Internacional vs Cruzeiro
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 12 May 2019
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Internacional were rather lucky to lose “only” 1-0 last weekend in Sao Paulo, when they visited Palmeiras. The reigning Série A champions missed two incredible and several other “decent” chances to score more than once, while Inter… did have their moments, but their overall presence was not good enough to earn them a point. Midweek, they did better at Monumental, visiting River Plate. They drew 2-2, getting equalized in added time. Either way, they finished first in their group. On Tuesday they will find out whom they’ll face in the round of 16. Odair Hellmann is expected to have Marcelo Lomba, Zeca, Rodrigo Moledo, Víctor Cuesta, Iago, Rodrigo Dourado, Edenílson, Nico López, D’Alessandro, Nonato and Paolo Guerrero in the starting lineup.
That was unexpected… Cruzeiro hosted Emelec midweek, it was their last Copa Libertadores group stage game, they had five wins in as many matches and five clean sheets as well, but… somehow they lost 1-2(!). They still finished first in their group, and on Tuesday they will find out whom they’ll have to play against in the round of 16. Colombian right-back Luis Manuel Orejuela got injured and did not travel with the group to Porto Alegre. Mano Menezes trained the team behind closed doors these last days, avoiding giving any hints regarding who will start against Inter. Cruzeiro reporters think it will be Fábio, Edilson (or Jadson), Dedé, Léo, Dodô, Henrique, Lucas Romero, Rafinha, Pedro Rocha (or David), Thiago Neves (or Rodriguinho) and Fred who will start. The very fact though that there are three “or”, gives you an idea how… unclear things were, the day before the game.
Previous five matches:
River Plate vs Internacional 2-2
Palmeiras vs Internacional 1-0
Internacional vs Flamengo 2-1
Chapecoense vs Internacional 2-0
Alianza Lima vs Internacional 0-1
Cruzeiro vs Emelec 1-2
Cruzeiro vs Goias 2-1
Cruzeiro vs Ceara 1-0
Flamengo vs Cruzeiro 3-1
Deportivo Lara vs Cruzeiro 0-2
Inter are hosting CSA next weekend (Série A). Cruzeiro are visiting Fluminense on Wednesday (Copa do Brasil).
Internacional vs Cruzeiro: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Inter, two for Cruzeiro as well, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Porto Alegre.
Internacional vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
Super important detail: both teams played midweek in the Copa Libertadores, but only Cruzeiro have a Copa do Brasil game coming up. Expect Menezes to “protect” several of his “regulars”.
Internacional vs Cruzeiro: Betting Tips
Inter’s win pays 2.17. Their double chance combined with “under 2.5 goals” is at 1.95.