Cruzeiro vs Atletico Mineiro
Competition: Copa do Brasil
Date: 12 July 2019
Kick-off: 01:00 CET
Things could be much-much better at Cruzeiro… Before the Copa América break, their biggest source of concern was sitting below the relegation line in the championship. Now… Just a couple of days ago, the Police stormed the club’s headquarters and confiscated computers, mobile phones, and all sorts of documents, all part of an investigation targeting high-profile club officials. That aside, there is a delay in payments, which has done nothing to improve things in the dressing room. Also, experienced attacking midfielder Rodriguinho has to undergo surgery to solve an… annoying problem that has been bugging him since April, and it’s unknown when he’ll return to action. You see why the first sentence of this paragraph was “things could be much-much better at Cruzeiro…”
Rodrigo Santana took over back in April as an interim coach, but three months down the road, here he is, still in charge. His main… task these last days was to clear something out to his players; Cruzeiro’s problems off the pitch are not making them any less strong. Victor, Patric, Igor Rabello, Réver, Fábio Santos, Zé Welison, Elias, Chará, Luan, Cazares and Alerrandro, these should be the first 11, the same first 11 Santana has been working with for days now. You could call him predictable, or, depending on your point of view, confident, knowing exactly what he wants to do in this game, and which players he considers best suited to get the job done. Defensive midfielder Adilson has been given some days off to sort out some “personal issues”.
Previous five matches:
Cruzeiro vs America Mineiro 1-2
Fortaleza vs Cruzeiro 2-1
Cruzeiro vs Corinthians 0-0
Cruzeiro vs Fluminense 2-2
Sao Paulo vs Cruzeiro 1-1
Atletico Mineiro vs America Mineiro 1-3
Atletico Mineiro vs Sao Paulo 1-1
Santos vs Atletico Mineiro 3-1
Santos vs Atletico Mineiro 1-2
Atletico Mineiro vs CSA 4-0
Cruzeiro’s next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus Botafogo. Same day, Atlético will be visiting Chapecoense (both Brazil Serie A matches).
Cruzeiro vs Atletico Mineiro: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Cruzeiro, one for Atlético, and two draws, in the last five Belo Horizonte derbies between these two with Cruzeiro as hosts.
Cruzeiro vs Atletico Mineiro: Prediction
Off the field, it feels like Cruzeiro are with their back against the wall. Will that affect them on the pitch? I think this is the kind of question that gets answered only in the first few minutes of a match, reading the… body language of a team’s players. Seeing them be considered favorites to win the game though, I feel it’s worth betting on Atlético’s double chance.
Cruzeiro vs Atletico Mineiro: Betting Tips
“Draw or Atlético’s is at 1.88. Combined with “under 2.5 goals”, it goes up to 2.50.