Atletico Mineiro vs Avai
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: 8 June 2017
Kick-off: 00:30 CET
Atletico Mineiro have excuses for their three draws so far, even for their home defeat to Fluminense, but if they fail to beat Avai they will have really no excuse, not even the fact that they are playing with more than half a dozen players missing. Center-back Leonardo Silva, right-back Marcos Rocha, defensive midfielder Adilson, all three are injured and unavailable. Attacking midfielders Juan Cazares and Romulo Otero will also be missing, having joined their national team (of Ecuador and Venezuela respectively). Right-back Carlos Cesar and left winger Luan have been out for some time now, so their absence is nothing new. At least central midfielder Elias should be able to play, having left behind him some muscular problem. Also, right winger Valdivia should play some role in the game, having just joined the team on loan from Internacional.
Avai earned their first victory of the season over Sport Recife, bouncing back from consecutive defeats at Sao Paulo and Chapecoense. Coach Claudinei Oliveira answered several questions about Maicon in the Press conference after their 1-0 win on Saturday, pretty much saying that the famous right-back will play when it’s time, when he’s really fully fit, and when the team will need him the most, as if saying that not even Maicon has a spot guaranteed in the first eleven, no matter if he is… Maicon. Generally, Avai have chosen to go for experience, they have several players who are 35 or older, and remains to be seen how this will work out in the process.
Atletico Mineiro vs Avai: Head-to-head Stats
Since 2010, Atletico have hosted Avai three times (the visitors spent some seasons in the Serie B), and they’ve beaten them 2-0 on each occasion.
Atletico Mineiro vs Avai: Prediction
As previously mentioned, Atletico will have no excuse if they fail to beat Avai, regardless of several players missing. The difference in the rosters of the two teams is such, that Atletico really need to commit football suicide to drop points in this game.
Atletico Mineiro vs Avai: Tips
A simple Atletico win pays just 1.25. Avai have looked very weak in most of their away games lately, scoring just once in their last four games. To double my money, I would bet on Atletico to win and also keep a clean sheet. This pays exactly 2.00.