Grêmio is on the hunt for the leader Corinthians, however they are at the same distance as last matchdays, but with less matches played.
Their opponent in this match will be Atlético Mineiro, who has been playing better away than at home.
This is the last match of the 1st half of the season and Gremio is making a very good campaign, probably enough to be leading the competition, if it wasn’t for Corinthians’ magical season.
With that, Gremio, who has 36 points and is 8 behind 1st place and has to divide their attentions with the league, Copa do Brasil and the Copa Libertadores, which makes it hard to keep up with Corinthians’ pace.
For this match, Gremio has the obligation to beat Atlético, but in reality they don’t even had their squad in full strength, so it may be tough for them.
Missing players’ list include Marcelo Grohe, Edilson and Lucas Barrios, and in doubt are Kannemann, Arthur, Ramiro and Pedro Rocha.
Probable starting line-up:
Paulo Victor; Léo Moura, Geromel, Bressan e Marcelo Oliveira; Michel, Jailson, Maicon, Fernandinho, Éverton and Luan.
Last matches GRÊMIO
02.08.17 SRA Atlético-GO Grêmio 0 : 1
30.07.17 SRA Grêmio Santos 1 : 1
27.07.17 COP Atlético-PR Grêmio 2 : 3
24.07.17 SRA São Paulo Grêmio 1 : 1
19.07.17 SRA Vitória Grêmio 1 : 3
The team from Minas Gerais comes into this match after having lost at home to Corinthians, which was a rough blow in their aspirations to turn their season around.
They came into that match after a good away win, and they were playing their first game at the Mineirão, in hope of climbing some spots on the league table, but the result was another brilliant win and an almost perfect exhibition from the Paulistas.
Just like Gremio, Atlético also goes into this match with a rotated squad. With 23 points, they sit only in 11th place, so they will prioritize the Libertadores’ match next week, so they should rest some players here.
Probable starting line-up:
Giovanni; Alex Silva, Bremer, Mahteus Mancini e Leonan; Roger Bernardo, Yago, Adilson, Otero e Valdivia; Elder.
Last matches ATLÉTICO-MG
02.08.17 SRA Atlético-MG Corinthians 0 : 2
30.07.17 SRA Coritiba Atlético-MG 0 : 2
26.07.17 COP Botafogo Atlético-MG 3 : 0
23.07.17 SRA Atlético-MG Vasco 1 : 2
19.07.17 SRA Atlético-MG Bahia 0 : 2
Gremio vs Atletico MG Pick:
On a final note, we have two teams who will probably rest some starters for this match, but even if they go with their full squads, I believe Gremio has a good advantage over their opponent.
Gremio’s players go into this match motivated to show their value, since they don’t play very often, and playing at home, with their momentum,
I really think Gremio should win, especially if all these team news are confirmed.