Brasil de Pelotas vs América-MG, Saturday’s match for the fifth round of the Brazilian Series B Championship.
Brasil de Pelotas
Four games, four defeats, no goals scored, five conceded. This campaign places Brasil de Pelotas in the twentieth – last – place of the Brazilian Series B Championship and indicates the Gaucho team as a candidate to demotion to Series C.
It’s no surprise when one looks at the performance of the club in the Gaucho Championship. The team spent much of the state league dipped in the region of demotion and only escaped the fall to the Second Division of Gauchão in the final stretch of the classification phase. Still, just by the skin of their teeth.
The lesson seems not to have been grasped. Without winning for over two months, the team did not show great tactical evolution in the period and shows limited resources to reinforce the cast in the search for a better situation.
The situation of Coelho isn’t much better than that of Brasil de Pelotas. With one point, the Minas Gerais team is in the nineteenth position in the standings of the Brazilian Series B Championship, but has already used the trick to change coach to try to improve the performance.
Veteran Givanildo Oliveira fell after two rounds. The defeats by 1 to 0 against Operário-PR and Botafogo-SP, at home, caused his exchange for Maurício Barbieri.
The rookie, who had passes through Flamengo and Goiás, began with a goalless draw against Criciúma in Santa Catarina, but saw his first victory escape the team, almost unbelievably, on Sunday, May 18.
Playing in the Independência stadium in Belo Horizonte, América-MG was winning against Sport by 1-0 until the 45 minutes of the second part. Nevertheless, they conceded two goals in the injury time, leaving the field defeated.
Although it was set in overtime, the defeat was not unfair. The Coelho did not perform well throughout the clash. With 42.8% possession, they created only seven opportunities to finish throughout the match. Less than the 11 from Sport.
A sign that Barbieri will still have a lot of work ahead to improve offensive performance. The team passed the first three games scoreless.
The immense offensive difficulties that the teams have been showing at the start of the season make the prognosis in a draw the most appropriate option for Saturday’s match for the fifth round of the Brazilian Series B Championship.