Luverdense vs Santos
Competition: Copa do Brasil
Date: 18 May 2018
Kick-off: 00:15 CET
Modest Luverdense took the lead in the 11th minute last week at Santos, and stayed at 1-1 until the 59th minute, but in the last half hour they simply… collapsed. They lost 5-1, and truth is, things could have been much-much worse, as Santos missed more than a dozen chances, two of those even before Luverdense took the lead. Last weekend they beat Volta Redonda 4-1 at home, their second win in five Série C games thus far this season. Their coach seems to be having a dilemma, regarding his lineup. He wants his best players to be as “fresh” as possible on Sunday, when they visit Tupi, but at the same time, he knows this is a unique chance for his team’s fans to see Santos, and of course they expect their team to do the best they can. Playing with reserves, Luverdense risk getting humiliated at home.
Victor Ferraz, Dodô, Alison, Rodrygo and Gabigol, five key Santos players who didn’t travel with the group for the game at Luverdense, not because there is something wrong with them, but simply because coach Jair Ventura chose to rest them. That 5-1 from last week has Santos practically qualified for the Copa do Brasil quarterfinals, they are about to face Sao Paulo in the Série A, so they can… afford to rest key players. David Braz, Bruno Henrique, Guilherme Nunes and Renato are also out, due to injuries. Still, if you follow Brazilian football, you will recognize several names in Santos’ probable starting lineup: Vanderlei, Daniel Guedes, Lucas Veríssimo, Gustavo Henrique, Caju, Yuri, Jean Mota (or Léo Cittadini), Vitor Bueno, Arthur Gomes, Copete (or Yuri Alberto) and Eduardo Sasha. Many quality players there, players who would be regulars in many, if not most, Série A teams.
Previous five matches:
Luverdense vs Volta Redonda 4-1
Santos vs Luverdense 5-1
Ypiranga Erechim vs Luverdense 1-0
Luverdense vs Tombense 2-0
Luverdense vs Botafogo SP 1-2
Santos vs Parana 3-1
Santos vs Luverdense 5-1
Gremio vs Santos 5-1
Club Nacional vs Santos 1-0
Santos vs Estudiantes 2-0
Luverdense’s next game is at Tupi, on Sunday (Série C). Same day, Santos will be facing Sao Paulo (Série A).
Luverdense vs Santos: Head to head Stats
Last week’s game was the first ever between these two.
Luverdense vs Santos: Prediction
I expect Santos’ reserves to make the most of the chance they are given to play, and to win this game.
Luverdense vs Santos: Betting Tips
Santos’ win pays 2.10. For more than that, I would risk with “Santos and over 2.5 goals”, at 2.80 betting odds.