Chapecoense vs Fortaleza
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 19 May 2019
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
If you look only at the score of Chapecoense’s game at Flamengo last weekend, that 2-1, you may be left with the impression that the Chapecó side gave Fla a scare, but in reality, the Rio de Janeiro giants did not… worry that much; Chape went 1-0 down less than 10 minutes into the game, 2-0 down early in the second half, and that goal they scored came very late, in added time, when everything was already pretty much decided. At home though, they have been very good thus far; 2-0 win (a surprise, no doubt) against Internacional on their Serie A debut, 1-1 draw with Copa Libertadores last 16 team Athletico Paranaense. Their coach, Ney Franco, told reporters that there will be two or three changes, and implied that the starting lineup will be composed by Tiepo, Caíque Sá (or Bryan), Gum, Douglas, Bruno Pacheco, Elicarlos, Márcio Araújo, Augusto, Régis, Everaldo and Rildo.
“It’s tiring to play well but not score”, Rogério Ceni told reporters, meaning mentally, it’s tiring mentally for a player (and the coaching staff) to play well, create chances, but fail to send the ball in, as if all the good effort was in vain. Foartaleza drew with Athletico Paranaense midweek at home, 0-0, in the first leg of their Copa do Brasil round of 16 tie. Last weekend they lost 0-1 at home to Sao Paulo. In both games, they could and should have scored, but… Their coach “announced” on Friday that there will be at least five changes to the lineup compared to midweek’s game, explaining that it’s impossible to have the same guys play every 3-4 days. Fortaleza have the Copa do Nordeste final coming up, first leg, it means a lot to them, that title, so with the Serie A season still young, Rogério Ceni has to… prioritize things accordingly. They are expected to start with Felipe Alves, Tinga, Roger Carvalho, Juan Quintero, Carlinhos, Felipe, Juninho, Edinho, Osvaldo (or Marcinho), Wellington Paulista and Kieza.
Previous five matches:
Flamengo vs Chapecoense 2-1
Chapecoense vs Athletico Paranaense 1-1
Corinthians vs Chapecoense 1-0
Chapecoense vs Internacional 2-0
Corinthians vs Chapecoense 2-0
Fortaleza vs Athletico Paranaense 0-0
Fortaleza vs Sao Paulo 0-1
Fortaleza vs Santa Cruz 1-0
Botafogo vs Fortaleza 1-0
Fortaleza vs Athletico Paranaense 2-1
Chape are visiting Cruzeiro next weekend (Serie A). Fortaleza have the first leg of the Copa do Nordeste coming up, on Thursday, at home, against Botafogo PB.
Chapecoense vs Fortaleza: Head to head Stats
Chapecoense and Fortaleza have never played against each other before.
Chapecoense vs Fortaleza: Prediction
Chape had a whole week to get ready for this game, and don’t play again before next weekend. Fortaleza played midweek, and have another huge game coming up before next weekend.
Chapecoense vs Fortaleza: Betting Tips
I really like Chape’s chances of winning the game. At 2.08, I find it good enough to avoid taking a bigger risk, combining number of goals.