Vasco vs Ponte Preta by Neuro
With four rounds played till now, Vasco da Gama is still looking for their first victory in the new season, having started the season with three draws, but also suffering a defeat in the previous match played. It was their first defeat after eleven matches and five consecutive draws, with the team coming from 3:0 loss away to Atletico Mineiro.
Their start of the match couldn't have been much worse, as the team conceded all three goals in the first half, as the hosts opened the lead in 12th minute via Ribeiro. Datolo increased to double lead in 20th, while Ribeiro scored his second goal in 44th minute. The game itself was completely one sided, with the players of Vasco not making much of threatening chances in front of opponents goal. Coach Doriva was quite disappointed after the game, saying that they can't afford to have so many mistakes against such quality sides, however adding that he is sure that the hard work will pay off for his team. Offensive player Dagoberto (4/0) returns now from suspension. Serginho (5/0) will remain absent due to some discomfort he feels, while absent is also goalkeeper Martin Costa (8/0) who is with Urugyuan national team.
Ponte Preta, on the other side, comes from a 3:1 home victory over Chapecoense last weekend. They have opened the lead already in sixth minute via Alves, with Biro increasing to 2:0 in second minute of the repetition. Guests stood playing with ten men since 62nd minute when Apodi got red carded and the game was quite finished from that moment on.
Even though they played with a man less, Gil reduced the deficit somehow in 88th minute, but the hosts sealed their victory in third minute of additional time via Renato Caja. With this victory behind their back, team remained undefeated in the new season, having two victories and two draws, being currently at third position, just a point less than currently leading Atletico Pr. Visiting side has no problems whatsoever making the squad and it's expected that coach Guto Ferreira fields the same lineup as in previous match against Chapecoense. Felipe Azevedo could however be installed in place of Rildo in attack.
Ponte Preta seems very strong at the start of the season, but it's hard to see them coming out as winners here. Vasco didn't start well but this match can easily turn out to be their turning point in the season, with the team surely being quite close to a must win situation. Both teams to score, an open game and maybe a draw for smaller stake are the choices here.