Wednesday’s Brazilian Serie A clash features America Mineiro doing battle with Chapecoense. The hosts will be looking to return to winning ways after back to back defeats.
After losing to two of the division’s stronger teams, in the form of local rivals Atletico Mineiro and Grêmio, America will be happy to now have a more winnable looking game on the agenda.
Enderson Moreira’s men have made a decent start in their quest to avoid an immediate return to Serie B but will want to break a cycle that has seen them lose 4 of their last 5 league matches. Given the tricky run they’ve had in terms of the quality of the opponents they’ve faced, morale will not be entirely diminished in Coelho ranks and having won 4 of their 6 Serie A home matches so far, those that take to the field will do so confident of building on their current comfortable mid-table standing.
Meanwhile, Chape arrive off the back of an excellent 2-0 home win over a powerful Cruzeiro outfit, with probably their best performance of the season. Like America, Chape’s main aim for the season is retaining top-flight status, with equalling last season’s finish in the Copa Libertadores slots a distant improbability.
The visitors come into the match behind their hosts on goal difference and are also very similar in the sense that they perform far better on home soil than on the road. Indeed, Gilson Kleina’s troops are unbeaten on their own patch so far this season, but have taken just 2 points from 6 matches on away soil, losing 3 of the last 4 in the process.
Ultimately, there’s not a great deal between these two teams but home advantage is likely to play a huge role in deciding the contest. Both outfits’ home form is what looks like keeping their respective heads above relegation water and taking that into account, the best way to play here is backing an America win.
They’ve played some excellent football at the Estádio Independência in the action we’ve seen this term, plunging home an average of 1.83 goals a game and up against a visiting team that has from convinced on their travels, they should be able to secure victory, with a 3-1 win looking on the cards.
Ameirca Mineiro possible starting XI: Jori; Aderlan, Messias, Ferraz, Palmieri; Savio, Donizete, Marquinhos, Serginho, Luan; Aylon.
Chapecoense possible starting XI: Jandrei; Apodi, Thyere, Douglas, Pacheco; Paulista, Canteros, Elicarlos, Aruaho, Silva; Pereira.
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