Vitoria vs Cruzeiro
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 19 November 2017
Kick-off: : 20:00 CET
Vitoria scored first at Chapecoense midweek, and they were the ones who missed the last big chance of the game (a header on the post), but they lost 2-1, and given the total number of chances both teams created, this narrow Chape victory feels just about right, fair. It took Vitoria’s players some time to get used to the super heavy pitch in the second half (it had rained cats and dogs during halftime), and by the time they figured it out, they were 2-1 down (having gotten lucky, as the assistant referee disallowed a good Chape goal as offside). Vitoria were left at 39 points, meaning that now are level with Ponte Preta. What keeps them above the relegation line and Ponte below, is that their goal difference is -8, while Ponte’s is -11. The Salvador side have two of their three remaining games at home but, huge “but”, they are visiting Ponte Preta next weekend.
He was just one of the 26 guys who played in the game between Cruzeiro and Avai, and his goal was just one of the hundreds of goals that have been scored this season in the Serie A, but Judivan deserves a few lines… Two and a half years ago, playing for Brazil’s U20 national team in the World Cup, he got seriously injured by an Uruguayan player. Two and a half years ago. Believe it or not, he returned to action just last September, having had to undergo a series of surgeries, not just one or two. By “returned to action” I mean he was deemed clinically fit to play football again, but he had to wait another two months to be match-fit. Again Avai, he was sent in with 15 minutes to go. The score was 1-1. Three minutes later, Cruzeiro won a penalty (there was no penalty, but… whatever), and Judivan took it. Imagine, just try to imagine how this guy felt, playing for the first time since June 2015, and scoring in front of his team’s fans. The only thing that… spoiled it – a bit – for him, was that Avai equalized in added time (sending my “Cruzeiro and over 2.5 goals” tip to the garbage). If you’re a football fan, you should be feeling happy for the 22-year-old Brazilian.
Previous 5 matches:
Chapecoense vs Vitoria 2-1
Gremio vs Vitoria 1-1
Vitoria vs Palmeiras 3-1
Vasco da Gama vs Vitoria 1-1
Vitoria vs Atletico GO 1-1
Cruzeiro vs Avai 2-2
Cruzeiro vs Fluminense 3-1
Flamengo vs Cruzeiro 2-0
Cruzeiro vs Atletico PR 1-0
Palmeiras vs Cruzeiro 2-2
Vitoria’s next game is at Ponte Preta, next Sunday. Same day, Cruzeiro will be hosting Vasco da Gama (both Brazil Serie A matches).
Vitoria vs Cruzeiro: Head to head Stats
Cruzeiro have five wins in a row at Vitoria. Last time the Salvador side managed to get something out of a home game against Cruzeiro was back in 2009, a 3-3 draw. Two of the visitors’ five wins went over 2.5 goals.
Vitoria vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
I don’t expect Vitoria to lose, but I don’t trust them enough to suggest their win without the safety net of “draw no bet”. Then, it pays too little. I’m left with the choice of betting on goals, coming from both sides.
Vitoria vs Cruzeiro: Betting Tips
“Both teams to score” pays 1.95, which I consider very good for such a tricky game.
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