Ceara vs Cruzeiro
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 4 June 2018
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Ceará are… testing the patience of their fans. It’s not just that their results have been poor thus far, three draws and five defeats (no win yet), it’s mostly that there are large parts of every game in which several players look… detached from what is happening around them, either not… caring enough, or not knowing what they are supposed to do on the field. Jorginho, the coach that took over a couple of weeks ago, is asking for time, for people to stay patient, but Ceará are penultimate in the table, on just three points, having lost three Série A games in a row, including at Chapecoense, a few days ago. Central midfielder Juninho is injured, ruled out of this game. Left-back Rafael Carioca had his contract terminated. Two players are serving a doping ban (Luiz Otávio and Pedro Ken). Ceará are expected to start the game with Everson, Samuel Xavier, Valdo, Rafael Pereira, Romário, Fabinho, Pio, Richardson, Eder Luis (or Hyuri), Douglas Coutinho and Wescley.
Cruzeiro are one of the hottest teams in the country at the moment, having won eight of their last 10 matches in all competitions, drawn once, and lost just once, to Atlético Mineiro. Midweek, they beat Palmeiras 1-0 at home, being the better team on the pitch. Right midfielder Robinho is out due to cards. Defensive midfielder Henrique, left winger David, another left winger, Rafinha and center-forward Fred, are injured and unavailable. Last, but not least, attacking midfielder Giorgian de Arrascaeta is missing, on duty with Uruguay’s national team. Mano Menezes is expected to have Fábio, Edílson, Dedé, Léo, Egídio, Lucas Silva (or Ariel Cabral), Lucas Romero, Bruno Silva, Thiago Neves, Rafael Sobis and Sassá in the starting lineup.
Previous five matches:
Chapecoense vs Ceara 2-0
Ceara vs Gremio 0-1
Ceara vs CRB 0-0
Vitoria vs Ceara 2-1
Ceara vs America Mineiro 2-2
Cruzeiro vs Palmeiras 1-0
Santos vs Cruzeiro 0-1
Cruzeiro vs Racing Club 2-1
Atletico Mineiro vs Cruzeiro 1-0
Atletico Paranaense vs Cruzeiro 1-2
Ceará’s next game is at Botafogo, on Wednesday. Same day, Cruzeiro will be hosting Vasco da Gama (both Brazil Série A matches).
Ceara vs Cruzeiro: Head to head Stats
Last time Ceará hosted Cruzeiro was back in 2011. That Série A game ended in a 2-2 draw.
Ceara vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
Cruzeiro are considered favorites to win the game, but I have my doubts, despite their awesome form, and Ceará’s poor season thus far.
Ceara vs Cruzeiro: Betting Tips
Given that “under 2.5 goals” and “no” on “both teams to score” don’t pay more than 1.53 and 1.66 respectively, I’m risking with Cruzeiro’s win, despite my reservations. It’s at 2.00, or 3.00, combined with a clean sheet.