Atletico vs Cruzeiro for the Brazilian Serie A championship match on Sunday at Independência Stadium.
For Sunday’s match, Alvinegro arrives driven by the qualification for the quarterfinals of the South American Cup that was won at the same Independência Stadium on Wednesday, July 31, with a 2-0 win over Botafogo. They had been well underway with the 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro last week. Now the Rooster will fight for a spot in the semifinals with La Equidad.
The result was not ‘perfect’ because there was no goal scoring from veteran striker Ricardo Oliveira. He reached the fourteenth match without putting the ball in the net surpassing the thousand-minute mark on the field. Despite being supported by coach Rodrigo Santana, it is more likely that the young Alejandro will be in charge of the attack in the classic.
He also won midfielder Cazares, who couldn’t act on Wednesday because he is recovering from conjunctivitis. Released by the medical department, the Ecuadorian resumed training and became available again.
With 21 points, Atletico-MG started the match of the thirteenth round of Serie A Brasileirão in fourth place, with eight points disadvantage compared to the leader Santos.
Cruzeiro lost on Wednesday, July 31, the biggest bet is made in the season. The team invested much of its chips in winning the Copa Libertadores of America. To this end, regularly scheduled reserve teams in the games of the Brazilian Championship.
The strategy resulted in failure after two goalless draws with River Plate and defeat in the penalty shootout after the second game, which was held at Mineirão. The fall to the defending champion of America cannot be considered an abnormal result, but the fox’s overly defensive manner has been criticized. Especially in the match in Buenos Aires, where the team did not even hit a kick in the opposing goal.
Striker Fred tried to put more wood in the fire by saying that the scheme used by coach Mano Menezes is incompatible with his way of playing. He did this shortly after the elimination, knowing that it would generate more criticism of the coach’s style, who has been with the club for three years now and is going through his worst moment.
In the last 16 matches, including all competitions, Cruzeiro has won a single game. In the Brasileirão, with ten points (two wins, four draws and six losses), began the match of the thirteenth round in the sixteenth position, the first outside the relegation zone.
This may force them to change their usual strategy. Having next Wednesday, August 7, the opening match in Belo Horizonte of the semifinals of the Brazilian Cup, against Internacional, Cruzeiro would call a reserve / mixed team for this Sunday’s game. However, the pressure of elimination in Libertadores and the fact that it is a classic can cause the leading players to be selected.
With the leading players or reserves, Cruzeiro has shown inferior quality in football. Thus, the prediction in the win of Atlético-MG is the most appropriate guess for this Sunday’s classic for the thirteenth round of the Serie A Brazilian Championship.