In the 17th Round of the Brazilian Serie A, we have a Cruzeiro vs Vitória, with the home team trying to return to winning ways after a few matches where they have struggled a bit.
As for Vitória, they are trying to climb the table and exit the relegation spots, with the help of their new coach. They hope that this coach is the solution they were looking for and that they can improve their position on the league table.
Cruzeiro reaches this matchday with 22 points and on the 9th position in the league table. The Belo Horizonte team is winless for 3 matches now, which made them lose track of the top placed teams, mainly Corinthians, who now has an 18 point lead over Cruzeiro.
On their last 3 domestic league matches, they have tied at home with Flamengo, then they visited Fluminense, and drew again, and after that they lost against struggling Avaí.
Then they returned home and played a cup game (Taça do Brasil) mid-week against Palmeiras where they tied, but the draw was enough to make them go through to the next round.
Their qualification for the semi-finals of this competition might be the motivation that the “Raposa” (“Fox”) needed to return to victory on the domestic league.
After that match against Palmeiras, coach Mano Menezes also has some players returning from injury: Digão, Ezequiel and Robinho, who may now be used against Vitória.
Vitória is struggling and on the relegation zone, with only 12 points conquered in 16 games.
The team was crumbling and that has led to the dismissal of manager Alexandre Gallo after 4 losses in a row, against Vasco da Gama, Palmeiras, Grêmio and Chapecoense.
To make matters worse, 3 of those losses where at home, in Salvador da Bahia.
To replace Alexandre Gallo they hired Vagner Mancini, a manager that started the season at Chapecoense but didn’t last very long there.
This is a return from Mancini to Salvador da Bahia and to a team that he has coached several times before.
During this week, Mancini has tested the players of his new squad and there might be some chances on Vitória’s playstyle, which can only be good, since their last outings have been pretty terrible.
Cruzeiro vs Vitoria Pick:
This match is between two teams who are desperate for points.
I believe Cruzeiro is more stable and with the morale boost mid-week.
I think they have the perfect chance (and opponent) to return to winning ways in this “Brasileirão” (Brazilian Serie A).