Atlético Paranaense vs Internacional for the Brazilian Serie A championship match on Sunday at Arena da Baixada.
Atletico Paranaense returned from ‘vacation’ after the Copa América dispute, and played against Flamengo, guided by Portuguese Jorge Jesus, but was not more than a 1-1 draw. Now they will have to decide it in the second leg to move to the semi-finals on the opponent’s field next week. This way, it is entirely plausible that coach Thiago Nunes make changes on the eleven for this Sunday’s meeting looking to rest some key players.
Atlético has ten points in the standings, the Fury occupies the 12th position in the Brazilian Serie A league table, which guarantees qualification for the South American Cup. The home team usually scores goals when playing in front of their fans, which predicts that in this game can also score goals.
Wellington will not be able to make his contribution, not because of physical issues, but because he is suspended due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Internacional also played on Wednesday to face Palmeiras for the Brazilian Cup and was defeated 1-0. Now they have an excellent opportunity to change this situation as theyplay the second leg at home. Like his opponent this Sunday, coach Odair Hellmann has admitted that he will look into the possibility of leaving out some key players so that they are in perfect physical condition for the duel of the second leg of the Brazilian Cup.
Internacional is sixteen points behind in the 4th position of the Brazilian Series, which gives it a place in the Copa Libertadores of America. This position is mainly due to their home performance as they have not yet managed a single away win this season so far and may have to wait another week if they do not have a positive showing.
In fact, the team has not been well outside their stronghold, but I believe they can change this situation in this game. Striker Paolo Guerrero, who has been to participate in the Copa América, must be one of the players that Odair should give rest.
International, as well as his opponent, will have to rest some fundamental players. The Paranaans have had some difficulties in scoring, before an International team that I consider to be stronger. I’ll bet on the visitors’ victory.