Cruzeiro vs Vitoria
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 22 November 2018
Kick-off: 00:45 CET
Cruzeiro lost 1-0 at Sao Paulo last weekend, but… it wasn’t the end of the world for them. Weeks ago, they won the Copa do Brasil, so they knew that no matter how the remainder of the Série A season would go, they will be in the Copa Libertadores group stage next season. It was actually… perfect for Mano Menezes, who had to be treated for a health problem, has been away for a couple of weeks now, and is not expected to return to the bench before the last match of the season. His assistant, Sidnei Lobo, has been in charge. Cruzeiro are 8th in the table, on 49 points. They have lost twice this year in the championship, at home, to Sao Paulo and Ceará.
According to statisticians offering their… knowledge to Brazilian newspapers/websites, there is a 90% chance that Vitória will get relegated. They are 19th, second-to-last, on 36 points, two behind Sport Recife, the first team above the relegation line. On Saturday they lost 1-2 at home to Atlético Paranaense, a really painful result, as América Mineiro won their game, and left Vitória even lower in the table. They’ve earned four points from their last six matches, four out of 18 points possible. They have won just one of their last 11 games, a 0-1 at Chapecoense. Players were asked about Cruzeiro’s… lack of pressure, and said that the Copa do Brasil winners will obviously not… sit and lose, no matter if they are not dying for points in this match.
Previous five matches:
Sao Paulo vs Cruzeiro 1-0
Cruzeiro vs Corinthians 1-0
Atletico Paranaense vs Cruzeiro 2-0
America Mineiro vs Cruzeiro 1-2
Cruzeiro vs Parana 3-1
Vitoria vs Atletico Paranaense 1-2
Sport Recife vs Vitoria 0-0
Vitoria vs Bahia 2-2
Parana vs Vitoria 1-1
Vitoria vs Sao Paulo 0-1
Cruzeiro’s next game is again at home, on Sunday, versus Flamengo. Same day, Vitória will be hosting Gremio (both Série A matches).
Cruzeiro vs Vitoria: Head to head Stats
Three Cruzeiro wins and two draws in the last five games between these two in Belo Horizonte.
Cruzeiro vs Vitoria: Prediction
Vitória have stayed undefeated in their last three away games, all three against teams fighting to avoid relegation. I can see them earn a point against a team that is under… zero pressure, which could be translated to “no real motive”.
Cruzeiro vs Vitoria: Betting Tips
Vitória’s double chance is at 2.05.