Atletico MG vs Portuguesa SP by Sureseye

Athletico MG are coming from one tough match on travel to International where they defended so well one of the league’s highest goalscorers - International. It was a match that greeted little attempts at goal from both sides, especially the away side who were one man down from 36 minutes onward as striker Fernadinho got suspended and will be missing for today's match. First choice goalkeeper Victor Bagzi got sent off in the last minute and it means Giovani Dos Santos will be between the stick one more time after keeping a clean sheet in the 2-0 home win over Bahia.


In a bid to grind out the best from their continually depleting team, today's guest filed out against Bahia with a largely rotated squad in the Sudamerica (where they lost 2-1) and had most of their main players rested for this travel to Athletico. Portuguesa in front of their home fans welcomed Botafogo last match in the league; one match where the hosts dealt with so many absence, booted so many chance away and four goals came in 12 minutes of the game. Both sides had gotten ahead through well fed corner kicks and the match was levelled until Marques Rafael’s super volley that got the guest ahead. Botafogo increased their lead as a slicing through-ball fell into the legs of Elias who converted dutifully.


Portuguesa have not failed to score in the last 11 matches, but their performance of late haven’t been convincing as the side have had to deal with many important absence, one which rather reduces their creativity upfront.


Portuguesa have only kept one clean sheets in league matches this season, which was when they played barren on travel against Corinthians, a similarly defensive team like today’s opponent. I see Portuguesa struggling upfront today, while Athletico who hasn’t been scoring too much at home might just peep the guest; been more interested in 3 points and wouldn’t leave their usually stout defence lines open either!

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