Atletico Paranaense vs Parana
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 23 September 2018
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Play with the regulars, play with reserves, or try a… mixture? That’s Tiago Nunes’ “tri-lemma”. Atlético Paranaense just beat Caracas in Venezuela, in the Copa Sudamericana, a 0-2 triumph that has practically already sent them to the next round of the competition, the quarterfinals. Things in the Série A are… weird, though. They are in the middle of the table, a single bad result away from starting flirting again with the relegation zone, but also another great result away from approaching the top-8, and a potential Copa Libertadores ticket. Up to 24 hours before kick-off, Tiago Nunes had not given clear signs of his intentions. Common logic says that he was waiting until the last moment, to see who among his regulars seemed really tired and close to having muscle problems, and who was ok enough to play against Paraná as well.
At the bottom of the table, on just 16 points from 25 matches, only 11 goals scored, worst in the league, eight defeats and three draws, no win, in their last 11 matches, it’s numbers like these that scream out loud, Paraná need a miracle to avoid relegation. Last weekend they lost 2-0 at Gremio, yet another game in which they looked almost absolutely harmless offensively. “If we score against Atlético, we are going to celebrate for whom?”, Paraná coach Claudinei Oliveira told reporters, commenting on the fact that only Atlético fans will be on the stands (Paraná are a Curitiba club as well, but not allowed by State authorities to have a part of the stands dedicated to their fans).
Previous five matches:
Caracas vs Atletico Paranaense 0-2
Atletico Paranaense vs Fluminense 3-1
Chapecoense vs Atletico Paranaense 2-1
Atletico Mineiro vs Atletico Paranaense 3-1
Palmeiras vs Atletico Paranaense 2-0
Gremio vs Parana 2-0
Parana vs Santos 0-2
Parana vs Chapecoense 1-1
Sport Recife vs Parana 1-0
Corinthians vs Parana 1-0
Atlético’s next game is at Santos, on Sunday. A day later, Paraná will be hosting Vasco da Gama (both Série A matches).
Atletico Paranaense vs Parana: Head to head Stats
Atlético Paranaense have three wins in a row over Paraná at home. Before that, the visitors had back-to-back victories themselves.
Atletico Paranaense vs Parana: Prediction
Even if the hosts play with some reserves, I still expect them to beat Paraná.
Atletico Paranaense vs Parana: Betting Tips
A simple Atlético win pays 1.60. Combined with a clean sheet, that goes up to 2.20. Paraná seem to be unable to score, even if they… win a penalty.