Parana vs Bahia
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 8 June 2018
Kick-off: 01:00 CET
Paraná beat Fluminense at home on Monday, their first win of the season, the first in 11 years actually, as last time the Curitiba side had played in the Série A was back in 2007. Before beating Flu, they had earned goalless draws against Gremio and city rivals Atlético Paranaense as hosts, so… they could see a win coming, eventually. They remain second-to-last, but these last days the change in the… mood was evident, in what they said, and in how they behaved in training. Paraguayan central midfielder Jorge “Torito” González is out due to cards. Center-back Cléber Reis, right-back Diego Tavares and defensive midfielder Jhony are injured, unavailable. According to reports, coach Rogério Micale will have Thiago Rodrigues, Júnior, Neris, Rayan, Igor; Jhonny Lucas, Leandro Vilela, Carlos Eduardo, Léo Itaperuna, Caio Henrique (or Silvinho) and Thiago Santos in the starting lineup.
Bahia’s 2-0 home defeat to Gremio last weekend was Guto Ferreira’s last game in charge. Sitting third-to-last in the Série A table, the club’s board of directors felt they needed to do something now that the season is still young, and decided to part ways with the team’s – former – coach. Cláudio Prates has taken over as interim coach. Bahia are on just eight points from nine matches in the championship, below the relegation line. They’ve lost all four games on the road, by a total score of 0-9(!). Center-forward Júnior Brumado got injured against Gremio, and stayed in Salvador to continue with his treatment. Another striker, Edigar Junio, has already missed several matches due to injury, and will miss this one as well. Attacking midfielder Marco Antônio is also injured and unavailable. Douglas Friedrich, Nino Paraíba, Tiago, Lucas Fonseca, Léo, Gregore, Elton, Zé Rafael, Vinícius (or Régis), Kayke and Élber should start the game for the visitors.
Previous five matches:
Parana vs Fluminense 2-1
Vasco da Gama vs Parana 1-0
Parana vs Atletico Paranaense 0-0
Parana vs Gremio 0-0
Santos vs Parana 3-1
Bahia vs Gremio 0-2
Flamengo vs Bahia 2-0
Bahia vs Vasco da Gama 3-0
Bahia vs Blooming 4-0
Palmeiras vs Bahia 3-0
Paraná’s next game is at Flamengo, on Sunday. Same day, Bahia will be hosting Botafogo (both Brazil Série A matches).
Parana vs Bahia: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Paraná and a draw, in the three games between these two in Curitiba the last three years. Before that, Bahia hadn’t visited Paraná since 2010.
Parana vs Bahia: Prediction
Paraná have just won their first game of the season, at home, against a team much better than Bahia. The visitors have been pi-ti-ful on the road since the start of the season.
Parana vs Bahia: Betting Tips
Paraná’s win pays 2.30. “No”, on “both teams to score, is at 1.66, a lower-paying alternative, which feels very probable to come good, as Bahia have been incredibly weak offensively as visitors since day one of this Série A campaign.