Santos vs Ponte Preta by Neuro
Santos had a decent performance away to Sao Paulo couple of days ago, but all they could do is being very effective in attack, however with leaving the ball possession to their hosts - unfortunately, without consequences - losing the game finally with a 3:2 result.
Bastos opened the scoreline for the hosts in 33rd minute, while Oliveira equalized just before the halftime whistle. Guests were the ones who scored at the beginning of the second half via the same players, but Miranda equalized straight away. Towards the end of the match, hosts were the ones who pressed more, with Ceni finally scoring the winning goal from the penalty kick in 84th. Two minutes later, Santos was left playing with a man less, as midfielder Marquinhos got excluded, thus leaving them without proper response. This was fourth match in a row with Santos not winning, as they have only one victory so far in the league, being now close to must win situation with five points in five rounds. Coach Marcelo Fernandes won't make much changes, as he continues to miss left back Caju and forward Robinho (4/2) who is away with Brazilian national squad.
Ponte Preta, on the other side, is doing more than well at the start of the new season being still undefeated in first five rounds with three victories and two draws. They are just a point below the leaders from Atletico Pr and will surely be looking to continue in the same manner even though they visit very reputable club.
Most recently, they took an easy victory 3:0 away to Vasco da Gama as the team couldn't get into the game in a better way - by scoring an opened in first minute via Oliveira. Not only that, their hosts have missed the penalty kick in 23rd minute, just to see their player, goalkeeper Almeida getting red carded several minutes later. Alves doubled up the lead in 38th minute, with Borges sealing the final result in 77th minute. Despite numerical advantage, they weren't that controlling over the field, but rather more effective in deciding moments. This was their second victory in a row, as the team aims another one this time. Coach Guto Ferreira has no fresh injury worries and he is set to field the same squad as against Vasco.
Santos isn't in the right form, but no doubt that they are favorites to get all three points. Even so, they aren't completely to be trusted, especially not at the back, while Ponte Preta seems as one of the strongest offensive lineups in the league. That being said, over goals and both teams to score sure very probably here.