Without winning almost two months in the Brasileirão and with an open crisis, the Fluminense receives Avaí this Sunday, October 15. The match, which is part of the twenty-eighth round of the Brazilian Championship in its 2017 season, is a direct duel between clubs fighting against the threat of relegation. It will be held from 17h (Brasília time) in Maracanã.
Fluminense’s recent performance
According to the letter, the traditional recipe of clubs that are on the neck, the board tries to transfer to the fans the responsibility for the bad work done in the formation of the cast. It lowered the price of tickets in an attempt to win support from the public and turn that presence into an incentive for a team that has shown great limitations to act.
The most recent victory in the Brazilian Championship came on August 21 when Fluminense, at home, scored 2-1 at Atlético-MG. Since then, in six matches by the tournament, suffered four defeats and tied twice. The most recent equality took place in the classic of Thursday, October 12, against Flamengo.
The point won in 1 to 1 was enough to keep the tricolor out of the relegation zone. With 32 points (seven wins, 11 draws and nine losses), he finished the day 27 in the sixteenth place, the first outside the region of the sticking. However, when he takes to the field on Sunday he may be a down position in the standings, as São Paulo, his closest pursuer, would play against Atlético-PR on Saturday in the city of São Paulo.
In this way, victory becomes a must. However, the numbers are not favorable to tricolor. After 27 matches, it is the team with the least number of successes in the Brasileirão 2017. There were only seven, including Avaí, Coritiba and Atlético-GO, all in the relegation zone.
To make matters worse, the weather in Laranjeiras does not look like the best. After having to accept a meeting with angry fans in the bad campaign, coach Abel Braga decided to stop Wendel, considered one of the team’s biggest revelations this season. According to the coach, he has lacked commitment to the athlete, who would be in an advanced negotiation to defend the Paris Saint-Germain. For his lack of commitment and delays in training, he was not even related to Fla-Flu.
If the coach maintains this line of action, Wendel should also not be related to the match this Sunday. After all, there was not even enough time for him to show more commitment to training. It will not be the only casualty. Right-back Lucas and the Douglas fly are out of action. They will have to comply with suspension for the accumulation of yellow cards.
On the right-hand side, the only specialist Abel has in position is Renato. The athlete, however, has been left out on many occasions. It is considered a poor scorer and leaves plenty of room for breakthroughs in the industry. Thus, Marlon Freitas, who was already improvised in the position, turns an alternative.
In the middle, the tendency is that the Ecuadorian Orejuela be chosen as substitute Dougl.
The current form of Avaí
Although he makes a second round much better than Fluminense and has managed to breathe a little more relief leaving the relegation zone, Avaí ended up returning to the region of the sticking with two home defeats in the last rounds. It took 2 to 0 of Atlético-GO and 2 to 1 of Vasco.
Parked in the 30 points (seven wins, nine draws and 11 losses), he dropped to eighteenth. Acting out of the house, in the case of Santa Catarina, does not seem to be a problem, but a solution.
Owner of the worst attack of the Brazilian Championship with only 17 goals scored in 27 matches, Avaí is the fourth worst host of the tournament with 16 points (three wins, seven draws and four losses) added to this condition. As a visitor, his results put him as the thirteenth best. The team acts more comfortably on the counterattack.
History of the bouts between Fluminense and Avaí
Fluminense’s 3-0 win in the first round in Florianopolis marked the tenth meeting of the Cariocas with Avaí in the Brasileirão. Altogether there were seven hits. The Santa Catarina won twice and was still registered a draw.