In a scenario of almost impossible reversal and just waiting for the mathematical confirmation of his relegation to Second Division, Atletico GO meets table this Sunday, November 12, against the desperate Sport. The match, which counts for the thirty-fourth round of Serie A of the Brazilian Championship of 2017, will be held from 17h (GMT) at the Olimpic Pedro Ludovico stadium in Goiânia.
Atlético-GO’s recent performance
The Goianienses were very close to a brilliance on Thursday, November 9. At Independência Stadium, in Belo Horizonte, they were twice ahead of the score against Atlético-MG. In the end, ended up accumulating another defeat in the Brasileirão taking 3 to 2.
He remained parked in the 20th and final position with 27 points (seven wins, six draws and 20 losses). So, even if he managed to win the remaining five games, he would reach a maximum of 42 points. According to the mathematical projections the score would be insufficient so that it can reach the maintenance in the elite division of the Brasileirão. While there is a possibility that a combination of free Dragon Drop results, it is mathematically despicable.
Sunday’s game could mark the end of what little hope remains for the fans. With 11 points difference in comparison to Vitória, sixteenth place and first out of the classification zone, Atlético-GO will be mathematically demoted if it does not win. Even if you get the three points, depending on the other results you can also have your sacramentada fall.
Although the atmosphere of the club is of ‘the last out turn off the light’, interim coach Joao Paulo Sanchez preaches that players should act to preserve their dignity.
The current form of Sport
If the opponent is practically a sniper, the Sport will step on the lawn under immense pressure. The club completes this Sunday two months without winning. The last success was against Vitória, in Salvador, by 2 to 1, on October 12. Since then there have been eight games, four defeats and four draws, leading to the club’s relegation zone, eliminating the Lion in the relegation zone and the dismissal of coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo.
On Wednesday, November 8, under the command of interim Daniel Paulista, Sport was defeated by Botafogo in full Retiro Island by 2 to 1. With 36 points (nine wins, nine ties and 15 losses) defeats occupy the seventeenth place, the first in the sticking region. It has two points less than Victory its closest rival.
For the game, Paulista will not be able to count on Chilean left-back Mena. With pain in the left thigh, the athlete was vetoed by the medical department. Thus, Sander, who acted against Botafogo, continues as a starter.
On the right-back, however, the coach will have one more option. Recovered from injury, Raul Prata will be available to the coach. He got six starts away with thigh problem. Most likely to be on the bench with Samuel Xavier going through the headlines.
The big low, however, remains the striker Diego Souza, who is serving the Brazilian team. However, for the duel against Atlético-GO, he could not act even if he had not been called. He was punished during the week with two suspension games by the Superior Court of Justice for his expulsion in the match against Vasco. Since he had already played one hook game, he would have to stay out of the other. Thus, even if it is not available, the meeting as Dragon will serve to leave him with playing conditions for the next rounds.
History of the matches against Atlético-GO and Sport
The Goianians have not yet managed to beat the Pernambucans in the Brasileirão. In four matches since 1987, there have been two successes of the Sport and two equalities. In the first round of the 2017 edition of the tournament, the Lion thrashed the Dragon by 4 to 0 on reef.
Pressed, with the important embezzlement of Diego Souza and great difficulties to impose himself on the rivals, Sport opens the chance that Atlético-GO can try to postpone the inevitable. The hunch on the home owners is the best option for starting with a 2.75 on Bet365. Draw has a prize of 3.20 and successful visitor yields 2.62 for 1.