as they prepare for the World Cup in October. Although the loss of Álvarez impacts América more, Lainez is definitely a spark Piojo Herrera could’ve used as a sub.

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Is Chivas turning a corner?

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The current reigning champions of the league did not start the new season off well, at all. However, they picked up their first win two weeks ago in a 3-1 defeat of Pachuca. Last week, Chivas earned a draw against Pumas, 1-1. These are two decent results as the season is starting to take form.

A result on the road against their biggest rivals may be the boost Almeyda and Chivas need to hit their stride. However, the four points in two weeks might have been a false positive, and the team may still have their glaring problems once they take the field against América.

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Will Domínguez step up?

The forward from Paraguay kicked off his season with his new club very well, however, he has yet to score in six games with Club América. His diminishing form is starting to make fans worry, but that can all change with a big performance against Chivas.

With Lainez out, there is little threat to his minutes, which means this is his chance to take control of the left wing. If he doesn’t, it will not be surprising to see him fighting for minutes when Lainez returns from the U17 World Cup.

Club América and Chivas faceoff on Saturday, September 23 at 10:00 PM Eastern time.

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