Most probably with the starting team, Grêmio receives Vitória this Sunday, November 12, in a match that is part of the schedule of the thirty-fourth round of the Brazilian Championship in its 2017 version. Starting at 17h (Brasília time), the confrontation will be held at the Alfredo Jaconi stadium in Caxias do Sul. Arena Grêmio, which was rented for a musical show, is not available.
Grêmio’s recent performance
After indicating that he should put his main team on the pitch, Renato Gaucho surprised and climbed a team mostly made up of reserves to face Ponte Preta in Campinas on Wednesday, November 9. Only four athletes considered headliners.
However, the Macaca, who is struggling to escape relegation, decided to collaborate. The flier Fernando Bob was sent off in the 18 minutes of the first half by violent game and left his team with one less athlete. It opened the way for Grêmio’s first win with their team B in Brasileirão. The gauchos scored 1 to 0.
Benefiting from the defeat of Santos (2 to 1 for Vasco), Grêmio reassumed the second place of the Brasileirão with 58 points (17 wins, six draws and ten losses). However, the possibility of achieving an overwhelming campaign at the end to try to overcome Corinthians, leader, seems not to be part of the plans of the technical committee. The only priority is the Copa Libertadores title. The first match against Lanús is scheduled for the 26th.
Without needing to expose their athletes to the wear and tear of a trip, Renato Gaúcho studies putting the holders in the field to avoid that they spend a long time without acting and lose rhythm of game. The decision, however, should only be taken hours before departure. The tricolor technical commission said it will make an assessment of the lawn conditions to determine if top athletes will be used. This should only be done on Sunday, as the Under 15 Youth team has a game scheduled for the stadium on Saturday, November 11
The current form of Victory
Round 33 was also positive for the red-blacks from Bahia. After three months without winning at home, Vitoria broke the taboo and scored 3-1 at Palmeiras. The three points won took the team from the relegation zone. The Lion climbed to the sixteenth place having reached 38 points (ten wins, eight draws and 15 losses).
The optimism of the fans increases even more thanks to the excellent performance presented by the team as a visitor. Of the 38 points accumulated, 25 (seven wins, four draws and five defeats) were in that situation, which places Vitória as fourth place in the ranking of this issue in the 2017 Brasileirão.
The scenario was not considered perfect either because midfielder Yago received the third yellow card in front of the São Paulo alviverde and will have to complete suspension on Sunday. Also missing from the game is Uillian Correia, who was sent off on Wednesday.
For the job of Yago, the biggest candidate is Neilton. The athlete can not act on Wednesday since he was serving suspension for the accumulation of yellow cards. Ramon is the highest rated to take the place of Uillian Correia.
History of the matches
Held for the first time in the 1972 edition of Brasileirão, the Grêmio and Vitória match had 38 matches in the tournament with 18 Gremista successes, 12 Rubro-Negras victories and eight equal matches. In the first round of the 2017 version of the tournament in Salvador, the visitors scored 3-1.
The need for Victory married to the lack of interest of the Guild for the tournament opens space for a more risky guess in the visitor, which has a price of 4.50 per real invested in Bet365. Gaucho success yields 1.72 and tie pays 3.60 for 1.