Main tracker of Corinthians, leader of the Campeonato Brasileirão season 2017, Santos has Vasco as a rival on Wednesday, November 8. At Vila Belmiro, the match is part of the schedule for the thirty-third round of the competition. The start is scheduled for 21:45.
Santos’s recent performance
Peixe assumed the runner-up of the tournament on Saturday, November 4, defeating Atletico-MG, also in Vila Belmiro, by 3-1. Taking advantage of the defeat of Palmeiras on Sunday, November 5, against Corinthians (3 to 2), completed the day of number 32 as the greatest threat to the Corinthian title.
With 56 points (15 wins, 11 draws and six losses), the Saints are six points behind the Corinthians. In practice, however, this difference is a bit bigger, since even if you win two matches while your opponent does not score, Santos will not be able to beat Corinthians. It takes great disadvantage (18 to 15) in the number of wins, the first tiebreaker.
This makes the victory in the six remaining matches the only option that can be considered viable so that the team can reverse the situation in the final stretch. Therefore, interim coach Elano, who took the post after the resignation of Levir Culpi, decided to take a very different position from the predecessor.
While Culpi opted for a more conservative, primarily defensive tactical system, and opted to scale players with more experience, Elano positioned the team more offensively and decided to bet on base division athletes. Against the Rooster, he promoted the return of Arthur Gomes, 19. He had not been scaled since the match against Atletico-GO, in Goiânia, when Santos put a reserve team to act giving priority to other competitions. As he made the first goal against the Rooster, it must be kept between the starters.
As side Daniel Guedes is suspended, the probable Santos team to face Vasco is Vanderlei; Victor Ferraz, Lucas Veríssimo, David Braz and Jean Mota (Caju); Alison, Renato and Lucas Lima; Arthur Gomes, Bruno Henrique and Ricardo Oliveira.
The Fish is the most effective principal of the Brasileirão. When he acted as the owner of the house, he accumulated 36 points (11 wins, three draws and two losses).
The current form of Vasco
For the second consecutive round Vasco missed the opportunity to join the qualifying zone for the 2018 Copa Libertadores of America. Then an acceptable goalless draw with Flamengo, his direct rival in the fight for seventh place, again stumbled. This time, however, there is no way to have a positive look at equality. After taking advantage of the score, the Maltese cross went 1-1 at home to Vitoria, who only struggles to avoid relegation.
Thus, it remained in the eighth position of Brasileirão. He now has 45 points (12 wins, nine draws and 11 losses). They are two fewer than Flamengo, who were beaten by Grêmio by 3 to 1 in the thirty-second round, a result very favorable to the Basque team, who had a higher focus earlier in the week in the club’s electoral process than actually preparing for the duel this Wednesday.
This kind of situation usually ends up showing quite different visions in the same circumstances. Pessimists, for example, may point to this lack of decision-making power as an insurmountable obstacle for the team to achieve its goals. They have their reasons. The last one made an athlete from the offensive sector scored a goal was to win, by 1 to 0, in the classic against Botafogo. The midfielder Nene was responsible for the attempt.
From then on, the club beat Atlético-GO, 1-0, and drew 1-1 with Coritiba, with their goals scored by opponents. He went blank against Flamengo and had to rely on defender Breno to score against Vitória.
However, supporters of the half-full glass vision also have numbers to support their position. The first of these is the fact that Vasco have already reached the 45 points enough to avoid the fall to the Second Division, which was the biggest fear at the beginning of the season.
In addition, the team boasts an undefeated seven-game series. This is not a spectacular brand due to the large number of draws. It was five. The only two wins. With that, rivals that were well below in the classification like São Paulo (43), for example, approached threaten the position of Vasco. They are also eyeing the position Bahia, Atlético-PR, Atlético-MG and Fluminense, all with 42 points.
To face Santos, Vasco will not be able to count on veteran midfielder Wagner. Recovered from injury, he returned to training with his teammates, but still relies on an improvement in physical conditioning to be relied upon again.
Another drop will be the defender Anderson Martins. The examination revealed a right thigh injury that should keep him off the lawns for about two weeks
History of the matches Santos vs Vasco
The tie is the most frequent result of the duels involving Santos and Vasco in the Brasileirão. It has been recorded in 22 of the matches between the teams since 1971. The most recent, from 0 to 0, happened in the first round of the 2017 version of the tournament. The Saints managed to win 19 times and the successes vascaínos were 16.
At least in terms of disposition, Santos showed a significant change in behavior. Only the improvement in the quality of football remains. However, the home factor makes the Fish the best option to guess in Wednesday’s duel against Vasco. It has a price of 1.60 in Bet365. Draw shows return of 3.75 and successful visitor pays 6.00 per real bet.