Avai – Vasco: Preview & Prediction
The worst attack of the Brasileirão in its 2017 edition will be facing one of the most leaked defenses of the competition on Wednesday, October 11. With the threat of relegation hovering on both sides, Avai and Vasco will face each other at the Ressacada stadium in Florianopolis. The game, which is part of the twenty-seventh round of the Brazilian Championship, is scheduled to start at 21:45 (Brasília time).
Avaí’s recent performance
With the game based on counterattacks, Avaí even managed to dribble the many difficulties it has to create chances and put the ball in the opponents’ netting a series of seven matches without defeat. It was three wins and four draws that took the team from Santa Catarina to the relegation zone.
However, when he could signal that he has the capacity to take a step forward, he showed the old problems. In the twenty-sixth round, playing at home against Atlético-GO, prior team of the Brasileirão, could not impose itself. Again his attackers passed in white and Avaí was defeated by 2 to 0 by the Dragon.
Parked in the 30 points (seven wins, nine draws and ten losses), he fell to the eighteenth position returning to the sticking region. Faced with a direct rival in this fight, again will have to deal with the ‘ghost’ of the bad aim, which has caused serious damage especially when the team plays in Floripa.
Of the 13 games that Avaí did as principal, the team won only three times. Thus, with 16 points, appears in a modest seventeenth position when only the home games of the 20 teams of the First Division of the Brasileirão are considered.
There is not much discussion about the big reason for this poor performance. The team scored just seven goals in those games. Atletico-GO, lantern of Brasileirão, which has the second worst home attack, scored almost twice as many goals. There were 13 goals in the same number of games.
The almost ten days free of commitments for training ended up being compromised by the bad weather in Florianópolis. Due to the heavy rains, coach Claudinei Oliveira had to transfer some training to the synthetic lawn and also to preserve players to avoid suffering bruises. It worked. Only the midfielder Luan, who was already in the medical department, is still unfit for the duel on Wednesday.
The fans of Avaí who have a look at the classification of the Brazilian Championship may even be encouraged by the goals scored by Vasco. Shot 37 times, his defense is one of the worst in the competition.
However, a closer look will allow us to realize that this deficiency has been fixed since coach Zé Ricardo took command of the club. In the four matches under his direction, the team suffered only three goals.
As the attack has not worked as expected, although it shows numbers much higher than those of Avaí with 26 goals scored, Vasco is only three points above the relegation zone. He has 33 points (nine wins, six draws and 11 losses) against 30 of Sport, seventeenth place, the first in the sticking region.
One of the Basque hopes is the return of forward Luis Fabiano. He has had surgery on his right knee and has been away from the lawns for more than a month. This week, he returned to train with his teammates. However, the possibility that he will be released for Wednesday’s game is small. You need to improve your fitness.
Another doubt, but with greater chances of receiving the green light of the department, is the Uruguayan goalkeeper Martin Silva. He was out of a series of training due to low back pain. Still need to go through a new evaluation of the doctors, but the expectation is that it enters the field against Avaí.
Vasco has a wide advantage in the duels against Avaí by the First Division of the Brasileirão. First performed in 1974, the game had eight editions. The Vascaínos won five, there were two draws and only one success of Santa Catarina. In the first round of the 2017 season, alvinegro won by 1-0.
If he has not taken many goals since Zé Ricardo took command, Vasco also has difficulties putting the ball in the net of rivals. He has achieved this only three times in the last four games. As Avaí have the same problem, the draw is a good option for the match in Florianópolis. It has a price of 3,10 in Bet365. Successful principal paid 2.50 and visitor yields 2.90 per invested real.
Avai – Vasco: Betting Tips
Avai – Win Odds: 2.50
Both teams to score / NO – Odds: 2.00
Under 2.5 Goals – Odds: 2.10