The joy of Atlético-GO fans was short-lived. After the team sketched out a reaction, the bad results returned to being part of the routine of the last place in the Brazilian Championship 2017 edition. On Wednesday, for the twenty-ninth round of the Brasileirão, the Dragon receives Vasco, who has the opposite trajectory. In the Serra Dourada stadium, in Goiânia, the kickoff of the duel is scheduled for 19h30 (Brasília time).
Atlético-GO’s recent performance
Serra Dourada’s own choice as the setting for the match shows that Atlético-GO’s top scorers no longer have any hope of a reaction. The club had been playing in the Olimpico Pedro Ludovico stadium, where it was supposed to have an advantage because it was a kind of ‘cauldron’, although the results did not prove this thesis.
In the main stadium of Goiânia, however, the dispute is practically neutral or even worse, as the change was made in the expectation that the Vasco fans, numerous in the region, will allow a larger collection.
The change had nothing to do with the problems recorded in the fans’ match in the match on Sunday, October 15, when Atlético-GO were defeated at Pedro Ludovico by Palmeiras, by 3 to 1. The change of venue for the duel against Vasco had been made previously.
This shows that in the final stretch of the season Atlético-GO’s only interest is to collect as much as possible and cash in on a better campaign in Serie B in 2018. This fate seems inevitable for a team that has scored only 26 points (seven wins, five draws and 16 losses) in 28 rounds.
Mathematics does not present the scenario as definitive, since the difference for Chapecoense, sixteenth place and first outside the relegation zone, is six points, which allows the reversion in the ten days that are missing.
However, the drop in yield of the Dragon and the very low income as mandante dispel any hope in this direction. Acting in their domains, the Goianians added only 12 points (lower score than the one acquired outside the home). It was three wins, three draws and eight losses. Only Vitoria has a worse home campaign.
The current form of Vasco
Vasco, on the other hand, has come up with a series of recent results that can be considered good. With a 1-0 victory, on Saturday, October 14, in the classic against Botafogo, they increased to four the unbeaten run (two wins and two draws).
With 39 points (11 wins, 6 draws and 11 losses), alvinegro not only practically ended the threat of relegation as he approached the fight for a place in the 2018 edition of the Copa Libertadores de America. It occupies the eighth position, the first outside the squad of teams that would obtain the classification to dispute the continental tournament. It is four points behind Flamengo, who closes this block.
Thus, the victory on Wednesday, even outside the home, becomes essential in the attempt to achieve this goal. Also because after having to act outside their domains or even with closed gates in San Januário due to the punishment applied for conflicts involving fans, Vasco will be able to return to act in the final stretch of the Brasileirão in his stadium with the support of his fans.
Who had his postponed return was the scorer Luis Fabiano. The veteran attacker, who underwent knee surgery, presented another problem in his recovery process and returned to the care of the medical department. There’s no way you can even get back on the lawn this season. At 36, he has been away since the end of August.
It is not the only low that coach Zé Ricardo needs to manage to face the Dragon in Goiânia. The midfielder Jean, considered a fundamental piece in the improvement of the defensive performance that the Vasco presented since the new technician took the command, is out of action. It has to comply suspension by the accumulation of yellow cards. It appears in second place in the ranking of ball recovery in Brasileirão.
Escudero and right-back Gilberto, who acted improvised in the position, would be options, as well as the retreat of the Vagner sock. The choice of coach should be influenced by the medical department. The first two are in the treatment of thigh pain. The latter left the classic against Botafogo complaining of pain in his left knee. All must undergo a new evaluation to indicate who can be available for the confrontation in the capital of Goiás.
History of the bouts between Atlético-GO and Vasco
The Vascaínos won five of the nine matches they played with the red-black Goianiense in the First Division of Brasileirão. The Dragon won twice and there were two equalities. In the first round of the season 2017 Vasco scored 1 to 0.