Atlético/PR and Coritiba will play at Estádio Joaquim Américo Guimarães (“Arena da baixada”) on this 23rd round of the Brazillian Serie A
In 8th place with 30 points, Atlético/PR is coming into this match after an away loss at Flamengo, and they really need the win if they still want to dream about getting the Copa Libertadores’ qualification spot they wanted.
Coritiba sits in 15th place with 26 points and they haven’t won in their last 3 matches, which leaves them now with only a 1-point advantage to the relegation zone. They will play will be pressured and have some absences to deal with, but they will have to work hard to get some points out of this derby.
As a host, Atlético/PR has 4 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses and in their last 5 matches they have 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. As visitors, Coritiba have 3 wins, 1 draw and 6 losses and on their last 5 matches they’ve gotten 2 wins and 3 losses.
On their last match at home, Atlético/PR has hosted and beaten Bahia 4-1, on a match with a lot of speed and not a lot of technical ability. Bahia got on the scoresheet first but then Atlético/PR equalized with a penalty kick. On the 2nd half, the hosts took control of the game and built up an excellent win.
On their last away match, Coritiba have face last-place team Atlético/GO and were beaten 1-0, on a match where their opponents were slightly superior in the beginning of the match but ended up being more incisive and reaching the goal in the 2nd half; Coritiba were apathetic in the pitch and ended up being defeated.
On Atlético/PR, defensive midfielder Lucho González has returned from injury and they have no important absences for this match.
Probable Starting XI: Weverton; Jonathan, Paulo André, Thiago Heleno (Wanderson) and Fabrício; Pavez, Lucho (Rossetto), Sidcley (Lucho), Guilherme and Nikão; Ribamar
As for Coritiba, Márcio(defender), Anderson (defensive midfielder) e Alecsandro(attacker) are suspended for this match; Henrique Almeida(attacker) and Léo(wing-back) are still doubtful
Probable Starting XI: Wilson; Léo, Werley, Cleber Reis (Walisson Maia) and William Matheus; Alan Santos, Matheus Galdezani and Longuine; Iago (Jonas), Rildo and Kleber.
Atletico PR vs Coritiba – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Derby between two clubs from the same city, that are on opposite situations in the league table. Atlético/PR has shown to be a competitive team so far, who will finish in the upper half of the league table looking to secure one of the Libertadores’ qualification spots (G6);
As for Coritiba, they have struggled with injuries and absences and the team still hasn’t been able to show a good intermeshing and a defined playing pattern. They alternate between good and bad performances, and they are currently in a delicate situation, very close to the relegation zone (Z4).
Therefore, I believe in the hosts’ favouritism, that should be able to take advantage of their own stadium, their fans and their players’ quality to come out on top!
|Atlético PR to win||