Santa Claus arrived dressed in blue, black and white for Atletico-MG. With the collaboration of Gremio, his rival in the match this Sunday, December 3, the team saw its chances of reaching the 2018 Copa Libertadores qualifying standings. It remains to do his part before the reserve team of the gauchos. The match, which is part of the schedule of the thirty-eighth and final round of the Brasileirão 2017, takes place from 17h (Brasília time) at the Independência stadium in Belo Horizonte.
Atlético-MG’s recent performance
At dawn on Thursday, November 30, atleticanos sang together the ‘is champion’ while the tricolors celebrated the triumph of the Libertadores. After all, this has increased the chances that alvinegro will have the right to play the continental tournament again next year.
This possibility was open to the top seven in the Brasileirao. With the Gremist conquest, this bloc grew to eight. Still not enough. Before the ball rolls in the final day of the Brasileirão, the Galo occupies the tenth place. He has accumulated 51 points (13 wins, 12 draws and 12 losses). So you need to win two positions to get the job.
The closest rivals are Chapecoense, ninth placed with 51 points, who receive Coritiba, threatened with relegation on the final day, and Botafogo, eighth placed with 52 points, who receives the Cruzeiro, completely without interest in the Brasileirão. Flamengo (53) and Vasco (53) are also in the goal line of the Rooster who, at best, can complete the Brasileirão in the sixth position.
For this, the coach Oswaldo Oliveira needs to maintain the sequence of home victories. The Rooster has won the last two most recent matches at his stadium but is still suffering poorly as a principal. It is the third worst owner of the Brasileirão home with 22 points (six wins, four draws and eight losses) accumulated of the 54 played.
To do this, the coach will have practically all of his starters at his disposal. The only low will be against right-back Marcos Rocha, who can not play because he is suspended due to the accumulation of yellow cards. Carlos César will occupy the post.
The current form of the Guild
Titular will be rare in the tricolor gaucho, if there are any athletes of the main team in the field this Sunday in Belo Horizonte. Soon after winning the title of Libertadores da América in its 2017 edition, coach Renato Gaúcho not only ‘decreed’ a holiday in Porto Alegre as he announced a self-indulgence. He’s only going back to work next Monday. This means that you will not bother to travel to Belo Horizonte to accompany the Grêmio.
The possibility of the club reaching the national vice-championship was not enough for the coach to have an interest in the game. With 62 points (19 wins, 6 draws and 12 defeats), Grêmio opens the round in third place, but they can beat Palmeiras, who is only one point behind and faces Atletico-PR in Curitiba.
It is not known exactly which team Grêmio will put on the field nor who will be responsible for running the team. As he can not act on Wednesday for being suspended, Argentine defender Kaneman is the only one among the starters who has the chance to perform analyzed. However, the tendency is for the team to be almost entirely in reserve. You will only enter the field to comply with the given table and avoid losing due to non-attendance (WO).
Moreover, the gremistas want to even celebrate the title and start planning for the Interclub World Cup. It will debut in the semifinals on December 12.
History of the bouts between Atlético-MG and Grêmio
Grêmio defends an undefeated series of seven matches of the Brasileirão against the Rooster. It was extended with a 2-0 draw in the first round of the current season. His most recent success in the duel was in 2013, when he scored 1-0 in Porto Alegre.
In total, the duel had 51 editions with 19 gremista victories, 17 mines successes and 15 draws.
Not to overcome a completely disinterested team and ‘hangover’ after the conquest of America would be a vexame able to enter into the history of Atletico-MG. However, the recent improvement of the club, although light, leads one to believe that the Rooster is the best betting option for the classic. Has a prize of 1.47 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 4.30 and success gremista multiplies the investment by 7.00.