Internacional vs Bahia
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 15 April 2018
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Internacional hadn’t played in three weeks before hosting Vitória on Wednesday, first leg of a Copa do Brasil tie. Andrés D’Alessandro, a true idol at Inter, scored in added time to give the Porto Alegre side a 2-1 advantage, with the return leg schedule for coming Thursday. Vitória’s goalkeeper made a mistake that was the game’s… highlight, and pretty much defined the final score. Internacional spent last season in Série B, but they are back, where they rightfully belong. Actually, given their “heavy jersey”, they are always expected to be in the top 6, minimum top 8, doing well internationally as well. In the Rio Grande do Sul championship, they got eliminated by Gremio, despite beating them 2-0 in the return leg. They had lost 3-0 a few days earlier, away from home.
Bahia visited Blooming midweek, first leg of a Copa Sudamericana first round tie, knowing that the club had never celebrated a victory away from home in an international competition. Blooming’s win in “draw no bet” was at just over 1.80, and that was my tip, adding that I had a 1-0 hunch. Bahia lost exactly 1-0, a result that leaves them with a good deal of hopes to overturn the situation in the return leg, next month, at home. It was their first defeat after five consecutive wins, including two over Vitória in the final of the State championship of Bahia. They finished 12th last season in the Série A.
Previous five matches:
Internacional vs Vitoria 2-1
Internacional vs Gremio 2-0
Gremio vs Internacional 3-0
Cianorte vs Internacional 0-2
Internacional vs Gremio 1-2
Blooming vs Bahia 1-0
Vitoria vs Bahia 0-1
Bahia vs Vitoria 2-1
Botafogo PB vs Bahia 0-2
Bahia vs Juazeirense 3-0
Internacional’s next game is at Vitória, on Thursday, a return leg of a Copa do Brasil tie. Bahia are hosting Santos next weekend (Série A).
Internacional vs Bahia: Head to head Stats
Last time these two met in Porto Alegre was in 2014. Inter won 2-0 in Brazil’s championship, and earlier that year, Bahia had won 2-0 themselves, in a Copa Sudamericana game. A year earlier they had beaten Inter 2-1.
Internacional vs Bahia: Prediction
It’s Inter’s return to the Série A after a season in Série B, they failed in their State championship, and struggled against Vitória in the Copa do Brasil. They have a big motive, bigger, I reckon, than Bahia.
Internacional vs Bahia: Betting Tips
Inter’s win pays 1.75. For more than that, I like their victory combined with “under 2.5 goals”, at 3.30, keeping in mind how they and Bahia did in their last matches, and also taking into consideration the fact that Inter have a crucial match at Vitória midweek.
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