Chapecoense vs Atletico for the Brazilian Serie A championship match on Sunday at Arena Condá.
The home team is in financial trouble, including having difficulty keeping up with payments to players, Chapecoense directors haven’t done a significant search for players in the market, only made one acquisition, veteran Mauricio Ramos was hired to strengthen the squad. This player was in Qatar, playing for Al-Sailiya, but it’s not an option for Sunday’s game, so he won’t be on coach Ney Franco’s thoughts.
Chapecoense is in 17th place on the Brasileirão standings table, the first club in the danger zone with eight points (two wins, two draws and five losses). The team didn’t won on the last three games, in their previous match tied against Fluminense.
It can be said that this team has been inconsistent at home, not winning in front of their fans in four games (two defeats and two draws), but at least has managed to score at least one goal, and so we can certainly expect that they find the bottom of the nets in this game.
Atletico-MG has made a better championship but has not won any game of the last three, which may indicate a loss of form. At the moment they have 16 points (five wins, one draw and three losses), and are in fifth place in the league. This set of satisfactory results made the coach Rodrigo Santana, who until then was interim in the position, promoted to main coach.
It is also worth mentioning that the team comes from a heavy defeat against Cruzeiro, a result that much angered the fans, who challenged coach Santana, who does not show much appetite in making changes in the team. Now, due to the less-than-expected display and far below expectations, he is expected to bring changes to the starting lineup for Sunday’s game.
I foresee a balanced and disputed game, without reinforcements and little motivated Chapecoense will undoubtedly have difficulties in this game. My bet on this game is in the victory of Atlético-MG.