Bahia vs Santos FC for the Brazilian Serie A championship match on Saturday at the Itaipava Fonte Nova Arena.
The Bahian set is three games without winning (two draws and one defeat), in their last match tied at the home of the Grémio by 1-1 for the Brazilian Cup. The second meeting, which is decisive, will most likely influence the structure of the team that coach Roger Machado will choose for Saturday’s meeting. The coach can protect some of the most influential players for the game with Grémio.
The hosts had a showing to forget in their last away game when they lost 3-1 to Internacional, fourth-placed in the league table. The Bahia now playing in the Pituaçu Stadium will seek to maintain the excellent form with a good performance at home where they have ten consecutive wins for all competitions.
Bahia should be relatively satisfied with their work, they are in the quarterfinals of the Brazilian Cup, besides being in eighth place with fourteen points, and in this game, there is an excellent opportunity to improve even more. For this game, the Bahians cannot seem to rely on Ernando because of an injury.
Santos is making a reasonable championship, and is currently in second place with twenty points (six wins, two draws and a loss), has five points behind Palmeiras, who commands the classification.
This formation has already been eliminated from the Brazilian Cup and the South American Cup, and now has the excellent opportunity to dedicate itself exclusively to the championship and to assert itself as a candidate for the title.
However, the situation is not ideal, since there is a certain tension in the relationship between coach Jorge Sampaoli and President José Carlos Peres. The coach has not yet entirely won the supporters, and he continues to be under pressure since being eliminated from the South America Cup and the Brazilian Cup did not fancy the supporters or the club’s management. As for the team to present this Saturday, Sampaoli has all the squad at his disposal.
With Bahia divided between the Cup and the championship, Santos is only focused on the Brasileirão. Having said that, I think there is a good opportunity for visitors to win this game.