If you were to ask a fan what the biggest rivalry is in all of Mexican football, they would simply respond El Super Clasico, or “The Super Classic,” which consists of the two most successful Mexican football organizations in the history of the sport, America and Chivas. On Sunday, April 26, at Estadio Omnilife in Guadalajara, Jalisco, they add another chapter to their historic rivalry. Chivas tickets for this game start at $276, illustrating the demand this game has in league play.
With a combined 23 titles between them, America and Chivas, also widely known as Guadalajara, are far and above any other Mexican football team in the country’s top league, Liga MX. In fact, they’re also the only two franchises that have been in Liga MX for all 89 years the league has been in existence. The two clubs have met a total of 217 times throughout their rich history, and remarkably, the win-loss results are almost exactly similar; America has prevailed 78 times, while Chivas has 71 wins in the rivalry, with the rest of the matchups, of course, resulting in draws. The goal differential in those 217 games is astoundingly similar as well, with America’s 280 goals barely trumping Guadalajara’s 276. It’s just another reason why this legendary rivalry is so highly regarded, not just in Mexico, but through various parts of the world a well.
In fact, taking a look at the distribution of tickets for this crucial contest, 21.6% of sales are actually coming from the United States, mainly from California and Texas. The majority 78.4% of sales have come from Mexico, according to international ticket reseller Ticketbis.
Entering Sunday’s showdown, Chivas is at the top of the table, carrying a 7-4-3 record, which is good for a leading 25 points. They’ve also given up the fewest goals of all 18 teams in the league, surrendering just 10 in 14 games. Meanwhile, their nemesis, America, is currently ranked sixth in the league, being 6-4-4 to collect 22 points, so this upcoming affair potentially could have major ramifications as far as first place is concerned.
America is coming off a year in which they won the Apertura 2014 title. Chivas, on the other hand, hasn’t won it all since Apertura 2006. Regardless of the two team’s current journeys, whenever they meet, it’s always a compelling affair that manages to grab everyone’s attention. The same undoubtedly will happen this Sunday.