Portuguesa vs Fluminense by Isaiah
Portuguesa avoided the defeat away to Atletico GO (1-1) although they have been found to lose in the first half. They equalized early in the second half of the match, and kept the draw till the end. They may lie in the bottom half of the league table, but they are still away from the relegation zone, being undefeated in their last six games at home, and with just two defeats in the last thirteen games.
Their coach, Geninho, was happy for the draw and stated that this was an important point, talking about a fair result because the opponent was better in the first half, but his players raised their performance in the second, with some good creative pace. Sub defender Leandro Silva and main midfielder Heverton are both out for tonight's game, while key defender Gustavo is back after injury. Main defender Valdomiro is out suspended.
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Fluminense is flying high at the moment, and coming there a very important victory winning 0-1 away to Internacional, scoring in the first half and made their game to the second. They still stay on top of the table, having the best defensive line of the league, and they are now within striking distance from second placed Atletico Mineiro. However, Fluminense is unbeaten in their last eleven games, with seven wins in that time.
Their coach, Abel Braga, was delighted with the win over Internacional giving congratulations to his players. According to the match reports, it was more likely that Fluminense will score the second goal instead to accept the equalizer, so we can say that they were the better team on the field. The fact is that Fluminense are the champions, and the league has still a long way, so they should look at each game individually.
No changes to their lineup as the injured players are missing long term. Defender Anderson, striker Marcos Junior, midfielders Deco and Wagner are long term out, while defender Leandro Euzebio is suspended. Star strikers Fred and Wellington are to a great form, and with Thiago Neves behind them delivering lot of assists, they have an excellent attacking line that can destroy any opponent.
Portuguesa is appearing well at the moment, but Fluminense has gone through more difficult teams away from home, where they count an excellent record of 7-3-0. The guests are in a championship course and will hardly lose in this stadium. With Portuguesa having a roster of 7 millions, and Fluminense with a rich squad that worths over 40 millions, it is very likely for Fluminense to win, and the prices are OK for me, covered with the level ball Asian handicap.
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