Ponte Preta – Santos: Preview & Prediction
The second worst host and the second worst visitor to the Brazilian Championship in its 2017 edition will be face to face on Wednesday, October 11. Atlético-MG and São Paulo will have their paths crossed in a duel that is part of the schedule of the twenty-seventh round of the Brasileirão. In the Independência stadium, in Belo Horizonte, the game begins scheduled to 21:45 (Brasília time).
Atlético-MG’s recent performance
Unlike the rival, who had ten days off for training due to the stoppage to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Atletico MG entered the field during the call “Data Fifa” to decide the title of the second edition of the First League. Failed. After a goalless draw against Londrina, in Paraná, lost the glass in the dispute by penalties.
This meant that the optimism generated by the victory against Atlético-PR, 2-0, in Curitiba, in the twenty-sixth round of the Brasileirão, was contained. The points earned in the debut of coach Oswaldo de Oliveira in charge of the team led the Galo to the ninth place of the Brasileirão with 34 points (nine wins, seven draws and ten losses).
The success at the Arena da Baixada made the fans again dream of winning a place in the 2018 Libertadores. To do so, alvinegro has to be among the top seven. Before the ball rolled on Matchday 27, the difference for Flamengo, seventh placed, was five points.
The fall in Londrina reinforced the line of thinking of the most realistic fans, whose main concern is to escape relegation. The distance from the Rooster to the Sport, first in the sticking region, is four points.
To face Sao Paulo, who is a direct rival in this battle, Oliveira will need to wait for the position of the medical department in relation to three players who are recovering from injury. They are in the infirmary the sides Marcos Rocha and Alex Silva and the half Luan. Defender Leonardo Silva, with muscular contusion, has already had his participation banned.
Make sure also the steering wheel Elias. Suspended by the accumulation of yellow cards, he will only be able to play again in the classic duel against Sport that is scheduled for next Sunday. Yago enters his place.
The current form of São Paulo
After experiencing long periods of pressure for having spent 12 rounds in the relegation zone, Sao Paulo managed a bit of peace in preparation for the game with the Rooster by defeating Sport at home by 1 to 0 in the twenty-sixth round . As a result, he moved up to 14th with 31 points (eight wins, seven draws and 11 losses).
Only the victory in Belo Horizonte guarantees, independently of the other results of the round, the permanence of São Paulo outside the sticking region. To avoid this setback, coach Dorival Júnior stepped up the completion training.
The game at the home of Atletico MG is considered especially important due to poor performance as a visitor to São Paulo in the Brasileirão. There were only eight points (two wins, two draws and nine losses) added to 39 disputed. The Tricolor had partially compensated these numbers with the homemade score. However, in this final stretch of tournament, he will not be able to play in Morumbi. With its stadium rented for musical shows, you will have to play in Pacaembu.
History of the bouts between Atlético-MG and São Paulo
Having already been finalists when the Brasileirão was played with qualifying stages followed by matches, Atlético-MG and São Paulo developed a great rivalry. Within the field, this was reflected in great balance in the confrontations. There were 55 since 1971 with 20 Sao-Pauline victories and 19 atleticanas. The draws were 16. In the first round of the current season, the Rooster won 2-1 at Morumbi.
The odds for Atlético-MG vs São Paulo
In a confrontation where no one can lose, conservatism must prevail with the teams running the least possible risk. That makes room for the guess in the draw, which is priced at 3.40 on Bet365.
Ponte Preta – Santos: Betting Tips
Santos – Win Odds: 2.55
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 2.00
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 2.10