Atletico Paranaense vs Vitoria
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: 25 June 2017
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Third consecutive win for Atletico Paranaense, third consecutive 1-0. Their coach, Eduardo Baptista, revealed that the team had a good talk in the dressing room after their last defeat, to Santos, at home, two weeks ago. After that, Atletico haven’t conceded in three matches, and even though offensively they have been anything but impressive, they have earned the results they wanted. Important detail: Atletico are traveling to Gremio on Wednesday, for the first leg of their Copa do Brasil quarterfinal. Baptista said that the game against Vitoria is no less important, but… common sense dictates that a simple championship game relatively early in the season cannot be as important as a practically knock-out match.
Vitoria had scored seven goals in their last three games before hosting Santos the other day, but taking a big-big risk I backed the visitors not just to avoid defeat, but to keep a clean sheet, something that paid 3.25. Vitoria failed to score indeed, and ended up losing 2-0. In their last away game, at Sport Recife, they put an end to a series of bad results, and finally picked up a win, a big one, 3-1, surprising even their own fans. Vitoria must be wishing they had met Atletico Paranaense a bit earlier in the season, when the Curitiba team were struggling to earn a point. They are… unlucky to be facing them now that Atletico have a streak of victories and convincing displays, at least defensively.
Atletico Paranaense vs Vitoria: Head-to-head Stats
Two wins for Atletico, two for Vitoria, and one draw, in the last five games between these two in Curitiba.
Atletico Paranaense vs Vitoria: Prediction
Despite the fact that Atletico have a big game coming up in the Copa do Brasil, they are still favorites to win. I have my doubts, seeing how marginally they’ve won their last three games, so personally I’d choose something else to bet on, not a win of theirs.
Atletico Paranaense vs Vitoria: Tips
Atletico’s win pays 1.70. Keeping a clean sheet is at 2.25. If they keep a clean sheet and win, they will pay 2.75. My main tip on this game is that 2.25, Atletico to keep a clean sheet. I can see them score once, but I’m unwilling to take the extra risk, so, 2.25.