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  1. Sport Recife vs Figueirense Each of these teams has drawn twice in the opening two rounds. Both have exhibited a lack of rhythm (still missing key starters) and lack of physical conditioning to maintain intensity during matches. The home team has greater competition in the defensive sector and, unsurprisingly, has so far displayed a consistent defensive system (defending and playing the ball out of defence). But the team comes from a 1-1 draw away to Bragantino; during which they conceded a 5th minute goal, had to pull a goal back and eventually weathered opposition pressure to pres
  2. The Serie B has now gone two rounds, with the third round running this weekend. Please note some salient points in this year’s championship: The first relates to finances. Brazil’s FA, the CBF, made a rather drastic decision to end the so-called “parachute funds” previously paid to newly-demoted clubs from Serie A. This change, valid from 2019 to the 2022 edition, reflects a gigantic loss of revenue and erosion of a clear competitive advantage for the demoted clubs seeking an immediate promotion back to Serie A. Therefore, the first victims of this change are America MG, Parana, Sport Re
  3. Coritiba vs Sport Recife Hosts will have the Couto Pereira stadium available again, after a three-week period of re-laying the turf (planting winter grass). After conceding 6 goals and scoring two in three matches, the priority last week was on the team re-discovering its defensive and offensive balance. But the team is facing 3 key absences in the defensive system: centre-back Werley (injured), right-back Leo (injured) and central midfielder Jonas (suspended). However, defensive midfielders Marcio and Wallison Maia plus newly-hired defender Luizao are available. Coach Pachequinho is
  4. Vasco vs Flamengo Vasco is strong at home (5 wins and only one loss so far); and comes into this match buoyed after gaining its first point away from home (2-2 away to Coritiba). Vasco also has the psychological edge in this fixture; winning five, drawing four and losing only one in the last 10 ties with Flamengo. However, the hosts will have three key absences: defender Breno plus defensive midfielders Jean and Douglas Soares. Striker Luis Fabiano returns from suspension. Overall, Vasco’s squad quality has been affected by the club’s delicate financial situation, with players’ wag
  5. Goias vs Luverdense The Goias club board was unhappy with the team’s recent overwhelming defeats - the Goiania derby loss (2-0) at home against Vila Nova, followed by the 3-0 away defeat to Juventude; and sought immediate technical changes by initiating negotiations with former Brazil Olympic team coach Rogerio Micale to replace Silvio Criciuma (who would return to his previous position as the club’s Under-20 coach). However, the board put off this decision after the players supported Silvio Criciuma to continue as their coach and they promised greater commitment and better results
  6. Atlanta United vs Columbus Crew Despite winning 3-2 against Charleston in the US Open Cup in mid-week, Coach Gerardo Martino was unhappy because the team made a lot of errors against a supposedly weaker opposition. Notably, the defence lost individual battles and conceded goals from set-pieces (they also gave up three goals on set-pieces in the loss to Vancouver three weeks earlier). Martino was forced to make wholesale changes in the backline, plus accommodating another injury in midfield. The game plan was therefore disrupted as three key players went 90 minutes ie strikers Miguel Almir
  7. Banfield vs Rosario Central Hosts have displayed orderly and astonishingly reliable performance this season. They are currently in third spot with 51 points, just one point behind River Plate and five points behind table-leaders Boca Juniors; and in line for a spot in next year’s Copa Libertadores, with just three rounds to go! Banfield have been very consistent at home: 10 wins, two draws and just one defeat (against leaders Boca); and come into this game having won all the last five home fixtures. Coach Julio Cesar Falcioni prefers a closed game, counter-attacking through fast transitio
