Gremio – Cruzeiro: Preview & Prediction
Against a Cruzeiro in crisis out of the four lines, Grêmio tries to keep on Wednesday, October 11, its chances of disputing the title of the Brazilian Championship in its edition 2017. At the Arena Grêmio, in Porto Alegre, the match, which makes part of the schedule of the twenty-seventh round of the Brasileirão, has kick-off scheduled for 21:45 (Brasília time).
Second placed at the end of the first round, coach Renato Gaucho predicted that Corinthians would fall in the Brasileirão. That really happened. In the early rounds of the second round, Timão suffered defeats for teams in the relegation zone and saw their use drop significantly.
This allowed Grêmio a reaction in the fight for the first place. However, the performance decrease of the gaucho tricolor was even greater than that of the São Paulo alvinegro. With 46 points (14 wins, four draws and eight losses), the gauchos saw the difference between them rising to nine points. To make matters worse, they still lost second place to Santos, who had 47 points.
The situation only did not promote a bigger reaction of the cheer by being the gremistas focused in the dispute of the Glass Liberators of America. The Gaucho team will have Barcelona from Ecuador in the semifinals.
For the duels, you can count on the debut of two reinforcements contracted in this final end of season. The flier Christian, ex-Corinthians, and midfielder Cicero, ex-São Paulo. The former made its debut at the Brasileirão in a 1-0 victory against Fluminense in the 26th round. The second will be scheduled this Wednesday.
The hope is that they will compensate for two major casualties. Midfielder Luan, who recovers from muscle contusion, did not get the improvement that was expected. So you should stay out of combat for at least another ten days. Another recovery below expectations was midfielder Douglas. After undergoing surgery and staying away for six months, the athlete must undergo a new operation and will not play again in the 2017 season.
The good news from the medical department was on account of the midfielder and right-back Ramiro. Recovered from injury, he returned to training normally with his teammates. Also was released the defender Kannemann.
Inside the field, Cruzeiro has no problems. After conquering the Brazilian Cup, he also managed to advance in the Brasileirão. By defeating Ponte Preta, 2-1, at Mineirão on Saturday, October 7, in a game that was anticipated from the twenty-eighth round, he reached the fourth place in the tournament. He accumulates 44 points (12 wins, eight draws and seven losses).
The scenario, however, is not the same outside the four lines. After the elections, although the situation had expired, changes were announced in the command of soccer. This accelerated the departure of important names, among them the former player Tinga, who made the connection between the cast and the top. Who can also leave the club is coach Mano Menezes, who would have an offer to command Palmeiras next year.
The situation of uncertainty is also reflected in the composition of the cast. The Hudson midfielder, for example, who has a good season and was decisive in the Brazil Cup, has a link with São Paulo and there have still been no moves to try to stay in the club.
There were 46 matches involving Grêmio and Cruzeiro throughout the Brazilian Championship. The cruzeirenses won 20 times. The winners won 14. The draws were 12, including the 3 to 3 of the first round of the 2017 season, which is considered by many the best game so far of the Brasileirão.
Naturally the extra-field undefinition will have consequences for Cruzeiro’s performance, although it is difficult to accurately measure the cost of this instability. In addition, it may add to the club’s lack of goals in this final stretch as the title challenge is out of the question and there are no more goals to be drawn after the Brazil Cup title. Without the definition of the renovation of Mano Menezes, what could be an anticipated pre-season loses its meaning.
The Gremio also give clear signals that they have no interest in this final stretch of Brasileirão, especially due to the large number of injuries suffered. All the attention is focused on the Libertadores dispute. That makes the draw a good guessing option for Wednesday’s duel. Equity is priced at 3.20 on Bet365. Victory of the owners of the house pays 2.00 and of the visitors yields 4.00 per invested real.
Gremio – Cruzeiro: Betting Tips
Draw – Odds: 3.10
Both teams to score / NO – Odds: 2.00
Under 2.5 Goals – Odds: 2.10