Fortaleza vs Avai
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 13 July 2019
Kick-off: 22:00 CET
Matheus Alessandro, Dodô, Patrick, Júnior Santos, Marcinho. Five players, five guys who formed part of Fortaleza’s roster before the Copa América break, five guys who are no longer living in Fortaleza, as they left for other clubs. Whom did the team sign to replace them? Up to now, just one player, attacking midfielder Mariano Vázquez, a 26-year-old Argentinian, who last played for Deportivo Pasto, in Colombia. With this in mind, Rogério Ceni was probably right to say that today’s Fortaleza are a weaker team compared to the one before the Copa América break. Many didn’t like his comment, but… can you argue with him? The hosts are expected to start with Felipe Alves, Gabriel Dias, Quintero, Roger Carvalho, Carlinhos, Juninho, Felipe, André Luís, Osvaldo, W. Paulista and Romarinho. Fortaleza sit 14th in the table, on 10 points.
This is Alberto Valentim’s first game in charge at Avaí, and one of the… new things he is introducing, is not disclosing the starting lineup not even to his own players. “We know that in Brazil these things don’t stay secret, they become known, and obviously they reach the ears of your rivals as well, so I prefer to tell the players just before we start warming up for the game”, Avaí’s new coach told reporters. Vladimir, Léo, Betão, Luanderson, Paulinho, Pedro Castro, Julinho, Gegê, Douglas, Lourenço and Brenner, this feels like the most probable lineup, but it’s mostly a guess, nothing concrete. The Florianópolis side are at the bottom of the table, on just four points, the only Serie A team not to have won a single game yet.
Previous five matches:
Fortaleza vs Cruzeiro 2-1
Gremio vs Fortaleza 1-0
Athletico Paranaense vs Fortaleza 1-0
Flamengo vs Fortaleza 2-0
Botafogo PB vs Fortaleza 0-1
Palmeiras vs Avai 2-0
Avai vs Sao Paulo 0-0
Internacional vs Avai 2-0
Avai vs Ceara 1-2
Vasco da Gama vs Avai 1-1
Fortaleza are visiting Atlético Mineiro next weekend. Avaí will be hosting Goiás (both Serie A matches).
Fortaleza vs Avai: Head to head Stats
A year ago, these two drew 1-1 in Fortaleza. Before that, they hadn’t faced each other there since 2008 (another draw, 2-2).
Fortaleza vs Avai: Prediction
Despite being weakened, compared to the team before the Copa América break, I’m counting on Fortaleza to earn all three points against probably the weakest team in the league.
Fortaleza vs Avai: Betting Tips
Fortaleza’s win is at 1.80. Combined with “under 2.5 goals” it pays a much better 3.25. I don’t expect them to score more than twice, I will be surprised if they concede, and this pays better than “Fortaleza to win and keep a clean sheet”.Do you want daily and profitable Betting Tips?
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