Sport Recife visit Vitoria in Thursday’s crunch Brazilian Serie A encounter. Both sides are firmly in the relegation battle, making the fixture all the more important.
Said battle is one Vitoria look like winning in current form, with Vagner Mancini inspiring a miraculous revival since stepping into the Leão dugout for a fourth stint. The 50 year old inherited a team mired deep inside the drop zone, but 6 wins from the last 9 have the hosts up in 11th, 2 points clear of danger.
Vitoria have looked an entirely different beast in recent weeks, and one which is certainly proving to be a potent one. Over said run of games, an average of 1.77 goals have been plunged in, and whilst an average of 1 a game has been conceded, that’s of little concern at the moment given the strength being shown in attacking lines.
Meanwhile, Sport’s alarming slide down the table now has them in the relegation zone, 1 point adrift of safety. Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s men put together a run of 4 consecutive wins over June and July, but have been nothing short of dreadful in recent months, and currently find themselves 9 league matches without a win, 6 of which ended in defeat.
Pressure is beginning to mount on Luxemburgo and if things don’t turn around soon, you can’t see him retaining his job. It’s almost unthinkable that salvation will be found in this clash however, considering recent showings on the road have seen them lose 6 games consecutively, failing to even so much as score in the last 5.
The two teams couldn’t arrive any further apart in terms of confidence and form. Vitoria have been on the rise for a good few weeks now and are one of the league’s form outfits, whilst Sport have put in some horrendous showings and look nailed on for relegation, in their current state.
As such, backing the home win at odds the right side of Evs looks a fantastic idea. Vitoria have won 5 of the last 6 games between the sides, scoring an average of 1.83 goals a game in the process, and everything points to them making it 6 from 7. 2-0 home win.
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