Ceara vs Gremio
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 20 May 2019
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Ceará equalized Goiás in Goiania last weekend with 13 minutes on the clock, it looked like they would salvage a point, but they conceded again in added time, and left the pitch empty-handed. It was their third defeat in a row, disappointing, after triumphing at home on their debut, in that 4-0 over newly-promoted CSA. Interestingly, Enderson Moreira, their coach, took total responsibility for their last bad results, telling reporters that he committed mistakes that cost the team. It remains to be seen how the players will respond, the guys who, to be fair, are as responsible as their coach. According to reports, Ceará will start this game with Diogo Silva, Samuel Xavier, Tiago Alves, Luiz Otávio, João Lucas, Fabinho, Pedro Ken, Thiago Galhardo, Leandro Carvalho, Bergson and Ricardo Bueno.
Gremio traveled to Ceará without several key players, some of whom are injured, and some not, but Renato Gaúcho felt that it would be better to give them a rest (it’s players who returned from injury recently, and are not fit enough yet to play two games in a row). Montoya, Luan, Maicon, Jean Pyerre, Paulo Miranda, Diego Tardelli, Kannemann, all stayed back (the latter is suspended, but either way, he is dealing with a back pain, and wouldn’t play). Gremio are expected to start with Paulo Victor, Leonardo, Geromel, Michel (or Rodrigues), Capixaba, Rômulo (or Michel), Matheus Henrique, Alisson, Thaciano, Everton (who just received an invitation from Brazil national coach Tite to be in the group of players who may appear in Copa América next month), and André. The Porto Alegre side drew 0-0 at Corinthians last weekend.
Previous five matches:
Goias vs Ceara 2-1
Ceara vs Atletico Mineiro 1-2
Cruzeiro vs Ceara 1-0
Ceara vs CSA 4-0
Ceara vs Fortaleza 0-1
Corinthians vs Gremio 0-0
Gremio vs Universidad Catolica 2-0
Gremio vs Fluminense 4-5
Avai vs Gremio 1-1
Gremio vs Santos 1-2
Ceará are visiting Avaí next weekend (Serie A). Gremio are visiting Juventude on Wednesday (Copa do Brasil).
Ceara vs Gremio: Head to head Stats
Last season, Gremio won 0-1 in Fortaleza. Before that, they had not visited Ceará since 2011 (3-0 for the hosts).
Ceara vs Gremio: Prediction
Gremio are considered favorites to win, but because of having traveled to Ceará without several important players, I have my doubts.
Ceara vs Gremio: Betting Tips
The hosts’ double chance is at 1.67. Combined with “under 2.5 goals”, the same pays 2.30. Last, Ceará’s win in “draw no bet” is at 2.40.