In the fight against relegation, Coritiba faces Flamengo, who is threatened to stay out of the zone qualifying for the Copa Libertadores, on Thursday, November 16. The match is part of the schedule of the thirty-fifth round of the Brazilian Championship of 2017. It will be held from 21h (Brasília time) at the stadium Couto Pereira, in Curitiba.
Coritiba’s recent performance
On Sunday night, November 12, Coritiba missed a great opportunity to practically ensure their permanence in the national football elite. In front of Ponte Preta, who is in the relegation zone, was in the tie by 1 to 1.
The result, however, ended up being considered acceptable in the circumstances, since the Paulistas were ahead in the marker. With equality, the Thigh rose to 40 points (ten wins, ten draws and 14 losses). It occupies the fifteenth position with four of advantage in the comparison with the Sport, seventeenth and first in the region of the sticking.
This Thursday’s showdown will mark the 150th game by Marcelo Oliveira in charge of the Alviverde paranaense. This is his second place in the position, which made him the third coach with the most matches in the stand. The first pass was remarkable. He stayed for almost two years and led the team in 131 games. This time, the games were 19 and by little did not lose the job.
In the last three home games, Coritiba has reached seven of nine possible points. Overall, he is the fifteenth best captain of the Brasileirão with 23 points (six wins, five draws and six losses).
The current form of Flamengo
Playing away from their dominions has not been easy for the red-blacks in the current season. In the last five matches were four defeats. When only the results in this condition are considered, Flamengo is the fifteenth in the ranking of visitors in the 2017 season of Brasileirão.
This is the main weakness of a campaign that can be considered disastrous given the huge investment made in hiring by the club. The crisis and the protests of the fans are only being contained because the team still has a chance to raise a cup in the current season. It’s in the semifinals of the South American Cup. It will make the first game against the Junior of Barranquilla, of Colombia, on the 23rd.
The possibility of conquest has diverted attention from the possibility that the team will not even be able to complete the Brasileirão in the qualifying zone for the qualifying round of the 2018 Copa Libertadores of America. Flamengo closed the thirty-fourth round in seventh place, the last one that gives right to participate in the continental tournament. He has 50 points (13 wins, 11 draws and 10 losses). It could even enter the field on Thursday outside that block since Vasco, who had a point behind, would play on Wednesday.
This situation has blocked radical changes in the command of football that must be made at the end of the 2017 season. Not even coach Reinaldo Rueda, who has a contract until December 2018, is guaranteed in office.
To face the Thigh, he still will not be able to count on left-back Trauco, who was dismissed to serve the Peruvian national team in the fight for a place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Brazil midfielder Diego, it is also doubt. Must re-appear before the game, but only a physical evaluation will be able to show if it has conditions to act.
History of the bouts between Coritiba and Flamengo
Flamengo is the advantage in the duels with Coritiba throughout the history of the Brasileirão. In 41 matches, there were 21 wins, 13 losses and seven draws. In the first round of the 2017 edition, the red-blacks won by 2 to 1.
The Flamengo visitors’ campaign, which shrinks in the opponents field and gives a lot of space for creation and plays, makes the guess at Coritiba the best option for this Thursday’s showdown. Has a price of 2.90 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 3.00 and red-black success yields 2.55 per invested real.