Vitoria vs Gremio
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 25 November 2018
Kick-off: 20:00 CET
After midweek’s results, Vitória’s position in the table is… dire. After losing 3-0 at Cruzeiro, they were left on 36 points, and now have four less than Chapecoense, the first team right above the relegation line. Statisticians who work for sports websites in Brazil, claim that there is a 97% probability that Vitória will get relegated. As if their on-the-field problems were not big enough, there is a… war raging off the field, with members asking for the president’s impeachment. Vitória are almost certainly going down, and if they don’t solve their internal problems, they won’t be back to the Serie A any time soon.
Gremio lost 2-0 at Flamengo midweek, playing… football only in the second half, after going 1-0 down (in the 47th minute). They were definitely the better team on the field in the second part, but they wasted all their chances, and got punished in added time, when Flamengo scored their second goal. They were missing key players, that’s true, but still, their performance in the first half was pathetic, acting like… mere spectators on the field. Argentinian center-back Walter Kannemann is back from international duty, and should start next to Pedro Geromel. Captain Maicon is also back. Actually, he was on the bench at Maracana as well, but this time he is expected to start. Renato Portaluppi is expected to have Paulo Victor, Leonardo, Geromel, Kannemann, Cortez, Michel (or Cícero), Maicon, Ramiro (or Alisson), Jean Pyerre, Everton and Jael (or André) in the starting lineup. Gremio are fourth, on 62 points, as many as 5th-placed Sao Paulo. Be reminded, only the top-4 teams earn a direct ticket to next season’s Copa Libertadores group stage. Those finishing 5th and 6th will have to play qualifiers.
Previous five matches:
Cruzeiro vs Vitoria 3-0
Vitoria vs Atletico Paranaense 1-2
Sport Recife vs Vitoria 0-0
Vitoria vs Bahia 2-2
Parana vs Vitoria 1-1
Flamengo vs Gremio 2-0
Gremio vs Chapecoense 2-0
Sao Paulo vs Gremio 1-1
Gremio vs Vasco da Gama 2-1
Atletico Mineiro vs Gremio 0-1
Vitória are visiting Palmeiras next Sunday. Same day, Gremio will be hosting Corinthians (both Série A matches).
Vitoria vs Gremio: Head to head Stats
Just one win for the hosts, three for Gremio, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Salvador.
Vitoria vs Gremio: Prediction
With Kannemann and Maicon back, Gremio should look very improved compared to their 2-0 defeat at Flamengo midweek.
Vitoria vs Gremio: Betting Tips
Gremio’s win is at 1.85. Vitória are dying to win this game, but I just don’t believe in them, I don’t think they have the quality to avoid losing to this Gremio.