Atlético-PR returns this Sunday, October 22, the Arena da Baixada to face the Sport. The match is part of the schedule of the thirtieth round of the Brazilian Championship version 2017. The kick-off is scheduled for 17h (Brasília time).
Atlético-PR’s recent performance
The Hurricane had another northeastern rubro-negro as a rival in the twenty-ninth round of the tournament. On Thursday night, October 19, he defeated Vitória in Salvador, 3-2. He had 38 points (ten wins, eight draws and 11 losses), climbing two places in the standings to occupy ninth place.
The victory was more significant to avoid any threat of relegation. The team from Paranaense managed to gain a six-point advantage in comparison to Ponte Preta, who completed the 29th round in the seventeenth position, the first in the sticking region.
Dreaming of a place in the Libertadores will require an improvement of performance Atletico-PR. To get the vacancy the team would need to be in the top seven. The poor home performance has been an obstacle for the rubro-negro to get close to the squad in front.
In the last two matches in the Baixada, the team commanded by coach Fabiano Soares got only one point. In total, he reached 19 points (five wins, four draws and five losses) of the 42 possible ones as principal. It is only the fourteenth best in this respect in comparison with the other 19 clubs that compete for Serie A.
To try to help in this search for better home use, the board of Atlético-PR has launched promotion for the game against Sport and also for the next match in the Baixada, which will be against Chapecoense. With the motivation of the “October Pink” campaign to prevent breast cancer, it has reduced the price of admissions for women.
Who can be present in the game is the midfielder and striker Nikão. He has been suspended automatically for his expulsion in a 2-1 loss to Sao Paulo, in the capital of São Paulo, in a confrontation for the twenty-eighth round and is able to act until he is judged by the sports court.
The current form of Sport
Thursday was not so happy for the Sport. Playing at home, the Lion was at a disadvantage in the confrontation with Santos and only at the end of the second half managed to achieve the tie by 1 to 1. It was enough to keep him out of the relegation zone, but the threat of the fall to the Second Division is still a reality.
With 35 points (nine wins, eight draws and 12 losses), the Pernambuco team completed their participation in the day of number 29 in the fourteenth place with three points ahead of the sticking region.
Through a maneuver in sports justice, Sport managed to ensure the presence of its main player, midfielder Diego Souza, in the match on Sunday. The athlete had been suspended for two games for his expulsion in the game against Vasco (1 to 1) for the twenty-fifth round. He had already completed a match and should have been left out of the match, Santos said.
The club, however, appealed the sentence and suspended the punishment until further trial. So, by then Diego Souza is released to act.
In the same situation, defender Ronaldo Alves had a different strategy used by the club. He made complaints against arbitration after the game against the Basque and was also punished with suspension of two matches. In your case, since you were not sent off and did not play an automatic suspension game, you have to stay out of two games.
The top men of Sport decided not to appeal in this case. Thus, the athlete was out of the duel against Santos and neither will act on Sunday. It was a considered minor loss since the defender has not been related among starters by coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo.
History of the bouts between Atlético-PR and Sport
Sport reached ten victories against Atlético-PR by Brasileirão by making 1-0 in the first round of the 2017 season. The Partizians have nine victories in the duel. Ties were recorded 11 times.