Ceará vs Atlético PR – Brazilian Serie A: This Saturday, Ceará and Atlético Paranaense face off on a duel to try and leave the relegation zone.
This is a match of the opening of the 18th round, and it will be played at the Castelão, in Fortaleza.
Ceará has played this week on an early match of the 20th round against Santos, and that match ended on a 1-1 draw. With that point, the team reached 15 points and now occupies the 18th place.
What we could see was a team very superior to the opponents, and we can certainly see the evolution as a team after the arrival of their manager Lisca.
This is a team that no longer loses easily. They have a much more solid defence (compared to Ceará itself), and they manage to impose their strength at home.
However, in this match, they won’t play at the Presidente Vargas, and they return to play on the Castelão, looking to take advantage of their good moment of form and fill the stadium with more than 40 000 fans.
A victory gets the team closer to the exit of the relegation zone, but their record is still very inferior to their opponents’ ones.
At home, they are already unbeaten for 4 matches, getting victories over Sport and Fluminense, and draws against Palmeiras and Santos.
Atlético also played midweek, on the Copa Sudamericana, and they have beaten Peñarol away from home and advanced onto the next round.
In the league, they are in penultimate place, and they have been dealing with pressure in each match, and on the last 2 matches, they’ve managed to conquer some important points.
They’ve gotten a victory at home over Vitória and a draw away from home against Corinthians, having a good playing volume and only failing to win due to some details.
It is clear that the team has also evolved on the last couple of matches with their new manager,
but the historical record of this team as visitors is still against them, since they still haven’t won on the competition, conceding 10 goals and scoring only 2.
Ceará vs Atlético PR – Betting Tip and Prediction:
It is strange, but it is possible to say that this is an encounter between two teams that occupy the last places in the league but that are in good moments of form.
These are two teams that, on a short overlook of the latest matches, managed to improve when compared to their
previous records, and that makes this encounter balanced.
I think that Ceará is still a step above, by the posture that Lisca imposed on the team, a bit more defensive, not exposing itself too much,
and still, they manage to reach this match with strength, especially against opponents from the bottom half of the league table.
Atlético away from home still doesn’t convince me, and I take into consideration the battering away from home on the Copa Sudamericana, but
I think that the Uruguayan team is not even a shadow of what they once were, and in the Brazilian Serie A, this team has a ridiculous record as visitors.
The safety of the DNB gives me more confidence on this bet.
|Ceara AH 0||