Atletico PR vs America MG by Enzo
After three consecutive positive performances and undefeated matches without a goal conceded, Atletico PR didn't have that good performance few days ago, as they suffered narrow 1:0 defeat away from home against Coritiba. Ball possession was shared, but the home side was much more convincing upfront with the only goal being scored towards the end of the game.
Players of Coritiba simply wanted the victory much more towards the end of the game and scored the only goal in 81st minute via Kazim-Richards, leaving no time for players from Atletico to respond. After this defeat, Atletico got back to the middle of the table, having now three points less than fourth placed Internacional, so a victory here remains a must thing for them.
Hosts are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Lima as their number nine, but also with Lopes, Vinicius and Nikao as offensive midfielders. Forward Pablo (11/0) is suspended for this one, while central defender Cleberson (4/0) and offensive midfielder Marcos Guilherme (6/0) are injured. Defensive midfielder Deivid is doubtful for this one. On the bright side, Hernani is back from suspension and will be starting here.
America MG is in obvious problems now, as the team comes from third straight defeat and fifth defeat in last six matches played. At the same time, it was their third game without a single goal scored, as they suffered 2:0 defeat at home against Corinthians few days ago.
Players from Corinthians simply knew what they wanted from the first till last minute, looking as much more mature side on the field. They took the lead in tenth minute via Romero, while Marquinhos sealed the victory from a penalty kick in 75th minute. After this defeat, America remains last at the table, having only eight points earned so far, out of twelve matches. They have only 0-1-4 record on the road and it's hard to see them walking away with something here.
Visitors will be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation as well, with Rangel set as their alone striker, but also with Junior, Danilo and Mineiro as offensive midfielders. They will probably change couple of things again after another defeat in the midweek. New signing Gilson could start here. Arthur, on the other side, has signed for Goias.
- Atletico PR have won their last 4 home matches (Brasileirão).
Atletico PR looked like much more quality, stable and mature side till now in the season. After their defeat away to Coritiba, I expect them to react in a best possible way against one of surely the weakest sides in Serie A.