Atletico Mineiro vs Santos
Competition: Copa do Brasil
Date: 16 May 2019
Kick-off: 00:15 CET
The superstitious ones among Atlético Mineiro’s fans must be… freaking out; the Belo Horizonte side have never eliminated Santos in “mata-matas”, as they call in Brazil the home and away clashes. Last weekend, O Galo hosted Palmeiras, coming from four wins in a row, three in Brazil’s Série A, and one in Copa Libertadores. Atlético looked well in the first half, but just before going to the dressing room they conceded, and in the second half you could tell that they had a better team opposite them. They ended up losing 0-2, and after that, according to reports, several players complained about playing as hosts at Mineirão, instead of Independência. Neither of the two belongs to Atlético, they hope to have their own home ready in two to three years, but Independência is much smaller than Mineirão, and Atlético’s results there are usually better.
Santos were the far better team on the pitch last weekend, when they hosted Vasco da Gama, and were deservedly left with all three points, taking a 2-0 lead at halftime, and adding a third one in the second half. Argentinian coach Jorge Sampaoli has all his players at his disposal, except to one; left-back Felipe Jonatan has already played for Ceará in Copa do Brasil this season, so unfortunately for him, he is not allowed to appear for a second team in the competition this year. According to reports, Santos will start with Everson, Lucas Veríssimo (or Jean Lucas), Felipe Aguilar, Gustavo Henrique, Victor Ferraz, Diego Pituca, Carlos Sánchez, Jorge, Rodrygo, Eduardo Sasha (or Jean Mota) and Soteldo.
Previous five matches:
Atletico Mineiro vs Palmeiras 0-2
Zamora vs Atletico Mineiro 1-2
Ceara vs Atletico Mineiro 1-2
Vasco da Gama vs Atletico Mineiro 1-2
Atletico Mineiro vs Avai 2-1
Santos vs Vasco da Gama 3-0
CSA vs Santos 0-0
Santos vs Fluminense 2-1
Gremio vs Santos 1-2
Vasco da Gama vs Santos 2-1
Atlético are hosting Flamengo on Saturday. Same day, Santos will be visiting Palmeiras (both Serie A matches).
Atletico Mineiro vs Santos: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Atlético, one for Santos, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Belo Horizonte.
Atletico Mineiro vs Santos: Prediction
Detail: the game is held at Independência, not Mineirão. The hosts are considered favorites to win, but I like Santos’ chances of leaving Belo Horizonte undefeated.
Atletico Mineiro vs Santos: Betting Tips
Santos’ win in “draw no bet” is at 2.20. Their double chance pays 1.62, or 2.05, if combined with “under 3.5 goals.