Wednesday’s Brazilian Cup round of 16, second leg action sees Chapecoense playing host to Atletico Mineiro. Another tight game is expected after a first leg 0-0 draw.
It’s certainly all still to play for after the first leg, but Chape certainly came away from that game the happier of the two, having put men behind the ball from the off and defended well under pressure. With no away goal rule in place, the fact Verdão didn’t find the net is of no real importance and those that take to the field will now be looking to finish the job off in front of the home crowd.
Chape haven’t made the best of starts to the new campaign, which many expected them to struggle in, but arrive with confidence boosted after picking up their first Serie A win of the year over the weekend, up against leaders Flamengo. Said victory ended a previous streak of 4 consecutive draws across all competition and is something Gilson Kleina’s men will be desperate to build on here.
Meanwhile, Atletico Mineiro also picked up an impressive win in weekend action, succeeding in a difficult trip to Atletico PR, moving Galo level on points with the early pacesetters and helping fans to get over a narrow Copa Sudamericana exit at the hands of Argentines San Lorenzo.
Thiago Larghi’s troops are not playing the sparkling football they are certainly capable of, but are proving hard to beat more than anything, currently unbeaten in 7 outings across all competitions, 4 of which coming from draws. Atletico have certainly complicated matters in this particular tie after failing to open up an advantage on home soil, but will still be confident of advancing nonetheless, possessing the stronger squad on paper.
Ultimately, with the stakes high and both sides proving difficult to beat, another tight game looks likely and the two look difficult to beat. 4 of Chape’s last 5 games have ended in draws, whilst the same can be said of 3 of Atletico’s last 4 and backing both streaks to continue here looks the way to play, at very appealing odds.
We envisage a repeat of the first leg full time score, which would take the match straight to penalties, and are more than happy to have a small play on it in addition to our main tip.
Chapecoense possible starting XI: Jandrei; Apodi, Rafael Thyere, Douglas, Bruno Pacheco; Guilherme, Amaral, Marcio Araujo, Arthur Caike; Canteros, Wellington Paulista.
Atlético Mineiro possible starting XI: Victor; Patric, Bremer, Gabriel, Fabio Santos; Blanco, Adilson, Otero, Luan, Guedes; Oliveira.
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