Chapecoense vs Atletico Mineiro
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 15 July 2019
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Chapecoense’s directors would love to be able to spend so as to strengthen the squad, but the club’s finances are anything but… blooming, they owe money to the players, so signing more was/is practically out of the question. They did sign one new player, a 34-year-old who was a free agent. Chape are on just eight points from nine matches, below the relegation line. Last season they avoided relegation on the very last day, and given how things are going, no one should be surprised if the team go through a similar situation this season. Coach Ney Franco is expected to have Tiepo, Eduardo, Gum, Douglas, Bruno Pacheco, Márcio Araujo, Campanharo, Camilo, Arthur Gomes, Alan Ruschel and Everaldo in the starting lineup. The latter is the team’s top scorer, on five goals already, two of those from the penalty spot.
Atlético Mineiro lost 3-0 to Cruzeiro midweek in the first leg of their Copa do Brasil quarterfinals tie, most probably they are left out of the semis, but they have other targets to fight for this season. Similarly, Adilson, their 32-year-old midfielder, was left devastated when told that he shouldn’t play professional football again, because of a serious heart problem, but in between tears, on Friday, he looked happy knowing that in less than 10 days he will become a father for the first time in his life. His – former – teammates were there to stand by him. He actually got offered a job by Atlético, and should remain in football, not as a player, though. Rodrigo Santana, Atlético’s coach, is expected to field an almost entirely alternative lineup against Chape, not giving up on his team’s chances of eliminating Cruzeiro in a few days, when they face them in the return leg of their Copa do Brasil quarterfinal. Atlético, 5th in the Serie A table before Saturday’s matches, are expected to start with Cleiton, Guga, Maidana, Léo Silva, Lucas Hernández, Ramón Martínez, Jair, Geuvânio, Vinícius, Maicon and Ricardo Oliveira.
Previous five matches:
Chapecoense vs Fluminense 1-1
Goias vs Chapecoense 3-1
Chapecoense vs Palmeiras 1-2
Cruzeiro vs Chapecoense 1-2
Chapecoense vs Fortaleza 1-3
Cruzeiro vs Atletico Mineiro 3-0
Atletico Mineiro vs America Mineiro 1-3
Atletico Mineiro vs Sao Paulo 1-1
Santos vs Atletico Mineiro 3-1
Santos vs Atletico Mineiro 1-2
Chape are visiting Sao Paulo next weekend (Serie A). Atlético are facing Cruzeiro midweek (Copa do Brasil).
Chapecoense vs Atletico Mineiro: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Chape, one for Atlético, and two draws, in the last five games between these two in Chapecó.
Chapecoense vs Atletico Mineiro: Prediction
Chape need a win in this game more than Atlético, and will play with their best possible 11, against a team that will play with an almost entirely alternative lineup. It’s still risky betting on their victory, but deep down, I expect their… necessity to do the trick for them.
Chapecoense vs Atletico Mineiro: Betting Tips
Chape’s win is at 2.20. Their double chance combined with “under 2.5 goals” pays 2.02.
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