Atlético-MG – Flamengo: Preview & Prediction
Crying his losses, Atlético-MG tries to start this Sunday, August 13, a reaction in the only tournament left to him in this final season finale. For the twentieth round of the Brazilian Championship 2017 edition, the first of the second round, receives Flamengo, still without a coach. Scheduled to start at 4pm (Brasília time), the game takes place at the Independência stadium in Belo Horizonte.
This will be the return of the Rooster to the Independence after having changed the Garden by the Mineirão. The change of air did not bring the expected results. In the Brasileirão, the alvinegro was beaten by Corinthians, by 2 to 0. However, the biggest trauma happened with the tie. Going 0-0 with Jorge Wilstermann on Wednesday, August 9, the club was eliminated from the Copa Libertadores of America, which was their biggest goal of the season.
With nothing better to do, now you have to dedicate yourself to the Brasileirão. The board has set as a goal the conquest of a place in the 2018 edition of the Libertadores. For this you need to complete the dispute between the top six placed. Atlético-MG started the twentieth round in fifteenth place with 23 points (six wins, five draws and eight losses).
Although the speech compels to look up, the fact is that the Rooster is closer to the relegation zone than to the G6. It opened the final day with four points of advantage in comparison with São Paulo, the first in the fall region. The difference for Sport, the last in the block of the Libertadores, is five.
However, Atlético-MG’s problems go far beyond having an optimistic or pessimistic view of the future. The club arrives in August without a defined game pattern.
Rogério Micale, hired for Roger Machado’s place, will only have time to get his ideas started after the Flamengo game. With the eliminations in Libertadores and the Brazilian Cup, the club will gain a few weeks free to try to improve its performance.
Thus, the team that the coach climbs this Sunday must show what he wants for the future. Without reasons to spare athletes, what happened in the previous rounds of the Brasileirão, should put in field the team that considers the best. Although nobody knows exactly what it is.
Robinho, for example, who owns one of the club’s highest salaries, has often been placed on the bench. This also happened in the decisive match against Jorge Wilstermann. Striker Fred, who was a starter against the Bolivians, has also been presenting physical problems. Thus, it is not known that they will be used against red-black.
Instability is also the key word in Flamengo. After losing to Vitória, 2-0 at home, in the previous round of the Brasileirão, the board decided to dismiss the coach Zé Ricardo. He received a no from Roger Machado, the first one on the list to replace him. He closed with Colombian Reinaldo Rueda, but the former Atlético Nacional coach will need a few more days to take over.
Thus, it will be up to the auxiliary-technical Jayme de Almeida to command once again the team. He also had that mission on Wednesday, when the Rubro-negro thrashed the Palestino, from Chile, 5-0, and confirmed his qualification for the Round of 16 of the South American Cup. You will face Chapecoense in the next stage.
But at the moment, the black-red priority is another. The team will face next Wednesday, August 16, Botafogo in opening the duel with a vacancy in the decision of the Brazilian Cup. This can cause some players to be preserved from the confrontation in Minas Gerais.
Three casualties are certain, but for another reason. Suspended, the Diego and Everton socks can not be climbed. By injury, striker Paolo Guerrero will be another embezzlement. However, the presence of athletes who were not registered in the Brazil Cup is certain. In this group are goalkeeper Diego Alves and midfielder Geuvânio.
Keep an eye on the whistle
It will be the experienced Elmo Alves Resende da Cunha, linked to the Goiás Federation, the whistle on Sunday’s game in Belo Horizonte. He has 103 Serie A appearances with 46.6% of constituents ‘victories, $ 23.3 draws and 30.1% of visitors’ successes. It presents, on average, five yellow cards (44.2% constituents x 55.8% visitors) by confrontation and expels one player (35.1% x 64.9%) every three meetings. It has an index of 32 absences (48.4% x 51.6%) per game.
Atlético-MG – Flamengo: Betting Tips
Atletico-MG win – Odds: 2.40
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 2.00