  8. Nautico vs Parana Nautico started the championship in the midst of a financial crisis, with key players leaving and the club unable to make quality replacements. Even experienced ‘fire-fighter’ Coach Waldemar Lemos admitted that he had never been in this situation before and called for patience before the team can exhibit good performance. The team is firmly at the bottom of the table; with two draws and four losses. They come from a 4-2 thrashing away to Internacional. Nevertheless, the team is showing evolution, particularly in attack. Though visiting Parana ha
  9. Chapecoense vs Gremio This game was postponed from Wednesday to Thursday due to bad weather conditions in Santa Catarina; as both teams could not land at the local Chapeco airport. Both teams had to resort to a 7-hour bus journey from Porto Alegre to Chapeco; with Chapecoense arriving on Tuesday afternoon while Gremio arrived a day later (after initially refusing the bus journey and requesting for a postponement of the match). Chapecoense will go to the top of the table with a win in this match, following their weekend 2-0 away win over Cruzeiro. Central defender Luis Otavio returns
  10. Coritiba vs Palmeiras Hosts have had a great start to the championship with 9 points in four games, just one point less than the leading teams. They come into this game motivated after winning the local derby against Atletico PR (1-0); in a balanced game but Coritiba proved more efficient and won through a headed goal by defender Marcio. Coach Pachequinho will have the same starting eleven available. Palmeiras has had a slow start to the new season, currently in 13th place with 4 points. Notably, they have lost their first two games away from home, and are yet to score a goal away. T
  11. Londrina vs Parana Hosts come from a 1-0 loss away to Ceara, where they were well-organized and only conceded a last-minute goal. Thus, team lost three places and approaches the relegation zone; therefore must respond and not lose to a state rival, to avoid pressure so early in the championship. Londrina has so far shown a defensive system that is still insecure; already conceding 6 goals in 4 games, which gives an average of 1.5 goals per game. Coach Claudio Tencati gets back key striker Jonatas Belusso (3 goals) from suspension. Parana’s new Coach Cristian Souza inherited a
  12. Quilmes vs Patronato Both teams are battling relegation, though Patronato have a slightly better chance with a better calculated average than the hosts. And after this game, Quilmes’ next two opponents will also be relegation strugglists ie Atletico Rafaela (away) and Arsenal Sarandi (home). In this situation, the hosts would be expected to take the initiative in this match, but their biggest problem is the lack of creative ability; scoring only one goal and conceding five in the last five league matches. Indeed their best player in recent matches has been the goalkeeper Cesar Rigamonti,
  13. Colorado vs Columbus Colorado won ugly in last week’s 1-0 home win against Sporting Kansas and seek to consolidate their improving home form, in their effort to get off the bottom of the Western conference table. But they will miss Goalkeeper Tim Howard (on national team duty) and centre-back Bobby Burling (suspended). Fitness issues and unavailability of defensive options has raised doubts about the composition of the back four, for this match. Whatever the make-up of the team, Coach Pablo Mastroeni's game plan is likely to remain a relentless defence. In their most recent a
  14. Sarmiento vs Defensa Hosts come from a 4-2 thrashing away to San Martin; thus firmly rooted to the bottom of both the league table as well as the table of averages, and on the verge of relegation. The team needs a miracle to survive: it has not won in the last ten matches (three draws and seven losses), and has conceded ten goals in the last three games. For this game, Coach Fernando ‘Tete’ Quiroz (the fourth coach of the team this season) will miss injured defenders Alexis Niz and Francisco Dutari, while winger Adrian Scifo is suspended. And in a sign that the club is already planning fo
  15. Friday 2 June 2017 Home Draw Away BPP Club Atlético Sarmiento v Defensa y Justicia (23:00 BST) 6.7 4.15 1.63 100.37 % Saturday 3 June 2017 Home Draw Away BPP Godoy Cruz v Atlético de Rafaela (01:15 BST) 2.16 3.48 3.85 101.01 % Tigre v Vélez Sársfield (18:00 BST) 2.44 3.2 3.3
