Chapecoense vs Atletico Paranaense
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: 9 July 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
After losing four games in a row (three in the championship and one in the Copa Sudamericana), Chapecoense were perfectly fine with drawing 3-3 at Fluminense last weekend, in an absolutely crazy match. Chape went from 1-0 down to leading 2-1 before halftime. In the 72th minute they got equalized, eight minutes later they were reduced to ten men, but right after that they took the lead again(!). In added time, Fluminense equalized for a second time. Despite the positive result in Rio de Janeiro, coach Vágner Mancini got fired, and Vinícius Eutrópio has been hired in his place. Right winger Rossi got sent off at Fluminense last weekend and is unavailable. The 24-year-old has played in all but one games so far in the championship, has scored two goals, and his absence is definitely going to hurt Chape.
From bad to worse… Ten days ago, Atletico got thrashed 4-0 in the first leg of their Copa do Brasil quarterfinal against Gremio, and are practically down and out in that competition. Next, came a 1-0 defeat at Sport, in the championship. Midweek, the… ‘awesome’ atmosphere at the club turned even ‘greater’, after their 3-2 lose at home to Santos, in the first leg of a Copa Libertadores last 16 tie. Adding injury to insult, attacking midfielder Carlos Alberto got injured again. He has spent time sidelined, he returned to action midweek against Santos, but after the game it became known that he had suffered yet another muscle injury that will keep him out for an undetermined period of time.
Chapecoense vs Atletico Paranaense: Head-to-head Stats
The last three games between these two in Chapeco have ended without a winner, and all three have stayed under 2.5 goals (1-1, 0-0, 0-0).
Chapecoense vs Atletico Paranaense: Prediction
Chapecoense showed signs of improvement last weekend, plus, they have a new coach. These two, combined with Atletico’s pitiful form, lead me to expect a win of the hosts, most probably a narrow one.
Chapecoense vs Atletico Paranaense: Tips
Chapecoense’s win pays 1.75. ‘Chapecoense and under 2.5 goals’ is at 3.60, and 1-0 as exact final score pays 6.00.