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Chivas Guadalajara vs. Santos Laguna prediction, odds: 2022 Mexican Liga MX expert picks, bets for July 16

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Chivas Guadalajara vs. Santos Laguna prediction, odds: 2022 Mexican Liga MX expert picks, bets for July 16

Chivas wants a win, but first it needs to score a goal, and now it faces on the road on Saturday in a Mexican Liga MX match. Chivas did manage to get one point from its first two matches of Torneo Apertura, playing to a 0-0 draw with Juarez in its opener. Then it lost 1-0 to last Saturday, so the defense has been strong, but the team needs some answers in attack. Santos had no such trouble in its opener, when it won a thrilling 4-3 match with , but then its offense also disappeared in a 1-0 loss to on July 8. These teams met in a friendly match just before the season, a game Chivas won 3-1, and Guadalajara went 1-1-0 in last season's league meetings. The most recent league game was a 1-0 Chivas home victory in March.

Kickoff is set for 8:05 p.m. ET at Estadio Nuevo Corona in Torreon, Mexico. Caesars Sportsbook lists Santos as the +135 favorite (risk $100 to win $135) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Santos Laguna vs. Guadalajara odds. Chivas is a +205 underdog, a regulation draw is priced +215 and the over-under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before locking in any Santos Laguna vs. Chivas Guadalajara picks, you need to see the Liga MX predictions from soccer insider Jon 'Buckets' Eimer.

Eimer is a high-volume bettor who has vast knowledge of leagues and players across the globe. Since joining SportsLine, Eimer has covered the English Premier League, Serie A, the FA Cup and much more. The Indiana-based handicapper is 5-1-1 on Liga MX picks this season. That is part of a big-time heater on soccer picks overall, as he is 78-56-1 in his last 135 selections, for a profit of almost $1,700 for $100 bettors.'

Now, Eimer has broken down the Santos Laguna vs. Guadalajara matchup from every angle and just locked in his picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Guadalajara vs. Santos Laguna:

  • Chivas vs. Santos spread: Santos Laguna -0.5 (+110)
  • Chivas vs. Santos over-under: 2.5 goals
  • Chivas vs. Santos money line: Guadalajara +205, Santos +135, Draw +215
  • Chivas: It has scored more than once three times in its past 14 matches.
  • Santos: It has posted two or more goals six times in its past 14 games.
  • Chivas vs. Santos picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why you should back Chivas Guadalajara

Guadalajara hasn't failed to score for lack of chances. It has 33 shots in the first two games, tied for sixth-most in the league, with nine on goal. Santos has struggled to protect its net, yielding 34 shots and 15 of those on target. That's a 44.1-percent rate, second-worst in the league. On the flip side, Chivas has allowed just 15 shots and two on net (13.3 percent, best in Liga MX). It also should control the tempo, as it holds 56 percent possession compared to 47 for Santos.

Chivas held the ball for 60 percent of the last league meeting and outshot Santos 14-8. It has been strong defensively, allowing 13 goals in last season's Apertura (third-fewest in the league) and 21 in the Clausura (eighth-fewest), while Santos allowed 41 overall. Chivas has the talent to score goals, led by Alexis Vega (five goals, five assists in 2021-22) and (three goals, four assists). Angel Zaldivar led the team with seven goals, five coming on penalty kicks.

Why you should back Santos Laguna

The home team is 6-2-0 in the past eight matches in all competitions, and Chivas is clearly having serious trouble in its attack. Guadalajara scored 25 goals in Torneo Clausura last season but tallied just 13 in 17 matches in the Apertura. Santos scored 48 total over the two campaigns. Los Guerreros also were second in Liga MX in shots (506) and third in attempts on net (162). Gorriaran, who scored six goals last year, was among the team's top returners.

The loss of , who returned home to on loan, will be felt, but , who has six goals in 14 games, can pick up the slack. Eduardo Aguirre (four goals) and Leonardo Suarez (two goals, three assists in 13 matches) join Preciado and Gorriaran in what can be a potent attack. Preciado and Gorriaran both scored against Monterrey. Carlos Acevedo leads Liga MX with 11 saves, and the defense should focus on protecting him more.' ' ' ''

How to make Guadalajara vs. Santos Laguna picks

Eimer has analyzed Saturday's Chivas vs. Santos match from every angle. He is going under on the goal total and has provided a confident best bet on the winner, along with a full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing those picks here.

So who wins Santos vs. Chivas in Saturday's Mexican Liga MX matchup? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the Chivas Guadalajara vs. Santos Laguna match, all from the soccer expert who is on a 78-56-1 heater.

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