  16. Brasil Pelotas vs Nautico Hosts have not had a win yet (two draws and one loss) in the three rounds so far played. Therefore, they have an opportunity to get their first three points and to rise in the table. Coach Rogerio Zimmermann will make two modifications for this match – both in the defensive sector ie central defender Evaldo replaces Teco who was red-carded in the last match away to Goias, while Wender takes the place of right-back Eder Sciola who performed poorly in the same game. However, newly-acquired center-forward Lincom will finally be available, though he will start on the
  17. River Plate vs Rosario Central Boca Juniors’ unexpected 1-1 draw, away to Huracan yesterday, has suddenly swung the title momentum towards River Plate; which can climb to the top of the table if they beat Rosario today and also win their game in hand on Wednesday away to Atletico Tucuman. The hosts come from a 1-2 home loss to Colombia’s Independiente Medellin on Thursday, in the Copa Libertadores. Despite the fact that River had already qualified for the last 16 and Coach Marcello left seven regulars out of the starting eleven, the loss was still embarrassing as the club was
  18. Atletico Tucuman vs Banfield Hosts have had adverse results recently in the league, attributed to loss of concentration and failure to close out games towards the end. The latest is a 1-0 loss away to Rafaela, in which defender Bruno Bianchi was expelled. However, the last three league games were away and now the team returns to its home. Despite having a Copa Libertadores match next week (away to Palmeiras in Brazil), Coach Pablo Lavallen has his full attention on this league match. However, the offensive sector is hampered by the absence of their top-scorer Fernando Zampedri (knee inju
  19. Saturday 20 May 2017 Home Draw Away BPP Atlético Tucumán v Banfield (01:15 BST) 2.8 3.3 2.99 99.46 % Belgrano v Patronato (18:00 BST) 2.06 3.4 4.65 99.46 % Lanus v Atlético de Rafaela (20:15 BST) 2.26 3.28 3.6 102.51 % Club Atlético Sarmiento v Talleres de Córdoba (21:15 BST) 3.5 3.2
  20. Friday 19 May 2017 Home Draw Away BPP Paraná Clube v Paysandu PA (23:15 BST) 1.92 3.52 5.3 99.36 % Saturday 20 May 2017 Home Draw Away BPP Vila Nova FC v EC Juventude (00:30 BST) 1.93 3.6 4.7 100.87 % América-MG v Goiás EC (01:30 BST) 2.1 3.4 4.3 100.29 %
  21. Saturday 20 May 2017 Home Draw Away BPP Santos FC v Coritiba (20:00 BST) 1.82 3.65 5.4 100.86 % Atlético Goianiense v Flamengo (23:00 BST) 4 3.5 2.08 101.65 % Chapecoense v Palmeiras (23:00 BST) 2.98 3.38 2.61 101.46 % Sunday 21 May 2017 Home Draw Away BPP
  22. Coritiba vs Atletico Go In each of the last five Serie A seasons, Coritiba has been struggling to avoid relegation. But there is renewed optimism that the team will perform better than the previous seasons, after winning this year’s Paranense state championship. Under new coach Pachequinho, promoted from the youth team, the team features a structured defence. Three new reinforcements include a midfielder and two strikers, particularly creating competition in attack. But the team has sold 22-year old defender Juninho to the defending champions Palmeiras. In this first game of the season, C
  23. Palmeiras was Serie A champion in 2016, after a long wait of 22 years without a championship title. Palmeiras gave no chance to rivals; with the best attack, best defence and a consistent performance throughout the championship. The highlights of the team were: Dudu, captain of the team, Gabriel Jesus (now in Manchester city) was elected player of the championship, and Coach Cuca. Three players shared the top-scorer spot in 2016: Fred (Atlético-MG), Diego Souza (Sport) and William Pottker (Ponte Preta). Each scored just 14 goals, the lowest total in the last 25 years. Fred and Diego Souza
  24. San Martin vs Godoy Cruz This is the derby of Cuyo, the wine producing, mountainous area of central-west Argentina. Godoy hosted the first meeting this year, just two weeks ago, that ended in a goalless draw. At that time, Godoy was preparing to host an important tie that would determine their classification from the group stage of the Copa Libertadores. This time round, Godoy has an away tie (in five days) against Brazilian club Atletico MG; but they are already guaranteed a historic qualification into the knock-out stage (last 16), and can therefore fully focus on this derby. Godoy will
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