This Wednesday Grêmio will stop their chase to Corinthians in the Brazilian Serie A and they turn their attentions to Copa Libertadores
On this 2nd leg of this tie, Grêmio has a 1-0 advantage, which makes them more comfortable for this match, since a draw is enough to go through to the quarter-finals.
With a marathon of matches in the month of August, Gremio was forced to rotate their players on the last matches since they have now really decisive matches coming up for Copa Libertadores and Copa do Brasil.
They come into this game a bit better in the physical department, in order to not take any chances. From their usual starters, only Arthur,Luan and Pedro Rocha have played in their last match against Atlético PR. Léo Moura played once again and should be the replacement for Edílson, who probably will not play. Lucas Barrios should be back on the squad, and replace Everton.
Last matches: GRÊMIO
06.08.17 SRA Grêmio Atlético-MG 2 : 0
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
The Argentine side is on a disadvantage in several fronts coming into this match, starting inside the pitch, with their loss in the 1st leg at home, which will force them to be more aggressive and chase the result at Porto Alegre.
Outside the pitch, important factors will hurt the team, since their coach left and their starting goalkeeper was sold to PAOK.
Regarding the calendar, if Gremio had a match marathon, Godoy Cruz didn’t have none, since the Argentine calendar is regulated according to the European, so the players had a 10 day vacation and returned for a pre-season.
Last matches: GODOY CRUZ
02.08.17 AMS San Lorenzo Godoy Cruz 1 : 0
04.07.17 LIB Godoy Cruz Grêmio 0 : 1
27.06.17 PDV Newells Old Boys Godoy Cruz 0 : 2
22.06.17 PDV Godoy Cruz Estudiantes 0 : 2
17.06.17 PDV Arsenal Sarandi Godoy Cruz 1 : 2
Gremio vs Godoy Cruz Pick :
Gremio is the favourite in this encounter, since they have already shown to be superior in the 1st leg, because Godoy had few moments of pressure during the match, while the Brazilians presented themselves very well defensively in order to secure their advantage, but they didn’t show to be much more technical quality.
The streak of games shouldn’t worry Gremio since they were able to rest almost every player, and the pace in this match will be crucial.
The argentines have only played one friendly, where they lost to San Lorenzo. They also changed their manager, so they will be underdogs here.
I fancy a Gremio win, even with some ease here.