Figueirense vs Cruzeiro by Isaiah

Figueirense drew 2-2 away from home against Ponte Preta in a match that they were found to be losing from the first quarter, but managed to precede before the end of the first half. Finally they received a goal ten minutes before the end, and this was their third consecutive game that they do not lose, taking five points in that time, but remaining into the relegation zone.

Although Figueirense got an away point and they remain undefeated with Marcio Goiano as their coach, he presented disappointed after conceding two goals from set pieces, something that drew the attention of his players. As noted, they must now look to the next game, a vital one that they have to take points in order to keep alive their hopes not to relegate.

Sub striker Heber, sub defender Leo, main midfielder Almir (11 games played), key striker Aloisio ( 20 games played, 7 goals), and main midfielder Fernandes (14 games played, 2 goals) are all out injured, while striker Sebastian Abreu (9 games, 2 goals) returns from international duty with Uruguay national team and probably will stay in bench.

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Cruzeiro experienced a second consecutive defeat with the score of 2-1 this time away to Sport Recife, although they scored again first to the first quarter of the game. They still remain out of the top four and the leading positions for the next Copa Libertadores, not within striking distance of them, although the teams above them did not won.

According to the match reports, Cruzeiro should be disappointed by the defeat, as they could have avoided lot of mistakes in the second half. Anyway, their coach stated that there is no reason to panic, since many teams have consecutive negative results, stressing that they should be presented ready to play against Figueirense, giving more emphasis to an attacking formation this time.

Long term injured is sub defender Alex Silva, while main defender Ceara (9 games, 1 goal), striker Fabinho (14 games) and striker Borges (12 games, 7 goals) are all out injured. Midfielder Lucas Silva (6 games) is suspended, while key defender Mauricio Victorino (11 games ) and main midfielder Leandro Guerreiro (21 games) are both back to main eleven. Star striker Wellington (19 matches, 9 goals) is ready to play.

Cruzeiro is the better team to this pair, they have to take points in order to reach top four and play to the next Copa Libertadores, while Figueirense is thirsty for a victory, since for them it is a matter of survival, and they are playing at home. Both teams needs the win for their own reasons, both of them have thin defensive lines so far, thats why i believe that this one will finish with more than two goals to be scored.

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