Avaí will enter the field this Monday, November 20, to close the thirty-sixth (antepenultimate) round of the 2017 Brazilian Championship against Palmeiras in the face of the worst possible scenario. Not even victory can be considered a good result. In the stadium of the Ressacada, in Florianópolis, the duel has kickoff scheduled for 20h (Brasília time).
Avaí’s recent performance
With 36 points (eight wins, 12 draws and 15 losses) he will not leave the relegation zone even if he defeats Palmeiras. To keep the hopes of getting rid of the fall for Series B has to win every game left. The next will be against Atletico-PR (home) and Santos (away). Only thus would reach the goal of 45, which is the score considered by the projections as sufficient to ensure the permanence in the elite division of national football.
Three wins in a row is something that Avaí has not achieved throughout the tournament. Recently, even achieving success has been rare. In the last ten matches, the team from Santa Catarina won only once. Even punctuation is not very common. In the five most recent games, he made only two of 15 possible points to reach.
One of them was the night of Wednesday, November 15, before the Cruzeiro, by 2 to 2, in the Mineirão. In situations like this, the tactic of turning the attention to other villains is not unused. Complaints with the referee, which mistakenly scored a penalty against Avaí, served to divert the focus from the club’s disastrous campaign.
The weak offensive power, for example, was a deficiency that at no time was repaired by coach Claudinei Oliveira. With 25 goals scored, Avaí has the worst attack of the Brasileirão.
This lack of effectiveness in the creation and finishing of plays caused the team to waste many points in their domains. As principal, Avaí scored in 12 out of 17 matches, but only managed three wins. He could not even reach the average of one goal per game. At Ressacada, he shook his opponents’ net in only 12 chances.
The current form of Palmeiras
The alvverde reached the night of Thursday, November 16, his classification for the group stage of the Copa Libertadores, the only goal remaining to be won at the end of the season. At Allianz Park, he thrashed Sport 5-1.
In that way, he reached 60 points (18 wins, six draws and 11 losses). It’s in third place. The fight, now, is for the runner-up. In this case, the opponent is Grêmio, who is completely focused on the Copa Libertadores of America and started the thirty-sixth day of the Brazilian with a point of advantage.
Parallel to the last matches of the tournament, the board is looking for reinforcements. An already confirmed acquisition is left-back Diego Barbosa, who is on Cruzeiro. Other names have been released in the press.
Owner of an already numerous cast, these movements indicate that layoffs should be promoted at the end of the year. Thus, these final rounds, while not presenting major challenges in terms of ranking, may be valuable for athletes wishing to remain in the club.
History of the bouts between Avaí and Palmeiras
Palmeiras won seven out of ten games against Avaí in Brasileirão. The Santa Catarina won only once and there were still two draws. In the first round of 2017, the Albverde scored 2 to 0.
There is no doubt about the immense technical superiority of Palmeiras in comparison with the modest cast of Avaí. This makes the hunch in the visiting club the best choice for tonight’s matchup on Monday. This possibility has a prize of 2.50 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 3.30 and success of the owners of the house yields 2.90 per real bet.