Atletico Paranaense vs Coritiba
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 10 September 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
Atletico Paranaense were disappointing in their last game before the international break, losing 2-0 at Flamengo practically with their hands down. Fla scored both goals in the first half hour, and Atletico proved unable to respond, despite the fact that the hosts were playing with several reserves. Argentine midfielder Lucho Gonzalez is expected to start the game, not having played in a month, since Atletico’s 1-0 defeat at Santos. He is one of the hosts’ most experienced players, and talking to reporters he looked super excited about returning to action, and, furthermore, in an “Atletiba”, as they call in Curitiba the local derby between Atletico and Coritiba, the two biggest teams of the city.
“Under 1.5” was my main tip on Coritiba’s home game against Vitoria just before the international break, it was paying 3,00, and it did have just one goal, scored by Vitoria. Three players were sent off in the last 10 minutes of the match, two of those were Coritiba’s. Center-back Márcio and central midfielder Anderson received those red cards, and are obviously missing this derby. Center-forward Kléber is finally-finally back, after having his… endless ban reduced (somewhat). Coritiba is just above the relegation zone, but a win over Atletico will push them almost in striking distance from the spots that earn teams a ticket to next season’s Copa Libertadores. The Brazil Serie A is that crazy.
Previous 5 matches:
Flamengo vs Atletico PR 2-0
Gremio vs Atletico PR 0-0
Atletico PR vs Bahia 4-1
Santos vs Atletico PR 1-0
Palmeiras vs Atletico PR 0-1
Coritiba vs Vitoria 0-1
Coritiba vs Santos 0-0
Atletico GO vs Coritiba 1-0
Coritiba vs Chapecoense 2-0
Sao Paulo vs Coritiba 1-2
Atletico’s next game is again at home, versus Fluminense, next Sunday. A day later, Coritiba will be visiting Palmeiras.
Atletico Paranaense vs Coritiba: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Atletico and two for Coritiba in the last five games between these two with Atletico as hosts. Three of those five matches stayed under 2.5 goals.
Atletico Paranaense vs Coritiba: Prediction
First things first, this is a huge local derby, one of the… five biggest ones in Brazil, after those of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre. In a local derby, the “unexpected” factor is always even bigger than normal. Everything considered though, I feel Atletico should win, despite how poor they looked in their last game (Coritiba were even worse against Vitoria).
Atletico Paranaense vs Coritiba: Betting Tips
Atletico Paranaense’s win pays 1.80. It’s not… mind-blowing, but it’s good enough I reckon, given that this is a super tricky local derby.
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