The desperate Avaí is the rival of Cruzeiro, who only complies table in the final stretch of the 2017 edition of Brasileirão, on Wednesday, November 15. The match, which is part of the schedule of the thirty-fifth round, will be held at Mineirão, in Belo Horizonte, and will begin at 21:45 (Brasília time)
Cruzeiro’s recent performance
In the same stadium the Cruzeiro defeated the Fluminense, by 3 to 1, of turn, on Sunday, 12 of November. With that, he reached 54 points (15 wins, 9 draws and 10 losses). It’s in fifth place.
As the 2018 Copa Libertadores Cup group stage is already assured of having been Brazilian Cup champion, the club will take advantage of the latest games to test athletes and set the squad they can count on next year.
That means that coach Mano Menezes should promote a lot of news in the lineup for the confrontation with Avaí, although he has not anticipated how many and what will be the modifications.
One of those who must win the opportunity to act is the right-back Galhardo. He suffered an injury that took him off the pitch. He spent four months regaining his best fitness and was listed for the reserve bench in October. He’s likely to be in the starting lineup this Wednesday. That means slack for Ezekiel.
Another similarly-placed athlete who has a chance to enter the field is Judivan. At the age of 22, he has been sidelined for two and a half years due to a series of injuries. He was on the bench against Fluminense and should be listed again on Wednesday.
Experiences may not only be about names but also tactics. Left-back Diego Barbosa, who is negotiating the renewal of his contract with the club, can be tested in the midfield.
Out of action is midfielder Rafael Marques. He suffered a muscle injury and will not be able to perform in 2017.
The current form of Avaí
A sequence of three defeats complicated the already uncomfortable situation of Avaí. Parked in the 35 points (eight wins, 11 draws and 15 losses), the club occupies the nineteenth (penultimate) position in the standings. Their situation is only not worse because many of the rivals also wasted points in that period.
Victory, sixteenth place and first out of the relegation zone, has four points more. That means that regardless of the results of the thirty-fourth round the Santa Catarina club will remain in the sticking region.
Without great options to make tactical or technical changes in the team, coach Claudinei Oliveira should keep the base team. The experienced players did not officially throw the towel, we the speech is in the style “the cat climbed on the roof”. They talk about honoring the shirt and preach to fight until the mathematics indicates the possibility of avoiding the fall for Series B.
History of the bouts between Cruzeiro and Avaí
The tie was the result more often recorded in the meetings involving Cruzeiro and Avaí by Brasileirão. It happened in five games. The Cruzeiro won three times and the Santa Catarina only added three points in an opportunity, just in the 1-0 marked in the first round of the 2017 edition of the tournament.
Owner of the worst attack of the Brazilian Championship with only 23 goals scored in 34 rounds, Avaí does not even have to present surprises against Cruzeiro. It should close on defense and try to wait for opportunities to counterattack in its fight for survival in the elite division of national football.
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