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It’s the Mexican Super Clasico this Sunday, and, as is always the case when Chivas and Club America face one another, the anticipation begins to build long before anyone even steps foot in the stadium.

For the unaware, Chivas and Club America are Mexico’s most popular and successful teams, boasting 25 league titles between them – Chivas 12, America 13 – but couldn’t have more contrasting backgrounds. It’s a classic case of rich versus poor. Mexico City-based Club America are the rich, with wealthy owners splashing the cash on players, while Chivas, without such backing, rely more on the products of their youth academy.

It’s no surprise then that things can get pretty heated on and off the pitch, but all that needle translates into one of the best atmospheres of any match in world football, as we found out when we visited Chivas’s Estadio Akron last year. The stadium itself is unique. You walk into the ground by walking into the ground – literally. It’s an experience, no doubt, and the effect is to create a volcanic cauldron of noise, ready to erupt as soon as the first inevitable “full-blooded” challenge goes in.

This year’s Mexican season is still in its early stages, of course: after 10 games played, Club America travel to Guadalajara only a single point ahead of their great rivals, so Chivas will be looking to make home advantage count and leapfrog them in the table. America, though, will be in high spirits: Sunday’s game is the second Super Clasico in the space of four days, after Las Aguilas dumped Chivas out of the Copa MX on Thursday.

Drama’s guaranteed in a Super Clasico – this is the fixture that saw a manager step onto the pitch to tackle an opposition player, don’t forget – the only question is, what’ll happen this time?

Chivas versus Club America kicks off at 1:00am GMT on Sunday 17 March.

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