The confrontation this Thursday, November 9, against Coritiba will determine if Fluminense will pass the final rounds of the Brazilian Championship of 2017 looking up or down the leaderboard. Complementing the day of number 33, the match will be held in Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, starting at 9pm (Brasília time).
Fluminense’s recent performance
Less than three days after being eliminated from the South American Cup by drawing with Flamengo, 3 to 3, the Tricolor was rehabilitated before Botafogo. In the opponents’ stadium, he conceded a goal early in the game, but managed to win by 2 to 1 with the goal of the turn being signaled in the 43 minutes of the final stage.
This left the team in a much more comfortable position compared to the threat of relegation. With 42 points (ten wins, 12 draws and ten losses), he finished his thirtieth round in the thirteenth position, within the limit of the qualification for the 2018 South American Cup.
Need three more points to reach the score considered sufficient to avoid relegation. Facing Coritiba, a direct rival in this battle, the victory would have meant even greater. In addition to virtually ‘eliminating’ an opponent, it would still allow Fluminense to think with a place in the Libertadores.
At first, this possibility is open to the top seven. In this case, the qualifying round is closed by Flamengo, who added five more points before the ball rolls for round 33. However, this group can reach as many as nine since the Rubro-negro wins the current edition of South American and the Grêmio conquer the Liberators of America. In this scenario, the tricolor situation would look even better. São Paulo, ninth place, had only one more point at the end of day 32.
For the duel that can be considered a watershed, most likely coach Abel Braga can count on the return of right-back Lucas. Precarious fitness player, the defender was out of the game against Botafogo. If you receive the green light from the physiology department, the player should send Mateus Norton, who played improvised in position, to the bench.
The downgrade in the team that won the classic will be the flyer Richard. With a left calf muscle injury, the player, who started the last eight matches, will be out of the game on Thursday. Wendel, Marlon Freitas and Orejuela are the options to replace it.
The current form of Coritiba
After spending a good season in the relegation zone, Coritiba had an unbeaten run of four games and managed to climb to 15th place. By beating Avaí 4-0 on Saturday, November 4 at home, he had 38 points (ten wins, eight draws and 14 losses).
After having his job threatened and kept in the post by not having the club found better options, Marcelo Oliveira gained tranquility to work. He managed to leave the team more offensive and should keep the base team that thrashed Avaí to face the tricolor in Rio de Janeiro.
How can not count on Rodrigo Ramos (muscle injury); Henrique Gelain and Geovane (post operative); Neto Berola (ankle pain), Baumjohann (thigh muscle injury) and Kleber (calf pain), bruised, the likely team to be scheduled for Thursday’s match is Wilson; Léo, Werley, Cleber Reis and Thiago Carleto; Jonas, Alan Santos, James Real and Yan Sasse; Rildo and Henrique Almeida.
History of the bouts between Fluminense and Coritiba
Fluminense and Coritiba will complete on Thursday 40 games by Brasileirão since 1971. The Paranaians take a slight advantage in the confrontation with 15 accumulated victories. With 2 to 1 marked in the first round, the tricolor reached 13 successes. There were still 11 draws.
Tranquility has reached both sides, although the risk of relegation is greater in the case of Coritiba. For playing in their domains and should have a greater support of the fans after the victory against Botafogo, Fluminense appears as a better guess. It has a price of 1.85 in Bet365. Tie returns 3.40 and Thigh success pays 4.33 per real invested in this possibility.