Still hoping to achieve a historic turnaround, Atlético-GO receives this Sunday, November 19, the relaxed Chapecoense. The match is part of the schedule of the thirty-sixth (antepenultimate) round of the Brazilian Championship in the 2017 season. It is scheduled to start at 17h (GMT) at the Pedro Ludovico Olympic stadium in Goiania.
Atlético-GO’s recent performance
The Dragon is still breathing through apparatus. On the night of Thursday, November 16, he managed to surprise Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro and with the 2-1 victory he postponed the mathematical definition of his relegation to the Second Division.
Their situation, however, seems irreversible. With 33 points (nine wins, six draws and 20 losses), he remains in the 20th and last position. Remaining three rounds, he has the chance to reach a maximum of 42, a score considered insufficient to avoid falling into the B-series. So he still has to cheer for his rivals’ failures.
To survive, the team must leave four teams behind. Thus, it would have to wait for Vitória (39 points), Ponte Preta (39), Sport (36) and Avaí (36) not to exceed the 42 points in the remaining days. Possibility that seems to be negligible.
Knowing this, the technical committee and board are already planning for 2018. The tranquility seems to have had an effect on the cast, which for the first time reached two consecutive victories of the year. Before Botafogo, the team had defeated the Sport, at home, by 2 to 0. Even so, the numbers are not favorable. The Dragon has the second worst home performance in the Brasileirão with only 15 points (four wins, three draws and ten losses) from the 51 possible.
The current form of Chapecoense
The night of Thursday, November 16, was a party in Chapecó. Players and fans celebrated their 2-1 victory against Vitória, for the thirty-fifth round of the Brazilian Championship, as if it were a title achievement.
In practice, it really was. Reaching the 47 points (13 wins, eight draws and 14 losses), the modest club of Santa Catarina secured the right to play Serie A in 2018. It will be their fourth consecutive participation in the national soccer elite since gaining access. It’s no small thing for a club that has low investment capacity and has lost virtually all of its cast, coaching staff and direction in air crash in late 2017.
Almost a year after the tragedy, Chape fulfilled its mission with three rounds off. He still has a chance to claim the right to play the 2017 South American Cup once again. He is four points clear of Coritiba, fourteenth and first in the standings. A handsome front considering that only nine more points are in dispute.
History of matches vs. Atlético-GO e Chapecoense
The game of the first round was the first of the history between the teams. In Chapecó, the red-blacks scored 2-1.
It is natural to expect a relaxation of the Chapecoense athletes. This must come about because of the early conquest of his goal and good play in the fight for a place in the South American Cup and may be married to the excessive physical wear and tear of Thursday’s match. In addition to leaving at a disadvantage on the scoreboard, the team had to face a wet lawn and in poor condition, which required greater dedication of the athletes to achieve the victory.
This makes Atlético-GO should be indicated as the best guessing option for the game this Sunday. The red-black Goian appears with a price of 2.40 in Rivalo. The house earning a prize of 3.30 for the equality case and multiplying the amount invested by 2.90 in case Chape returns home with three more points in the baggage.