Chapecoense vs Avai
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 19 August 2019
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Chapecoense got destroyed by Ceará last weekend, losing 4-1 in Fortaleza, playing without their top scorer, Everaldo. He had to serve a one-match ban, so he is back. Before Saturday’s matches, Chape were 18th in the table, below the relegation line, but as Camilo, their experienced attacking midfielder told reporters, in cases like this, “a single win can change a lot”, mostly mentally. Chapecoense have sold less tickets than any other Serie A team this season, so the club decided to offer some at discounted prices, hoping to attract more fans, mostly families, to the stadium. Despite their poor performance and embarrassing 4-1 defeat last weekend, coach Emerson Cris is expected to make just one change to his starting lineup, having Everaldo back in.
Avaí went super close to earning their first victory of the season last weekend, they took the lead twice over Cruzeiro at home, but they got equalized as many times, even in added time. They were and remained at the bottom of the table, now on six points from 14 matches, six behind Fluminense, the first team above the relegation line. Centre-back Betão and attackers Lourenço and Bruno Sávio missed training on Thursday, all three dealing with injury problems, but on Friday it was decided that all three would travel to Chapecó, and Alberto Valentim would wait for them until the last moment. Avaí’s coach admitted in a Press conference that it’s three “special” players who are difficult to substitute, hence his decision to try have them on the pitch, even if he has to wait until an hour before kickoff. Avaí reporters expect the team to start with Vladimir, Iury, Kunde, Marquinhos Silva, Igor Fernandes, Pedro Castro, Richard Franco, Wesley, Caio Paulista, João Paulo and Brenner, unless some of the three in question manage to play.
Previous five matches:
Ceara vs Chapecoense 4-1
Gremio vs Chapecoense 3-3
Chapecoense vs Bahia 0-0
Sao Paulo vs Chapecoense 4-0
Chapecoense vs Atletico Mineiro 1-2
Avai vs Cruzeiro 2-2
Avai vs Botafogo 0-2
Santos vs Avai 3-1
Avai vs Goias 0-0
Fortaleza vs Avai 2-0
Chape’s next game is at Botafogo, next weekend. Avaí will be hosting Corinthians (both Serie A matches).
Chapecoense vs Avai: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Chape and two for Avaí in the last five games between these two in Chapecó.
Chapecoense vs Avai: Prediction
When two teams below the relegation line face each other, you have to expect a… battle. The hosts are considered favorites to win, but I would bet on goals instead.
Chapecoense vs Avai: Betting Tips
“Under 1.5” is at 2.60. “Under 2.5 goals” pays just 1.55, but goes up to 2,45 if combined with Avaí’s double chance.