Grêmio will play Brasileirão in the next rounds. After securing a place in the decision of the Copa Libertadores, the Brazilian Championship became training platform for the final against Lanús. The first ‘game-training’ of the tricolor Gaucho will be against Flamengo. The match, which is part of the schedule of the thirty-second round, takes place this Sunday, November 5, starting at 5:00 p.m. (Brasília time).
Grêmio’s recent performance
The great goal of Grêmio in the season is even the continental tournament. Because of the games in Libertadores, coach Renato Gaucho chose to place teams entirely reserves in the Brasileirão to avoid physical wear and reduce the possibility of injury of its titular players.
The strategy served to put the tricolors in their fifth final of the Libertadores. However, before the first match of the decision, which will be held in Porto Alegre, there are three matches for Brasileirão on the agenda. Thus, in one or two of them the holders must be scaled up to avoid that they are without rhythm of game. It will naturally be up to coach Renato Gaúcho to choose which matches will be best to prepare his team for decision.
In this scenario, the Brasileirão is in second place, although Grêmio still has the ability to play the title. With 51 points (15 wins, six draws and ten losses), the team of Porto Alegre occupies the fourth position. It’s eight behind the Cruzeiro.
Although he has never shown signs of believing that he could be able to fight for the title in both tournaments, Renato Gaúcho also needs to manage the use of the Brasileirão as ‘plan B’. Through the competition, the top four finishers enter directly into the group stage of the 2018 edition of the Copa Libertadores de America.
Surely Grêmio would like to ensure their participation in the continental tournament next year as champion of the 2017 version. However, if they lose to Lanús, they will have to depend on the Brazilian Championship to guarantee their place without having to go through the qualifying stages.
For Sunday, it is very likely that a team very close to the owner is scaled. Of the main athletes, the only embezzlement certain is of the Barrancos. He suffered an injury shortly before Wednesday’s duel against Barcelona from Ecuador in Porto Alegre and is expected to stay away for 15 days.
Although he lost to the Ecuadorian side 1-0, the Gaucho club took advantage of the open lead with a 3-0 win away from their dominions. This quiet situation prevented excessive wear. However, reports from the physiology department may cause athletes who are not in the best of their fitness and at greatest risk of injury to be left out.
The current form of Flamengo
Rubro-negro is also involved in a continental competition. At the same time of the duel of the Grêmio by the Liberators, was in field facing the Fluminense by the quarterfinals of the Glass South American. He had to work harder to secure his place in the semifinals.
After winning their first game 1-0, Flamengo were ahead 3-1 in the second clash and managed to score in the second half of the second half to secure their survival.
The biggest victim of wear seems to have been veteran defender Juan. With pain, he had to leave the field still in the final stage. He gave the place to Rafael Vaz. The incumbent will not be able to play on Sunday and Vaz will most likely take the post.
This means that Rubro-negro will enter the field with his reserve behind as Réver, who had suffered a serious injury after entering Marco Junior in the first game against Fluminense, should only return to play at the end of November. Rodolpho took his place.
The number of team changes may increase, but not just because of physical issues. The left-back Trauco, for example, should also lose the starting position. He has been called to serve the Peruvian national team to play both games against New Zealand in the replay of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. This is not an absence that must be greatly felt.
In front of Fluminense, in the second game, it was in his sector that the tricolor achieved the best chances. So much so that at the time of putting another player in front, coach Reinaldo Rueda decided to take Trauco. Against the Grêmio, Rene must occupy the position. Another possibility is the entrance of Rodnei on the right-hand side moving Pará to the left.
Paolo Guerrero, another summoned for the Peruvian national team, will also not play on Sunday. Vizeu, who scored one of the goals against Fluminense, took the post. However, against Grêmio, the position can be assigned to the young Vinicius Junior, who was chosen to enter the vacancy of Trauco and had a good performance.
History of the bouts between Grêmio and Flamengo
The teams had their paths crossed in 61 opportunities by Brasileirão. Grêmio won 24 of the matches. The red-blacks got their best on 18 occasions and the draws were recorded 19 times. In the first round of the 2017 season, the gauchos scored 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro.
Flamengo’s very heavy wear in the midweek game can be decisive in Sunday’s match. This makes the guess at Grêmio the most appropriate choice for the match. It has a price of 2.15 on Bet365. Draw shows return of 3.00 and red-black success pays 3.80 per invested real.