In order to improve his disastrous performance as a principal, Atlético-MG could not have a better opponent. This Thursday, November 9, will face Atlético-GO, the lantern of the Brazilian Championship 2017 edition and virtually demoted to the B Series of 2018. Part of the schedule of the thirty-third round of the Brasileirão, the duel will be held from the 20h (Brasília time) at the Independência stadium in Belo Horizonte.
Atlético-MG’s recent performance
Atleticanos were beaten last Saturday, November 4, by Santos, by 3 to 1, at Vila Belmiro. Thus, they remained with 42 points (11 wins, nine draws and 12 losses) falling to the twelfth place in the standings.
They have wasted a great opportunity to improve their situation in the search for a place in the 2018 Copa Libertadores of America. For that, they need to reach at least seventh place, which is in the hands of Flamengo. The rubro-negro was defeated in the round and continues with five points of advantage in comparison with the alvinegro. However, the Rooster has one less journey to reverse this situation.
The start in the final stretch of the tournament must necessarily improve the home campaign. With 16 points (four wins, four draws and eight losses) added at home, the mining team is the third worst in this issue in the 2017 season of Brasileirão.
For this, coach Oswaldo de Oliveira must make a change in the starting team. The Venezuelan midfielder Otero was warned with the third yellow card and will have to comply with automatic suspension. Thus, Valdivia, who lost his place in the main squad after seven consecutive home runs, is expected to return to the team. Another option for the post is the midfielder Luan.
The current form of Atlético-GO
For the Dragon, the six remaining days of the Brasileirão serve only to comply with the table. Not even mathematics is capable of giving hope for the team to escape relegation. With four defeats and two draws in the last six matches, the team is in the twentieth and final position of the Brasileirão. He accumulated 27 points (seven wins, six draws and 19 losses).
To try to maintain some hope, you would need to add up to 18 possible points. Thus, it would reach the 45 points that are considered necessary to avoid the fall for Series B. The use of the club throughout the tournament, however, does not allow fan dreams in that direction.
Tapping off their domains has even been better. With 15 points (four wins, three draws and nine defeats), the Dragon is the 15th in the classification of this item. If it depended only on these results, it would be outside the relegation zone.
Knowing that the reaction is practically impossible, the board has already begun to put into practice the planning for 2018. The goalkeeper Marcos accepted proposal to defend the Goiás and was excused from participating in the final stretch of the Brasileirão. Veteran defender William Alves, 30, has had his contract renewed for the Series B. Diego Silva, of Sampaio Corrêa, is another target for the club.
This means that the athletes who did not receive proposals already know that they will be released at the end of the tournament.
History of the matches Atlético-MG vs Atlético-GO
Miners and goianos have had their way crossed in the Brasileirao since nine times since 1980. The alvinegros won five of them, there were three draws and only a red-black success. In the first round of the tournament in the current season, Rooster made 2 to 1 in the Dragon.
In front of a team resigned with its fall to Second Division, Atletico MG has a great opportunity to improve its performance as owner of the house. It is the best guessing option for the 1.40 showdown on Bet365. The return in case of a tie is 4.50. The Goians appear as the underdogs of the round allowing the multiplication of the investment by 8.50 in case of success.