Sport Recife vs Ponte Preta
Competition: Copa Sudamericana
Date: 14 September 2017
Kick-off: 00:15 CET
The news is almost… shocking. For days now, there were rumors that Sport Recife were considering firing Vanderlei Luxemburgo, hoping that a change of coach would act like an “electroshock” to the team, and help them snap out of the… lethargy they seem to have fallen into. Turns out, Luxemburgo not only is not getting fired, but a couple of days ago he signed a new contract(!!), until the end of 2018(!!). The exclamation marks wouldn’t be there if this was another country we would be “talking” about, not Brazil. In a country where coaches get fired after 4-5 consecutive bad results, the fact that a club decided to extend its coach’s contract until the end of next season, in the middle of a period of very poor form, is… yes, almost “shocking”. Last weekend, Sport lost again, at home, 1-0 to Avai. The club is so desperate to attract as many fans as possible to the stadium for this game, that the cheapest tickets cost close to nothing, 10 BRL (about 2.70 euros) for members, and 15 BRL for non-members.
Big draw for Ponte Preta last weekend at Sao Paulo. They managed to salvage a point, despite the fact that in the 57th minute they saw Sao Paulo score a second goal, making it 2-0. Six minutes later, Jucilei got sent off, Sao Paulo were left with ten men, Ponte Preta won a penalty, they took advantage of it, and in the 75th minute they equalized as well. Actually, given how the game looked in the last 25-30 minutes, they could have even won it. Even the draw though, was a positive result for the visitors. Ponte Preta have already eliminated Gimnasia La Plata and Sol de America in this season’s Copa Sudamericana, drawing twice against the former (they qualified thanks to the away goal rule), and beating twice the latter. They have already done much better than two years ago, when they got eliminated in the first round, and they seem eager to try repeat their 2013 success, when they reached the final (but lost the title to Lanus).
Previous five matches:
Sport Recife vs Avai 0-1
Gremio vs Sport Recife 5-0
Cruzeiro vs Sport Recife 2-0
Sport Recife vs Ponte Preta 0-0
Corinthians vs Sport Recife 3-1
Sao Paulo vs Ponte Preta 2-2
Ponte Preta vs Atletico Mineiro 1-2
Ponte Preta vs Botafogo 2-1
Sport Recife vs Ponte Preta 0-0
Ponte Preta vs Fluminense 0-0
Recife’s next game is on Sunday at Flamengo. A day earlier, Ponte Preta will be hosting Atletico Goianiense. Both are Brazil Serie A matches.
Sport Recife vs Ponte Preta: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Sport and two draws, in the last five games between these two in Recife. Two of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Sport Recife vs Ponte Preta: Prediction
You keep expecting Sport Recife to… snap out of it, get back to doing well at least defensively, but they keep disappointing, game in game out. They could perfectly win this game, but given their super poor form, I have to back Ponte Preta to leave Recife undefeated.
Sport Recife vs Ponte Preta: Betting Tips
Sport’s win pays 1.85, and Ponte Preta’s double chance is at 1.87 betting odds. Between the two, I feel the latter represents better value, so I’m backing the visitors to earn at least a draw.
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