Campeonato Brasileiro preview round 25

September 12, 2008 at 18:16 Leave a comment

Luxemburgo and Batista

Luxemburgo and Batista

Saturday sees us in Porto Alegre and the estádio Olímpico for Grêmio as they take on Goiás.

Grêmio have led the league for eleven rounds and are sitting pretty with a six point gap separating them and second-placed Cruzeiro.

The statistics really say it all about Celso Roth’s boys: Grêmio have won 14 matches and have lost only three times. They have the best defence in the league conceding just 16 in 24 games and have kept 12 clean sheets. At home this season, they’ve yet to lose and only three clubs (Flamengo, Internacional, and Palmeiras) have left with a point. In fact, Grêmio haven’t lost in the Olímpico for 5 months since they went down 2-3 to Juventude in the Campeonato Gaúcho.

In their first meeting, Grêmio swept Goiás aside 3-0 in the estádio Serra Dourada.

But Goiás are now a different proposition thanks to the work of coach Hélio dos Anjos and the goals of former Internacional man, Iarley.

Goiás have just two away wins to their name (4-0 Santos & 1-0 Cruzeiro), they’ve drawn 3 but lost 7.

The Goiano side do have a reasonable record in the Olímpico managing 5 victories and 4 draws in the league.

Goiás start the day in 10th and a whopping 16 points behind the leaders.

For Grêmio, William Magrão is doubtful. Forward Perea is still out. So, Reinaldo starts. The influential, Romerito, is injured for Goiás.

Goal average = 2. 45 – seven 0x0s

Kick off: Saturday 13th – 18:20 – Brasilia

Ones to watch: Grêmio’s Reinaldo. Goiás’ Iarley.

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On Sunday, we have a crunch game in the estádio Mineirão as second-placed Cruzeiro take on third-placed Palmeiras.

These two sides have been just about neck and neck all season and now only goal difference is keeping Cruzeiro above Palmeiras.

Coach Adílson Batista’s brand of football has never been universally popular with all the Cruzeiro fans. But the results have all but silenced the critics and Cruzeiro should at least qualify for the Libertadores once again. 

Cruzeiro are solid at home winning 9, drawing 2 and losing just once (Goiás (0-1).

Their stats against Palmeiras in Belo Horizonte are impressive. They have won the last four meetings and that includes a 5-0 thrashing in 2007. In 16 games in the Brasileiro, Cruzeiro have won 10, drawn 1 and lost only one – 1-0 way back in 1974.

Palmeiras hammered Cruzeiro 5-2 earlier this season in the Palestra Itália. But Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s team have consistently failed to perform away from home. With 24 rounds gone, Palmeiras have managed just 3 wins out of São Paulo (2-0 Vasco, 2-1 Ipatinga, 2-1 Atlético PR). So, it comes as some surprise that even with 6 away losses, Palmeiras are still pushing for the title.

Cruzeiro and Palmeiras have picked up more penalties than any other clubs: 8 each and both have converted six.

Top scorer Guilherme is suspended and Ramires is a doubt for Cruzeiro. Palmeiras are also without their leading marksman as Alex Mineiro picked up a third yellow in the 3-0 home loss to Sport. Luxemburgo’s other regular forward, Kléber, is also suspended (yet again). Lenny, Evandro and Diego Souza are expected to lead the line. At the back, the dodgy Gladstone has been dropped and may not face his former club. Mauricio or midfielder Martinez will fill in.

Goal average = 2.60 – four 0-0s

Kick off: Sunday 14th – 16:00 – Brasilia

Ones to watch: this confrontation throws together two coaches with contrasting styles. So, it’s going to be interesting to see who wins the tactical battle between Adílson Batista and Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

Elsewhere, Botafogo take on Internacional and could go second if Cruzeiro and Palmeiras draw. A loss for either São Paulo or Flamengo at the estádio Morumbi will signal the end of any remote chance of taking the title. Vitória and Coritiba meet in Bahia and both need the win to stay in touch with the top four. The estádio Vila Belmiro is the venue for troubled sides Santos (16th) and Fluminense (17th). Cuca is sure to get a hot reception following his torrid time on the coast earlier this season.

See the table and all the fixtures here

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