Corinthians vs Atletico Mineiro
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 2 September 2018
Kick-off: 02:00 CET
Huge disappointment for Corinthians, who just got eliminated from the Copa Libertadores. They did beat Colo-Colo in Sao Paulo, 2-1, but that goal they conceded made all the difference. They had lost 1-0 in Santiago, Chile, in the first leg, and they paid for their failure to score an away goal themselves. The… open-minded Corinthians fans, realize that this team is weakened, compared to the one that won the championship last season. The less willing to accept reality fans of Corinthians, keep their expectations high, even though it’s very obvious that this team has certain limitations. Corinthians are 16 whole points below leaders Sao Paulo in the championship, meaning that at this point, the Copa do Brasil is their best chance of success this season. They are facing Flamengo in the semifinals, with the return leg at home. Winger Clayson received a two-match ban for throwing water at Chapecoense fans, after getting substituted in the game against the Chapecó team. He’s missing this game, and the next one against Ceará.
What a punch on the face for Atlético Mineiro that defeat was last weekend, at Vitória. The team that has scored more goals than any other in this championship, failed to score past a team whose defense is among the most vulnerable in the league. Actually, it was the second game in a row they failed to score, after their 0-0 draw at home with Vasco da Gama, three days earlier. Center-back Léo Silva is back from suspension. Winger Chará missed a couple of training sessions down with a flu, and is unclear if he will be available in this match. Atlético are 11 points behind leaders Sao Paulo, but if we are to believe their players who talked to reporters in the last two training sessions, they believe they can still fight for the title.
Previous five matches:
Corinthians vs Colo-Colo 2-1
Corinthians vs Parana 1-0
Fluminense vs Corinthians 1-0
Corinthians vs Gremio 0-1
Chapecoense vs Corinthians 0-1
Vitoria vs Atletico Mineiro 1-0
Atletico Mineiro vs Vasco da Gama 0-0
Botafogo vs Atletico Mineiro 0-3
Atletico Mineiro vs Santos 3-1
Atletico Mineiro vs Internacional 0-1
Corinthians’ next game is at Ceará, on Wednesday. Same day, Atlético will be hosting Sao Paulo (both Série A matches).
Corinthians vs Atletico Mineiro: Head to head Stats
The last two games between these two in Sao Paulo ended in a draw. Before that, Corinthians had three wins in a row at home over Atlético.
Corinthians vs Atletico Mineiro: Prediction
Corinthians have to rest regulars, at least some. Atlético will play with the best players they have available. I’m backing the visitors to leave Sao Paulo undefeated.
Corinthians vs Atletico Mineiro: Betting Tips
Atlético’s win in “draw no bet” is at 2.00, and their double chance at 1.55.