Goias vs Gremio
Competition: Copa do Brasil
Date: 26 April 2018
Kick-off: 02:30 CET
Goiás’ coach, Hélio dos Anjos, talked to a Porto Alegre newspaper before this game against Gremio, and pretty much said that his team have no fear, and very little pressure. Gremio are the huge favorites to qualify, leaving Goiás, a Série B side, rather… free to play their football the best they can, hoping for a mini miracle. Striker Júnior Viçosa, Goiás’ number 9, is out due to an injury, a blow to the hosts. They won their State championship earlier this month, they eliminated Avaí from the Copa do Brasil, but they have started the championship really badly, losing both matches. Last weekend it was at home, a 2-0 defeat to Figueirense. Their coach said he tried to rotate the squad a bit, implying that his bench is simply not… deep enough to “deliver” as well as the regulars.
The fact that Gremio are a… step ahead of most other teams in the continent, including Brazil, is reflected on how they traveled to Goiânia for this game. Instead of taking regular flights, the club chartered a plane and made the trip in the shortest time possible. They have three games in seven days in three different competitions, so they wanted to spare the team from spending hours and hours on planes and airports waiting for connecting flights. Luan is back, and he said that he understands his coach’s choice to rotate the team, but he wants to play in all three games this coming week, feeling perfectly fit to cope with 270 minutes. According to reports, Leo Moura, Geromel, Arthur, Cortez and Everton are the five regulars that will sit out. Be reminded, this is the first of two legs, so Gremio still have the return leg at home. They come from back-to-back goalless draws at Cerro Porteño and at home against Atlético Paranaense, but in both games they left good impressions.
Previous five matches:
Goias vs Figueirense 0-2
Goias vs Avai 2-0
CSA vs Goias 2-1
Avai vs Goias 2-2
Goias vs Aparecidense 3-1
Gremio vs Atletico Paranaense 0-0
Cerro Porteno vs Gremio 0-0
Cruzeiro vs Gremio 0-1
Brasil de Pelotas vs Gremio 0-3
Gremio vs Monagas 4-0
Goiás’ next game is at São Bento, on Saturday (Série B). Same day, Grêmio will be visiting Botafogo (Série A).
Goias vs Gremio: Head to head Stats
One win each, and three draws, in the last five games between these two with Goiás as hosts. All five matches stayed under 2.5 goals.
Goias vs Gremio: Prediction
Goiás’ pitch used to be smaller than most others, but as of 2016 the dimensions have been adjusted to the norm. The climatic conditions tend to be a problem for visiting teams, but this game starts at 7:30pm, local time, so it should be ok for Gremio. All things considered, I’m backing the visitors to win the game.
Goias vs Gremio: Betting Tips
Gremio’s victory pays 1.85 and is my main tip. Acting a bit greedy, I would combine it with over 2.5 goals, tempted by its 3.50. Gremio will play with several reserves, but even their “second best” are wonderful players, always waiting for a chance to show things.
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