Campeonato Brasileiro preview round 2

May 16, 2008 at 16:00 2 comments

On Saturday, we’ll be setting up shop at the estádio Mineirão for what should be an enticing fixture between two teams that like to attack: Cruzeiro and Botafogo.

Cruzeiro are one of the sides that could take this year’s Brasileiro. The foxes got off to a slow start in 2007 and did not become a fixture in the top four until round seventeen. Naturally, the Belo Horizonte club are hoping for a better beginning to this year’s campaign and with Adílson Batista now in charge they may just get it.

After going out to Boca Juniors in the Libertadores a week ago, Cruzeiro can now focus all their efforts on the league. A win last weekend against a cash-strapped Vitória was always on the cards. However, Cruzeiro road their luck in Bahia and were a little fortunate to come away with all the points.

Botafogo will be sterner test for Adílson Batista’s men. And the task will be made all the more difficult without Bolivia international forward, Marcelo Moreno, who got himself sent off last Sunday. However, leftback, Jadílson, should return from injury.

Rio de Janeiro’s Botafogo also got off to a winning start despite fielding a weakened side against Sport Recife. On Wednesday, Botafogo booked their place in the semi-finals of the Copa do Brasil and will take on Corinthians next week. With this important match coming up, Cuca will rest players against Cruzeiro but may hand a debut to the ex São Paulo and Werder Bremen man, Carlos Alberto. (To find out why the Copa do Brasil is so important, click here).

In 2007, Botafogo led the league for sixteen out of the first nineteen rounds before they fell away in the second-half of the season and finished in a very disappointing ninth. Cuca would have learnt a lot from last year’s experience but the underlying problem remains i.e. a reasonable first team but no strength in depth.

Kick off: Saturday 17th May – 18:10 Brasilia

Ones to watch: Cruzeiro’s Ramirez. Botafogo’s Carlos Alberto (if he gets a game)

Goal average = 2.9 – six 0x0s

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The estádio Arena da Baixada in the city of Curitiba is the venue for Sunday’s tie between Atlético Paranaense and São Paulo.

In round one, Atlético scrambled a less than convincing win against newly-promoted Ipatinga thanks to former Flamengo man, Léo Medeiros.

This is Ney Franco’s second season in charge and he will want to improve on the twelfth place his efforts achieved in 2007. Despite his side crashing out to minnows Corinthians AL in the Copa do Brasil and losing in the finals of the Campeonato Paranaense, Franco has survived. But the coach may not survive for too much longer if Atlético don’t perform in the league. In that light, Sunday’s game against São Paulo could not have come at a better time. For Sunday’s game, Atlético have injury doubts over Antônio Carlos, Rhodolfo & Valencia.

The league champions will once again be focused on a midweek fixture against fellow Brazilians Fluminense in the Libertadores and are sure to field a weakened side.

Last Sunday, Muricy Ramalho also rested players and São Paulo looked very poor in the 1×0 home defeat to Grêmio.

São Paulo have never beaten Atlético in the Arena da Baixada and you have to go back twenty-six years to the last time the Morumbi outfit beat the Hurricanes in Curitiba in the league.

Kick off: 16:00 Brasilia

Ones to watch: Atlético’s Netinho put in some good performances last year. And it might be an interesting afternoon for ex Atlético men Dagoberto and Jancarlos. 

Goal average: 2.6

 

 

 

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ursus arctos  |  May 17, 2008 at 10:41

    Perhaps a stupid question from a Brazilian standpoint, but why are scores given with an “X” in the middle?

    In Italy, Spain and most of Southern Europe, the “X” is synonomous with a draw, and it always throws me when Footbrazil or the like throw up a “3X2”.

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  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  May 17, 2008 at 12:28

    never thought about that before. i’ll see if anyone knows. though it’s probably just the style here.

    Reply

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