Guadalajara vs Cibao
Competition: CONCACAF Champions League
Date: 1 March 2018
Kick-off: 02:00 CET
How ironic… A week ago, in the Dominican Republic, Guadalajara missed… innumerable huge chances to score that second goal they were after, so as to return to Mexico having practically qualified for the quarterfinals. Then, in the third minute of added time, after having missed and missed and missed, they finally got rewarded. I repeat, in the third minute of added time… The Mexicans were the bosses on the pitch, in a game they could have won… 5-0, or 6-0, and that’s without even making all their chances good. Despite their impressive performance last week, Guadalajara are actually going through an awful period in Mexico’s championship. Believe it or not, they are 17th(!) among 18 teams, having won just one of their nine matches thus far this season. Last weekend they were given two penalties at Pumas UNAM. They made the first, in the 69th minute, equalising 1-1. The second one in the dying minutes of the match was non-existent, and… call it divine justice or anything else you want, they missed it, and had to settle for that 1-1.
Cibao players were definitely enthusiastic last week at home, they were playing in front of thousands of fans (unusual for them), they didn’t miss an opportunity to visit Guadalajara’s box, but they didn’t really create a clear-clear chance to score, and, if they want to be honest with themselves, they must know they were lucky to “escape” with a 2-0 defeat, no matter if they conceded the second goal deep into added time. They could have easily conceded many more goals, and having gotten humiliated by Chivas. Cibao are not going to qualify, most probably they will lose again, and most-most probably they will lose big, but they have already won something, the sympathy of many Dominicans who live abroad, and were surprised to see a team from their country look good against such a big rival as Guadalajara. Social media are not the most reliable source of information, but there is no denying that “Cibao” have been talked about a lot these last days by Dominicans who live abroad and took to social media to express their pride in the team.
Previous five matches:
Pumas UNAM vs Guadalajara 1-1
Cibao vs Guadalajara 0-2
Guadalajara vs Pachuca 1-1
Querétaro vs Guadalajara 2-2
Guadalajara vs Santos Laguna 0-2
Cibao vs Guadalajara 0-2
Cibao vs Atlántico 0-0
Atlántico vs Cibao 0-0
Cibao vs Atlántico 3-1
Barcelona Atlético vs Cibao 0-0
Guadalajara’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus América (Mexico championship). Cibao don’t have a next game scheduled yet.
Guadalajara vs Cibao: Head to head Stats
Last week’s game was the first ever between these two.
Guadalajara vs Cibao: Prediction
Matías Almeyda, Guadalajara’s coach, knows there is a huge game coming up against Club América in Mexico’s championship, and the last thing he needs right now is to have key players get injured. He is expected to rest several regulars, but even so, Chivas shouldn’t just win, but win comfortably.
Guadalajara vs Cibao: Betting Tips
Guadalajara’s win pays less than 1.05! “Over 2.5 goals” is at 1.16! To hope for something decent, I would risk with “over 4.5 goals”, at 2.00 betting odds, counting on Chivas’ reserves and Cibao to produce an entertaining game with many goals.
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