Revitalized after an important victory against rival Palmeiras, Corinthians returns to the field on Wednesday, November 8, to defend their leadership in the 2017 edition of the Brazilian Championship. In a match for the thirty-third round, he faces Atletico-PR, at the Arena da Baixada, in Curitiba, starting at 9 pm (Brasília time).
Atlético-PR’s recent performance
The hope of reaching a place in the G7 and guaranteeing the right to play the 2018 version of the Copa Libertadores de America was significantly diminished in Atlético-PR after Sunday’s defeat of November 5, 1-0, against Cruzeiro in Belo Horizon.
The rubro-negro remained with 42 points (11 victories, nine ties and 12 defeats) falling to the eleventh position in the classification. The disadvantage in relation to Flamengo, which closes the block of teams that would have the right to compete in the continental tournament through the campaign in the Brasileirão remained in five points. However, the team from Parana has one less round to reverse the situation.
Now the speech of players like veteran defender Paulo André is to wait for Grêmio’s results in Libertadores and Flamengo’s own in the South American Cup that could give the ninth place of the Brasileirão the chance to participate in the continental tournament. In this case, the chances of the hurricane increase significantly since they are only one point behind São Paulo, ninth place.
However, math has not been the enemy of Atletico-PR, which has even been counting on poor results from opponents and kept their hopes of qualifying. The big problem of the team is their own results. In the last two days, he has accumulated only one point.
The campaign as principal has even improved. The team from Paraná won one and drew two of the two most recent matches in the Baixada. However, with 23 points (six wins, five draws and five losses) he is only the twelfth owner of the most efficient home in Brasileirão. Very little for anyone who has the pretensions of reaching the top positions on the leaderboard.
The coach Fabiano Soares, however, seems to see the situation differently. He claimed to have enjoyed the performance against Cruzeiro saying that the team had dominion of the game, but wasted many chances to score. This has been a constant in the hurricane, which with 37 goals scored has the second worst offensive performance of the Brazilian Championship season 2016 in comparison with the 14 first placed. The coach has not been able to remedy this deficiency.
An important athlete in creating offensive plays, midfielder Sidcley will not be able to play against Corinthians. Due to the accumulation of yellow cards will have to meet suspension on Wednesday.
The current form of Corinthians
Having had their leadership seriously threatened after a three-game losing streak and a draw, Corinthians breathed a sigh of relief after beating Palmeiras 3-2 on Sunday, Nov. 5, for the thirtieth round of the Brasileirão.
Not only did he beat the one who was his closest pursuer as he did a good performance, something that was rare throughout the second round, when Corinthians, got to have team performance in the relegation zone and the worst offensive production among the 20 teams that dispute the Brasileirão.
The victory against the alvverde led Timão to 62 points (18 wins, eight draws and six losses). Now Santos is 56. However, by the wide advantage in the number of victories (18 against 15), Corinthians is sure to finish in the first position in the next two rounds regardless of the results.
To face the Hurricane and try to increase its gap even closer to the conquest, coach Fabio Carille will have to deal with some embezzlement. The goalkeeper Cassio is out of action. He has been called in to integrate the Brazilian team in two preparatory friendly matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and will miss the next three matches of the season. Walter occupies the post.
Another low is the steering wheel Gabriel. But not by summoning. The player received the third yellow card of the series before the Palmeiras and will have to comply automatic suspension. Maycon emerges as the biggest candidate to fill the post.
A third embezzlement may still happen. In the game against Ponte Preta, striker J gave a kick in the defender Rodrigo. The referee ignored the move. The Superior Court of Justice does not. The athlete has been denounced and can be suspended for four games. The trial is scheduled for the evening of the match against Atletico-PR. If it is closed before the ball rolls, there is a possibility that the athlete is prevented from playing in Paraná.
History of the bouts between Atlético-PR and Corinthians
The 2-2 draw in the first round of the Brasileirão was the 40th meeting between the teams. It consolidated the statistic that equality is the most frequent result, now with 15 occurrences. The Corinthian victories were 13 and the red-black successes reach a dozen matches.
With the advantage in the leadership again increased, Corinthians can resume their minimal style of error by posting in defense and only advancing safely. The lack of effectiveness offensive of the Atlético-PR makes the guess in the tie is the best option for the duel. The price is 3.10 on Bet365. Success of the constituents pays 2.50 and the visitors yield 2.90 per real bet.