Brazil Serie A betting tip : Sport Recife- Atletico Goianiense

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Brazil Serie A : Sport Recife- Atletico Goianiense


I previewed Sport Recife's last home game, a visit from Chapecoense seven days ago, where the hosts were coming into the game on a short week, but held most of the other advantages and were suddenly looking much improved and a real offensive force under (relatively) new head coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo, tipping goals..........

Very quick turnaround for Sport who won 3-0 at Coritiba on Monday evening, ahead of which I wrote .............

My notes in Brazil often focus heavily on how strong traditionally home form is (almost always running at 52-56%) and how very gruelling the schedule can be and when we are playing midweek games, the need for the lesser teams to pick their battles and opt for which games to focus on and others where they can perhaps allow focus to slide a little if things do not go their way through the early exchanges.

Today, I feel that we will see a Coritiba side who are unbeaten at home (3-3-0) looking to return to early season form (see notes below) after losing their way in recent starts, including three draws here in Curitiba, which is a long way South, some 3,000km, of Recife. The hosts play three of four on the road after this, including away to a bouyant Avai, who are in tremendous form, on Thursday. Coritiba have draw three straight home games, one was against leaders Corinthians (10-2-0) for the season, so that has to be seen as a good result, in the last they were 2-1 up against Vasco da Gama before conceding in injury time and had played pretty well in that game. Their road form has been about what you would expect, losing some very tough fixtures.

Sport are usually amongst the stronger home teams and for them it will be mostly about the visit from Chapecoense in midweek, they have "overachieved" in recent road starts taking four points from trips to AMG and Santos, but still have just a 14% win rate on the road in the last three years. They have been far more attack minded under Vanderlei Luxemburgo who took charge six weeks ago and that should give Coritiba a little more space than they are used to at home. The hosts can call upon top scorer Kleber, who is awaiting/contesting a suspension and have named an attacking squad for today, their hand might have been forced there as they are a little short handed defensively, with central defender Werley (played every minute this year) and holding duo Alan Santos and Jonas all missing. Coritiba have conceded in 6 of the last 7 home games that Werley has missed, giving up two goals in three and with him out and lacking quality protection in front of the backline, they look vulnerable defensively. Sport have scored eight goals in their last six trips to Curitiba and I favour them to keep that trend going, but to most likely lose, either way, best value for me is the "over". 

Sport won that 3-0 in a game with 20 attempts on goal from inside the penalty area, they are playing a very open style now and it is working, especially on the road, hard to see them suddenly ditching that and this should follow suit in terms of chances and we know that Chapecoense have played in a similarly expansive fashion this campaign, see my notes on their 5-1 loss at Flamengo below. This match is being played at the "other" stadium in Recife, the Itaipava Arena (Homer Simpson has refereed here !) so not technically Sport's home venue, but still some 3,500km from Chapeco. The visitors have played one road game since that trip to Flamengo, a 3-3 draw with Fluminense and it is easy to see goals again tonight, with both teams showing a willingness to attack and take chances.

All three Serie A meetings between these two in Recife have gone "over", with Sport winning each (5-1 last season).


Sport won that 3-0, goals were a long time coming, but Chapeco came with a very physical approach ( 26 fouls, 8 yellow cards....both big numbers) and it took a while for the hosts to assert their authority. They again played on Monday and lost 2-1 at Botafogo, but will at least be on a firm Monday-Thursday playing/training schedule currently and that should help them this evening.

I previewed Atletico Goianiense's home game with Atletico Mineiro last Sunday ...............
Road wins are not easy to come by in Brazil, but Atletico Mineiro are in desperate need of points and this is a very big game for them.
I spoke how their early season had played out and how, not for the first time they struggled to get going through the open games of the league campaign ........

Atletico are without a win after four games and that is not good enough for them, even allowing for a fairly lengthy injury list.They have finished top eight in each of the last five seasons (top 5 four times) and are expected to challenge for the title and have the depth and ability in their squad to do so and with matches coming thick and fast in June, now is the time to kick start their campaign. We have been in this situation before with AMG and they were 1-4-2 after seven rounds last season and in the bottom three, before significant improvement kicked in around mid June. They will come good and they have only lost once so far (three draws) and it is only fine margin improvements needed. Hosts are an ageing squad, which is not totally unusual in Brazil, but also an experienced and talented one and had been dealing with Copa Libertadores and that also might have dictated priorities in the league over the opening weeks, they can forget that for the next month and I suspect we might see some of the home form we saw from them in teh international club competition, transferred to the domestic games. They scored 11 goals in three home group games , with Fred ( yes, it is he !) ,scoring six in the competition, he, Robinho, Victor, Elias, Rafael Carioca etc give them options a team like Avai can only dream of.

They did again hit their stride and right on that mid June button and took four wins and a draw from five starts, before the Copa Libertadores again distracted them and they subsequently drew 1-1 at Botafogo and suffered a last gasp (95th minute) home defeat to Santos in midweek. They had plenty of chances there and overall form is much improved and they have seven points from their last three away outings. They have two win-able home games next week and if their can find a way to take three points today, a charge at top 2-6 is not out of the question, far from it, despite being 12th, they are only 8 points adrift of second placed Gremio and there is still plenty to play for.

Atletico Goianiense have already lost four times at home and bottom of the table and seven points from safety will have to gamble and that will allow AMG more space than they are used to. I felt that AMG were very unfortunate not to defeat Santos (both teams missed penalties), some of their build up play, especially in the first half was at a very high level, quick and imaginative and something similar today can surely only end with three points. Away win.

Disappointing result for ACG who led, but lost 2-1 and AMG hardly franked the form with a home loss to Bahia last night, a match we will doubtless discuss at the weekend. Conditions rarely suit any visiting team in Recife, but ACG left very pleasant weather in Goiana to travel North where it is very wet, steamy and extremely humid and not conducive to football at all. It has been described (96% + humidity) as like playing football with a couple of bricks strappped to your chest !
Sport have approached the last seven days with priority given to today and the Sunday visit from defending champions Palmeiras, they are determined to finish top six and a win this evening could take them into 5th spot, but any other result viewed as something of a disaster. Ticket sales for tonight have been very good with a big crowd expected and demanding the points. ACG are already approaching the stage where a draw is not much help, so no point in them sitting back for 90 minutes and eventually, I expect Recife to win and possibly well and for the visitors attention to quickly turn to their weekend home game once things go against them.


1.75 units Sport Recife -1 ball 1.95 asian line/Sportmarket.

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