Campeonato Brasileiro preview round 29

October 10, 2008 at 19:55 Leave a comment

With Brazil in action on Sunday against Venezuela, we’re transmitting just one game this weekend and our cameras are in the estádio Maracanã as Flamengo take on Atlético Mineiro.

Last weekend, Fla came away with a 2-0 win against Náutico and the result left Flamengo still firmly in the hunt for a top four finish and a place in the Libertadores.

Fla have a good home record picking up 9 wins, 2 draws, and 3 losses (2-4 São Paulo, 0-1 Vitória, 1-2 Cruzeiro).

Flamengo have also been pretty handy against Atlético Mineiro in Rio de Janeiro. In 19 meetings in the Brasileiro, the Red and Blacks have won 11 compared to Atlético’s 4.

The pressure will be on again as another big crowd is expected on Saturday with over 65,000 tickets already sold.

While Flamengo are pushing for glory, Atlético have survival on their minds having failed to break free from their position just above the bottom four.

In the last round, they went down to their ninth away defeat when they lost 3×1 at Palmeiras.

With 9 defeats and just one road win to their name, it’s going to be another difficult fixture for Marcelo Oliveira’s men.

To make matters worse, Atlético haven’t beaten Flamengo in the Maracanã for 23 years (10 games in all competitions).

Adding to the Belo Horizonte club’s woes is the fact that first-teamers Mariano, Calisto, and Lenílson were all fired after arriving back at the team hotel at around

5 am on the day of the game vs Palmeiras. The players needed a heavy police escort to get them away from Atlético’s headquarters at Lourdes after angry fans turned up baying for blood.

Flamengo are without Juan who is with Brazil, Fierro who’s with Chile, Fábio Luciano who is suspended and the injured Everton.

Marques was red-carded last week. Midfielder Petkovic comes in as Renan Oliveira is pushed up front. Jael drops to the bench.

Kick off: Saturday 11th October – 18:20 – Brasilia

Ones to watch: Fla’s Marcelinho Paraiba. Atlético’s Renan Oliveira

Elsewhere, round 29 got underway on Wednesday and Grêmio returned to the top after a 2-0 win against Santos in the estádio Olímpico. Palmeiras were away at Figueirense but could only manage a 0-0 draw (Grêmio won there 7-1 earlier this season!). On Thursday, Cruzeiro and São Paulo did just enough with narrow 1-0 home wins over Ipatinga and Náutico respectively.

See the table and the rest of the fixtures here

Want to see who could finish where at the end of the round? Check out our table simulator here

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The man who came up with: Messi carrying Argentina. Neymar carrying Brazil. British Airways carrying England. My name is Jon Cotterill. I am an English football commentator for TV Globo in São Paulo, Brazil. Currently we're broadcasting two live Campeonato Brasileiro or Campeonato Paulista games per week plus our magazine show, Footbrazil to 180 countries. + Eu trabalho como narrador na TV Globo em São Paulo, Brasil. Atualmente, nos transmitimos dois jogos ao vivo do Campeonato Brasileiro ou Campeonato Paulista por semana e nosso programa de futebol semanal, Footbrazil.

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