Fluminense vs Atletico Paranaense
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 21 May 2018
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
It won’t affect the outcome of this match, but it’s interesting, I reckon, to mention that Fluminense, the club, have the biggest deficit among all 20 Série A clubs. A few days ago they announced the official numbers, data, and the Press were quick to point out how bad things are at Fluminense, finances-wise. Not just that; the president is facing tons of criticism, and the overall feeling is that the club are embroiled in some sort of… “civil war”, politically, with the opposition being a constant thorn on the president’s back. On the field, Flu have lost two games in a row. Last Monday they lost 2-1 to Botafogo. Last time they had lost back-to-back matches was in November(!).
Flu have lost two games in a row, but that looks… little, compared to the four games in a row Atlético Paranaense have lost. One of those defeats was at Newell’s Old Boys, in the Copa Sudamericana, a 2-1 that didn’t really hurt them, as they still qualified for the next round of the competition. Last Wednesday though, they lost at home to Cruzeiro in a Copa do Brasil game, first leg, a defeat that hurt indeed, a lot. What’s interesting is that Atlético have scored in all four losses this month, but have conceded no less than two goals in each game. On another note, Santos, Atlético’s goalkeeper, made world headlines last Sunday, when he was “caught” using his mobile phone during the game of his team against Atlético Mineiro, at home. Turned out, it was a club initiative, they wanted to show how irresponsible it is to use your mobile phone while driving. They asked their fans to think about how “angry” they got seeing the TV footage with their goalkeeper using his phone while the game was going on, and how incomparably more irresponsible and potentially fatal it is to do things with your phone while driving. It was part of a whole campaign that is running this month in Curitiba and the State of Paraná in general.
Previous five matches:
Botafogo vs Fluminense 2-1
Nacional Potosi vs Fluminense 2-0
Vitoria vs Fluminense 1-2
Fluminense vs Sao Paulo 1-1
Fluminense vs Cruzeiro 1-0
Atletico Paranaense vs Cruzeiro 1-2
Atletico Paranaense vs Atletico Mineiro 1-2
Newell’s Old Boys vs Atletico Paranaense 2-1
Atletico Paranaense vs Palmeiras 1-3
Bahia vs Atletico Paranaense 0-0
Fluminense’s next game is again at home, next weekend, versus Chapecoense. Atlético Paranaense will be visiting Paraná (both Brazil Série A matches).
Fluminense vs Atletico Paranaense: Head to head Stats
Just one win for Flu, two for Atlético, and two draws, in the last five games between these two in Rio de Janeiro. None of those five matches had more than two goals.
Fluminense vs Atletico Paranaense: Prediction
Fluminense are considered favorites to win, but I’m leaving winners and losers aside, I’m betting on goals instead.
Fluminense vs Atletico Paranaense: Betting Tips
I’m glad to see “over 2.5 goals” pay 2.05. That’s my only tip. Both have looked very vulnerable defensively lately, allowing their opponents a… steady stream of goals, while scoring some themselves as well.