Ceará vs Palmeiras for the Brazilian Serie A championship match on Saturday at Arena Castelão Stadium.
Ceará comes from a draw in their last match in Serie A of Brasileirão with Fluminense. Ceará has made an unpleasant season in Serie A, and are now facing complications not winning in the previous four matches (two defeats and two draws), gathering so far eleven points with three wins, two draws and five losses, occupying the modest position, fourteenth place in the leaderboard.
Now they are looking for a victory to try to move away from the relegation area. The team needs to improve some aspects, particularly in the offensive sector, should they want to remain in the elite division of Brazilian football.
Although the team didn’t have the ideal preparation, the coach Enderson Moreira had more time than his rival to correct some defensive fragility that showed during the last match. For the game against Palmeiras, coach Enderson Moreira will not count on midfielder Fabinho for being suspended.
The foreign team is currently at the top of the standings, with twenty-six points won, eight wins and two draws. Palmeiras in the game with São Paulo drew 1-1, using a team with reserves, enough for the Alviverdes to keep the lead, and also maintaining the unbeaten record of more than thirty games of the Brasileirão, which began in the 2018 edition.
In the last game, they played for the Brazilian Cup and lost away with Internacional in the penalty shoot-out. Palmeiras will make their debut in the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores of America, where they will face Godoy Cruz of Argentina.
Thus, Luiz Felipe Scolari should put in the field a team with less used players. Despite putting less used players, Palmeiras has a great squad and want to continue the course in Serie A of the Brasileirão in style, and in this game wants to show their emotional maturity.
The team has shown throughout the season an excellent balance between all sectors. Coach Felipão should spare some players already thinking about the Copa Libertadores game next Tuesday but should keep a majority of headliners.
Ceará showed in their last game a defensive strategy, but in their home will certainly opt for a more offensive system. Palmeiras should work with a mixed approach. However, due to the value of the visitors, my guess goes to Palmeiras.