Previous
Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur
4:15 PM UTC
Game Details
West Bromwich Albion
Liverpool
0
1
LIVE 37'
Game Details
Watford
Crystal Palace
2:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Sevilla FC
Barcelona
7:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Celta Vigo
Valencia
2:15 PM UTC
Game Details
Hannover 96
Bayern Munich
1:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Borussia Dortmund
Bayer Leverkusen
4:30 PM UTC
Game Details
AC Milan
Benevento
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
SPAL
AS Roma
1:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Bolton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers
2:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Cardiff City
Nottingham Forest
6:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Montreal Impact
LAFC
5:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Houston Dynamo
Toronto FC
7:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Orlando City SC
San Jose Earthquakes
11:30 PM UTC
Game Details
LA Galaxy
Atlanta United FC
2:30 AM UTC Apr 22, 2018
Game Details
Next

Toronto FC vs. Chivas: early predictions

CONCACAF Champions League
Read

W2W4: Can Chivas keep form going?

Liga MX W2W4
Read

W2W4: Struggling Monterrey visit Santos

Liga MX W2W4
Read

W2W4: Puebla's big test vs. Monterrey

Liga MX W2W4
Read

W2W4: Pumas need a win vs. Chivas

Liga MX W2W4
Read
 By Tom Marshall

Chivas already facing crucial test

Getting the best out of Angel Reyna will be crucial for Chivas to earn a result, and the attacker has been most dangerous when deployed centrally.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- Has the dark haze that has regularly enveloped Chivas in recent seasons already descended on the club this Apertura? It may seem premature to ask after only one game and one draw of the Apertura 2014, but with the psychological fragility of Chivas as a whole, it seems fair.

Already owner Jorge Vergara has rather unhelpfully chimed in and criticized Sunday's 1-1 home draw against Chiapas, saying he didn't enjoy the way his team started. That only increases the pressure and worry.

The question of relegation is not going anywhere soon, either, and Sunday's game in Mexico City against Pumas is a key test of what this Chivas outfit -- bolstered by seven new signings in the off-season -- ismade of. Last weekend, the players looked nervous and frightened of making mistakes.

A victory over Pumas would be a welcome psychological boost, but the altitude of Ciudad Universitaria and the heat of the midday kickoff means it is one of the most unforgiving away fixtures in the Liga MX calendar. Sunday's match will be physically demanding against a Pumas side that impressed in their 3-1 victory at Queretaro last weekend and will be keen to kick one of their "big four" rivals while they're down.

Chivas' central defensive partnership of Jair Pereira and Carlos Salcido must improve from last weekend and, along with holding midfielder Israel Castro, help keep Pumas playmaker Daniel Luduena quiet. Chivas coach Carlos Bustos, meanwhile, needs to decide what formation makes best use of the one real source of creation in the team: Angel Reyna.

- Liga MX Power Rankings: Apertura Week 1
- Herrero resigns as Chivas president

The mercurial 29-year-old was Chivas' best player last weekend and was more involved after he was moved from the right into the center behind Aldo de Nigris. But playing Reyna in the center raises questions over the role of Fernando Arce, who surely didn't join the club in the offseason to play on the right wing -- besides, it would leave a pair of aging 34-year-olds (including Omar Bravo) manning the flanks.

Bustos must also come into his own on Sunday. It's been almost 10 years since Chivas have won at Ciudad Universitaria, and only four goals have been scored in the past seven games between the two teams. It is likely to be another tight affair, and with Chivas' slowing squad -- the average age of the outfield players last Sunday was 30.8 years -- Guadalajara may well be better starting the game as compact as possible, saving energy and hitting Pumas on the counter when the opportunity arises.

To get a positive result, Bustos and the players will have to tune out not just the relegation struggle, but also the sleuth of comings and goings back in Guadalajara.

Jose Luis "Guero" Real is set to be replaced as the person responsible for overseeing youth development by former Barcelona youth director Albert Benaiges, while sporting president Juan Manuel Herrero resigned on Monday. Further, there are reports that the club will let go of many more staffers shortly, in a major sweeping out of the backroom, especially in the youth departments.

Looking ahead, on Tuesday the Rebano Sagrado host Deportivo Tepic in the Copa MX before flying to New Jersey to face Champions League-winner Bayern Munich on Thursday for a game that seems very unnecessary considering Chivas' current predicament.

Glamor matches fill the coffers and are very nice to watch, but the short-term cure to Chivas' present ills is pretty straightforward: win football matches in the Liga MX.

That has proved to be easier said than done and will be especially difficult this Sunday.

Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.