Atletico Paranaense vs Cruzeiro
Competition: Copa do Brasil
Date: 17 May 2018
Kick-off: 02:45 CET
As if their defeat at home to Atlético Mineiro last weekend weren’t enough to trouble Atlético Paranaense, the team seem to be obliged to host Cruzeiro without several key players. Attacking midfielder Nikão is dealing with a hand injury, missed the last training sessions, and is doubtful for this game. Midfielder Guilherme is definitely out, having accumulated three yellow cards. Defenders Paulo André and Jonathan are also doubtful, and Atlético’s problems don’t stop there. On top of injuries and suspensions, they will have to make do without attacking midfielders Felipe Gedoz and João Pedro as well, who, these last days, got transferred to Goiás and Botafogo respectively. Coach Fernando Diniz was ok with that, but it feels like Atlético’s roster could use a couple of quality additions.
Vastly experienced attacking midfielder Thiago Neves is one frustrated guy these days. He keeps leaving Cruzeiro’s training sessions earlier than normal, feeling all sorts of pains. According to the team’s medical staff, he is simply too tired, his body had had enough after back-to-back games, and now needs to take a step back, hoping to be available for the big Belo Horizonte derby the coming weekend, against city rivals Atlético Mineiro. Cruzeiro beat Sport Recife 2-0 at home last weekend, their fourth win in their last five games, in which they have kept a clean sheet, in all five(!).
Previous five matches:
Atletico Paranaense vs Atletico Mineiro 1-2
Newell’s Old Boys vs Atletico Paranaense 2-1
Atletico Paranaense vs Palmeiras 1-3
Bahia vs Atletico Paranaense 0-0
Gremio vs Atletico Paranaense 0-0
Cruzeiro vs Sport Recife 2-0
Cruzeiro vs Botafogo 1-0
Vasco da Gama vs Cruzeiro 0-4
Internacional vs Cruzeiro 0-0
Cruzeiro vs Universidad de Chile 7-0
Cruzeiro’s next game is on Saturday, versus city rivals Atlético Mineiro. Atlético Paranaense will be visiting Fluminense on Sunday (both Brazil Série A matches).
Atletico Paranaense vs Cruzeiro: Head to head Stats
One win for Atlético, two for Cruzeiro, and two draws, in the last five games between these two in Curitiba.
Atletico Paranaense vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
Cruzeiro haven’t conceded a single goal in five matches. This is the first leg, in a competition where the away goals don’t make a difference (the away-goal rule doesn’t apply). All things considered, I’m backing the hosts to earn at least a draw.
Atletico Paranaense vs Cruzeiro: Betting Tips
Atlético’s win in “draw no bet” is at 1.72. Their double chance pays just 1.42. Leaving winners and losers aside, “under 2.5 goals” is at 1.61. None of those three is really tempting, but these are the only suggestions I feel comfortable making.
More Copa do Brasil betting tips and match previews:
- Chapecoense vs Atletico Mineiro
- Luverdense vs Santos