Fortaleza vs Cruzeiro
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 13 June 2019
Kick-off: 02:00 CET
Two weeks ago, Fortaleza celebrated winning the Copa do Nordeste title. In three games since then though, things have gone badly; defeat at Flamengo, elimination in Copa do Brasil by Athletico Paranaense, and just last weekend, another defeat, even in added time, at Gremio. Three games in which Rogério Ceni’s team failed to score. To make matters worse, Fortaleza are without key players for their last match before the Copa América break; attackers Edinho and Wellington Paulista are unavailable, recovering from injuries, attacking midfielder Osvaldo got sent off last weekend, and last but not least, centre-back Roger Carvalho had to get substituted last weekend, injured. Fortaleza are expected to start with Felipe Alves, Gabriel Dias, Quintero, Nathan, Carlinhos, Felipe, Juninho, Marlon, Romarinho, Marcinho and Kieza. Ceni’s team are on seven points from eight matches in the championship, 17th in the table.
I’m left with the impression that Cruzeiro have already sort of… thrown the Serie A under the bus. They are still active in Copa Libertadores and Copa do Brasil, these last years they have done better in Cup competitions rather than Brazil’s national championship, but this season it does not feel like an… option, more like an unavoidable fact. They are on just eight points from as many games, after drawing without goals at home last weekend, against Corinthians. On top of that, they have all sorts of problems, off the pitch; today, they don’t know how many players will still be in the squad once the season restarts, after the Copa América break, as there are contracts expiring. Plus, they need to sort things out with the administrators of their stadium, or else face the danger of… exile. Troubled times at Cruzeiro…
Previous five matches:
Gremio vs Fortaleza 1-0
Athletico Paranaense vs Fortaleza 1-0
Flamengo vs Fortaleza 2-0
Botafogo PB vs Fortaleza 0-1
Fortaleza vs Vasco da Gama 1-1
Cruzeiro vs Corinthians 0-0
Cruzeiro vs Fluminense 2-2
Sao Paulo vs Cruzeiro 1-1
Cruzeiro vs Chapecoense 1-2
Fluminense vs Cruzeiro 4-1
Both teams’ next game is after the Copa América break.
Fortaleza vs Cruzeiro: Head to head Stats
Cruzeiro have not visited Fortaleza since 2006; back then, they won 0-2.
Fortaleza vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
Despite Fortaleza’s negative results the last two weeks, I trust them to bounce back at home, against an equally troubled team.
Fortaleza vs Cruzeiro: Betting Tips
Fortaleza’s win in “draw no bet” is at 2.12. Their double chance combined with “under 2.5 goals” pays 2.25.Do you want daily and profitable Betting Tips?
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