With Ponte Preta on his tail, Vitória receives the Cruzeiro this Sunday, November 19, in his fight for survival in the elite division of national football. The match, which counts for the thirty-sixth (antepenultimate) round of the Brazilian Championship will be held at the Manoel Barradas stadium, Barradão, in Salvador. The kick-off is scheduled for 5 pm (Brasília time, 4 pm in the capital of Bahia).
The recent performance of Vitoria
The red-blacks were defeated by Chapecoense on the night of Thursday, November 16. In Chapecó, even took advantage in the marker, but ended up taking the turn by 2 to 1.
Thus, they followed with 39 points (ten wins, nine draws and 16 losses), in the sixteenth position, the first outside the relegation zone. However, they were joined by Ponte Preta, who defeated Atlético-PR on Wednesday, November 15, at home, achieving the same score. The red-blacks only take advantage in this duel in the balance of goals. They have a negative balance of eight while alvinegros present a deficit of 11.
With just one victory in the last nine rounds, Vitoria will enter the field sooner than the rival on the penultimate day of the Brasileirão. The Macaca will only play on Monday, November 20, against Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro. You have the opportunity to stay in a more comfortable position and increase the pressure on the opponent’s back.
What appears to be the major obstacle to completing this mission is great difficulty in achieving good results at home that the club has been presenting. In the last match in Barradão, he even managed to break a three-month fast without success by beating Palmeiras 3-1. But he remains the most ineffective side of the Brazilian Championship with only 13 points (three wins, four draws and ten losses) of the 51 disputed in this situation.
To face Cruzeiro, coach Vagner Mancini will not be able to count on his right-back holder. Caique Sá received the third yellow card at the Condá Arena and will have to comply with suspension. At first, Patric, who specializes in position, appears more cotato. The technician, however, can improvise Ramon in the industry.
With the punishment for the accumulation of yellow cards fulfilled, defender Kanu and the midfielder Filipe Souto are back at their disposal.
The current form of the Cruise
The miners continue their test season against the Bahian rubro-negro for the 2018 season. With the Libertadores spot guaranteed with the Copa do Brasil victory and the contract of coach Mano Menezes renewed, the coach gives chances to athletes who did little in 2017 to see if it will keep them.
On the night of Wednesday, November 15, he faced the Mineirão Avaí, rival of Victory in the fight against relegation. The score was 2 – 2. He got 55 points (15 wins, 10 draws and 10 losses). It follows fifth place, with smaller possibilities of trying to reach the runner-up, goal that was drawn by the coach for the final stretch. Grêmio, who beat Sao Paulo 1-0, moved to 61 points in second place.
Just as the 2018 season has arrived for Cruzeiro, the same can be said about the crises. The first of these was generated by the loss of left-back Diogo Barbosa. One of the main players of the team throughout the year and author of the goal that eliminated Palmeiras in the semifinals of the Brazil Cup, the athlete was hired by the team from São Paulo. Without resources, the mining team had no way to keep the player.
This has prompted accusations between the current board and the top men who will take charge of the club for years to come. However, it was up to Manos Menezes to put warm cloths in the situation and to say understand the loss before the delicate economic situation that the club is. The names to replace Diogo Barbosa begin to emerge. Thiago Carleto, of Coritiba, and Egídio, of Palmeiras, top the list.
History of the bouts between Vitória and Cruzeiro
Cruzeiro has a wide advantage in the duels with Vitória in Brasileirão. Won 21 out of 35 matches. The other 14 were divided between Bahian successes and draws. In the first round of 2017, in Mineirão, there was equality without goals.
In a championship that shows little technical difference between the vast majority of teams, the item disposition often ends up being decisive. So the guess at Vitória seems to be the most appropriate for the match. The price for this possibility is 2.25 in Rivalo. Draw shows return of 3.30 and mining success multiplies the investment by 3.20.