Chapecoense vs Avai
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: 30 May 2017
Kick-off: 01:00 CET
Another… emotional roller-coaster for Chapecoense. Ten days ago they beat Lanus in Argentina, fielding a player they knew he was suspended, and then spending days insisting that everything was ok. Of course, it wasn’t. Last weekend they beat Palmeiras in the championship, a second great result, after the 1-1 at Corinthians on the first day of the Serie A. Then, came the last game of the Copa Libertadores group stage, against Zulia. About three hours before kick-off, CONMEBOL -finally- announced their decision, three points were deducted from Chapecoense, given to Lanus, the Brazilians were out of the Copa Libertadores, regardless of what they would do against the Venezuelan side. They were losing 1-0 until the added time started, and… miraculously they made it 2-1, to finish at least third, and earn the right to continue in the Copa Sudamericana. The game against Zulia brought bad news as well, though. Center-back Nathan got injured, and will stay sidelined for three weeks. There is even worse. Right-back Joao Pedro got even more seriously injured, will have to undergo surgery, and is still not clear when he’ll be back. Both of them will miss this game, the one against Cruzeiro on Thursday, the return leg of their Copa do Brasil tie, and several more games.
Avai have started the Serie A campaign poorly, drawing to Vitoria at home, and losing at Sao Paulo. They are desperately trying to strengthen their squad, not acting shy in offering good money to well-known players. Maicon, who has been training with Botafogo for over a month, thanked Avai for their offer, implied that he will continue his career in the US, but later on he posted something in an account of his that left a window open for Avai. It should be mentioned that either way his family lives in Florianopolis, Avai’s home city. Thiago Ribeiro, a striker in his early 30s, is ready to leave Santos, and Avai have knocked on his door as well, despite the fact that he has the third biggest salary at Santos. It remains to be seen who will accept to play in a team that for sure will fight to stay in the Serie A, and not much more than that.
Chapecoense vs Avai: Head-to-head Stats
The two teams have already faced each other four times in 2017, in the Catarinense championship. They got two wins each, one at home and one away.
Chapecoense vs Avai: Prediction
The only reason I’m hesitating to predict a Chapecoense win is because they have been playing twice a week for way too long now. They have already played seven games in May. Avai, on the other hand, have played just three. Everything considered, I’m backing the visitors not to lose.
Chapecoense vs Avai: Tips
‘Draw or Avai’ is at 1.95, and I prefer it to the 1.85 that a tired, exhausted, drained out from the back-to-back games Chapecoense pays if they win.