Ponte Preta vs Santos – Campeonato Paulista : Ponte Preta hosts Santos on this 3rd round of the Campeonato Paulista
Santos is coming off a loss to Bragantino on their last match and that served as a warning sign for the team that will have a season packed with important competitions.
On the debut in front of their fans, Santos, despite having had much more possession and controlling the match, was weak on the attack and couldn’t do much damage to Bragantino’s defensive system.
The biggest difficulty is the midfield, because the team hasn’t found a replacement for Lucas Lima and has struggled with the Argentinian Vecchio that was assigned the job of feeding Santos’ attackers.
Without many transitions, the team was disconnected from the attack and they saw Bragantino winning the match 1-0.
Even having won the first match 3-0 against Linense, the difficulties were clear for their fans: the team needs a midfielder to create, someone with quality that can put the ball on the attackers’ feet.
Speaking of attack, that’s another troublesome sector, since Rodrigão has shown he doesn’t have enough quality to play for the club.
Still, Jair Ventura is insisting on this formation that he considers to be ideal and he will go into this match with the same structure, only making changes on the right side with Caju taking the spot of Romario and in the middle,
where the veteran Renato is out due to injury and will have Mateus Jesus replacing him.
Ponte Preta is also coming off a loss against Linense by 1-0 but they already have under their belt the win on the first match against the current Brazilian champions.
The team has beaten Corinthians 1-0 on the debut and has 3 points so far.
Unlike previous years, Ponte Preta has a modest team without much investment, since they were relegated to the Serie B and have the fundamental mission of achieving promotion to the Serie A in 2018.
Ponte Preta vs Santos – Betting Tip and Prediction:
I believe on a match without many goals by what both teams have been presenting so far. The match takes place in Campinas, without away fans, so I don’t see Santos, with the players they have, having the initiative and controlling the match.
Besides that, Ponte Preta also doesn’t have conditions to pressure the opponent despite playing at home, since they are still on a stage of transformation.
|Both teams to score? No!||