Bahia vs Cruzeiro
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 20 July 2019
Kick-off: 22:00 CET
Disappointment… More than 45,000 people went to Fonte Nova on Wednesday to see Bahia qualify for the Copa do Brasil semifinals, they had a 1-1 draw in Porto Alegre against Gremio to build on, but as I mentioned back then, I saw Gremio qualify, and they did, beating Bahia 0-1. Last weekend, another game in which I had very little faith in Bahia, suggesting “under 1.5” and Santos’ double chance combined with “under 2.5 goals”. Bahia lost 0-1, getting stuck to 14 points, 11th in the table. Roger Machado praised his players midweek, after their elimination from Gremio, for the… heart they put in, but admitted that the performance was simply not good enough to beat such a strong rival. Bahia need to bounce back, and one thing they have going for them is that Cruzeiro have a huge Copa Libertadores game coming up.
Cruzeiro were considered big favorites to beat Botafogo at home last weekend, but I didn’t trust them, suggesting Botafogo’s double chance (2.40) and the same combined with “under 2.5 goals”. The game ended in a goalless draw, which earned Cruzeiro just one point. They are on nine, 17th in the table, right below the relegation line. Midweek, they visited city rivals Atlético Mineiro, having beaten them 3-0 in the first leg of their Copa do Brasil quarterfinal tie. I had a 2-1 hunch, Cruzeiro lost 2-0, but they still qualified. Mind you, this is the fourth year in a row that Cruzeiro reach the Copa do Brasil semifinals. The last two years they went all the way and lifted the trophy. As previously mentioned, the Belo Horizonte side have a huge Copa Libertadores game coming up, on Tuesday, in Buenos Aires, against River Plate. Mano Menezes is expected to field a totally alternative lineup in Salvador, “protecting” all his regulars.
Previous five matches:
Bahia vs Gremio 0-1
Bahia vs Santos 0-1
Gremio vs Bahia 1-1
Internacional vs Bahia 3-1
Ceara vs Bahia 0-0
Atletico Mineiro vs Cruzeiro 2-0
Cruzeiro vs Botafogo 0-0
Cruzeiro vs Atletico Mineiro 3-0
Cruzeiro vs America Mineiro 1-2
Fortaleza vs Cruzeiro 2-1
Bahia’s next game is at Chapecoense, next weekend (Serie A). Cruzeiro are visiting River Plate on Tuesday (Copa Libertadores).
Bahia vs Cruzeiro: Head to head Stats
One Bahia win, three for Cruzeiro, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Salvador.
Bahia vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
With Cruzeiro having “reserves” in their starting lineup, I think it’s worth risking with Bahia’s win.
Bahia vs Cruzeiro: Betting Tips
Bahia’s victory pays 1.93. Their double chance combined with “under 2.5 goals” is at 1.91.