Chapecoense vs Cruzeiro
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 11 September 2017
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Losing to Corinthians at home, with a last-minute goal, was… almost ok. Losing to Avai in Florianopolis, wasn’t. Chapecoense continue playing with fire, remaining right below the relegation line. During the international break they traveled to Europe again, lost to Roma in a friendly game, looking again very vulnerable defensively. On Wednesday they are hosting Flamengo in a Copa Sudamericana last 16 match, it’s the first leg, Chape are the current titleholders so they are obviously very much eager to retain the title, or at least reach the semis, but 22 game weeks in the Serie A have already passed, that’s more than half, and every week that passes from now on, the threat of getting relegated will look more and more real, if they don’t up their game.
What Cruzeiro wanted in the first leg of the Copa do Brasil final against Flamengo midweek, was to avoid losing. De Arrascaeta’s goal in the 84th minute secured them a 1-1 draw, a good result to take back home. Actually, Flamengo’s goal a little earlier shouldn’t have been allowed (the referee and his assistant missed it), but Mano Menezes admitted after the match that his Cruzeiro didn’t deserve to win, saying that a draw was just fair, given the way both teams played. Good thing for Cruzeiro is that they are not playing again in a few days. Their next game is next weekend.
Previous 5 matches:
Roma vs Chapecoense 4-1
Avai vs Chapecoense 1-0
Chapecoense vs Corinthians 0-1
Palmeiras vs Chapecoense 0-2
Urawa Reds vs Chapecoense 1-0
Flamengo vs Cruzeiro 1-1
Londrina vs Cruzeiro 2-2
Cruzeiro vs Gremio 2-0
Cruzeiro vs Santos 1-1
Cruzeiro vs Gremio 1-0
Chapecoense are hosting Flamengo on Wednesday, first leg of a Copa Sudamericana last 16 tie. Cruzeiro are playing again next Sunday, at home, against Bahia, a Serie A match.
Chapecoense vs Cruzeiro: Head to head Stats
One win for Chape, one for Cruzeiro, and three draws, in the last five games between these two in Chapeco. Only one game went over 2.5 goals.
Chapecoense vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
Another game in which I don’t see a clear favorite. Betting on goals looks equally risky to me. Everything considered, I’m going with draw.
Chapecoense vs Cruzeiro: Betting Tips
Draw pays 2.95. Draw and under 2.5 goals pays even better.
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