Parana vs Atletico Paranaense
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 27 May 2018
Kick-off: 16:00 CET
Paraná remain at the bottom of the table, on just two points from six matches, one of the only two Série A teams without a victory yet, but last weekend they earned a goalless draw when they hosted Gremio, and that positive result is something they can build on. That game was held at Vila Capanema, Coritiba’s stadium, which is much bigger than Paraná’s real home. This game against Atlético Paranaense, a Curitiba derby, is held as well at Vila Capanema, a neutral, pretty much, venue (no matter if Paraná will have more fans in the stands). Goalkeeper Richard is doing well but is not ready to play yet. Attacker Raphael Alemão is still injured and unavailable. According to reports, coach Rogério Micale will start the game with Thiago Rodrigues, Júnior, Neris, Cleber Reis, Mansur, Torito, Jhonny Lucas, Caio Henrique, Carlos Eduardo (or Léo Itaperuna), Silvinho and Carlos, meaning pretty much with the same starting lineup he fielded last weekend versus Gremio.
Sixty attempts, two goals. Atlético Paranaense destroyed Chapecoense 5-1 on the opening day of this Série A campaign, but incredibly, in five games since then, they have registered 60 attempts, but scored only two goals(!). Coach Fernando Diniz looks hopeful that it’s only a matter of time until his players start… sending the ball in again. He said what all coaches say, in similar situations, that he would be really worried if they didn’t create chances. The fact that they create but don’t really make them count, is something that he feels will… sort itself out, sooner, rather than later. Atlético are 17th(!) in the table, on just five points. They have lost five games in a row, in three competitions, with the last defeat coming last weekend, at Fluminense (2-0).
Previous five matches:
Parana vs Gremio 0-0
Santos vs Parana 3-1
Chapecoense vs Parana 1-1
Parana vs Sport Recife 1-2
Parana vs Corinthians 0-4
Fluminense vs Atletico Paranaense 2-0
Atletico Paranaense vs Cruzeiro 1-2
Atletico Paranaense vs Atletico Mineiro 1-2
Newell’s Old Boys vs Atletico Paranaense 2-1
Atletico Paranaense vs Palmeiras 1-3
Paraná’s next game is at Vasco da Gama, on Wednesday. A day later, Atlético Paranaense will be hosting Santos (both Brazil Série A matches).
Parana vs Atletico Paranaense: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Paraná, one for Atlético, and a draw, in the last five games between these two with Paraná as hosts.
Parana vs Atletico Paranaense: Prediction
Paraná did a very good job defensively last weekend, keeping a clean sheet against Gremio. They have scored just three goals in six matches, but Atlético haven’t done any better in their last five. All things considered, I would avoid betting on winners and losers in this game.
Parana vs Atletico Paranaense: Betting Tips
My main tip is “no” on “both teams to score, at 1.75. “Under 2.5 goals” is at just 1.57, but it feels very probable, rather hard to go wrong. For something much better than both, I would risk with “draw and under 2.5 goals”, at 3.60.
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