Cruzeiro vs Coritiba
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: 25 June 2017
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Having very little faith in Cruzeiro, I predicted a loss of theirs at Ponte Preta (2.50), without even scoring (4.33). They lost indeed, and, 1-0. It should be mentioned though that coach Mano Menezes kept most of his regulars on the bench, and most probably will do the same against Coritiba, having the Copa do Brasil game versus Palmeiras in mind. The match is on Wednesday, Cruzeiro have been playing twice a week for way too long, so Menezes felt he needed to do something to have his regulars as ‘fresh’ as possible in a game that means much more than a simple championship match early in the season.
Coritiba were disappointing at Gremio, lost 2-0, and were… kind of reminded of their level. They are still in the top-six, earlier in the season they were third in the table, but they have three draws and -now- one defeat in their last four matches, showing that they who predicted Coritiba could fight for the title, were rather too quick to say that. Their biggest problem seems to be scoring. Three games now, zero goals. They got away with two goalless draws, but Gremio, even playing with some reserves, made it look rather easy, despite the fact that their second goal came late in the game. Right-back Leo, a guy Coritiba are expecting a lot from, made his debut at Gremio as a substitute, and according to reports he should start this game.
Cruzeiro vs Coritiba: Head-to-head Stats
Cruzeiro have won four of their last five home games against Coritiba, with the most recent one ending in a draw.
Cruzeiro vs Coritiba: Prediction
I would have my doubts about this Cruzeiro even if they were to play with a full squad and didn’t have a Copa do Brasil match against Palmeiras ahead of them. Despite Coritiba’s well below average performance at Gremio, I’m taking the same risk and I’m backing them not to lose.
Cruzeiro vs Coritiba: Tips
‘Draw or Coritiba’ pays 2.25. Given that Coritiba haven’t scored in their last three games I’m tempted to stick to draw, at 3.60, you could do that, but being somewhat more on the safe side I pick that 2.25 as my main tip on this game.