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The Série A match at Estádio Urbano Caldeira on Thursday sees hosts Santos fighting it out with opponents Atlético Mineiro.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Santos v Atlético Mineiro can be seen below - plus the latest match odds.
Santos will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following a 0-1 Série A success over Ceará.
In that game, Santos managed 37% possession and 9 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for Santos was Felipe Jonatan (9'). On the other side, Ceará got 13 shots on goal with 6 of them on target.
Alexi Cuca's Santos have managed to score a sum total of 8 times over their last 6 outings. The corresponding number of goals that they have conceded in that time stands at 6.
Going into this contest, Santos are without a win at home for the past 2 league games.
Atlético Mineiro will go into the meeting after a 0-1 Série A win to defeat Coritiba in their previous fixture.
In that game, Atlético Mineiro managed 53% possession and 19 shots on goal with 2 on target. The only player to score for Atlético Mineiro was Eduardo Sasha (33'). At the other end, Coritiba had 13 shots at goal with 3 on target.
Throughout their six previous matches, Jorge Sampaoli's Atlético Mineiro have found the net a total of 10 times thus yielding them the goals per game average of 1.67.
Coming into this clash, Atlético Mineiro have left without a victory over Santos when they've played them away from home in the last 5 matches in the league. Not good.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 12/07/2017 shows that Santos have won 4 of these & Atlético Mineiro 2, with the tally of drawn games being 0.
A combined sum of 20 goals were scored between them in these games, with 11 from Peixe and 9 coming from Galo. That’s an average goals per game of 3.33.
The last league fixture between these sides was Série A match day 27 on 20/10/2019 when the final score was Atlético Mineiro 2-0 Santos.
That day, Atlético Mineiro managed 30% possession and 9 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Goals were scored by Luan (2') and Silva (22').
For their opponents, Santos got 12 shots at goal with 1 of them on target.
The referee was Caio Max Augusto Vieira.
Team News: Santos
Santos manager Alexi Cuca does not have any fitness concerns at all ahead of this clash thanks to a fully healthy group available to select from.
It seems likely that Peixe look set to employ a 4-3-3 system for this game with João Paulo, Felipe Jonatan, Alex, Jobson Souza Santos, Madson, Carlos Andres Sánchez, Arthur Gomes, Diego Pituca, Yeferson Soteldo, Lucas Braga Ribeiro and Marinho.
Team News: Atlético Mineiro
Owing to an otherwise healthy group, there’s only the sole fitness worry for the Atlético Mineiro gaffer Jorge Sampaoli to be concerned with. Diego Tardelli (Injury to the ankle) won’t be playing here.
There’s a good chance that Galo might play in a 4-3-3 formation, going with Rafael, Guilherme Arana, Júnior Alonso, Igor Rabello, Guga, Jair Rodrigues Júnior, Alan Franco, Allan Rodriguez de Souza, Marquinhos, Eduardo Sasha and Marcos Da Silva Franca.
Our feeling is that Santos will do well to see themselves scoring against this Atlético Mineiro outfit who will likely emerge victorious.
We’re therefore anticipating a 0-1 victory for Atlético Mineiro at the conclusion of the game.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Urbano Caldeira (16,068)
Captain: Alison Lopes Ferreira
Chairman: José Carlos Peres
Manager: Alexi Cuca
Competitions: Série A position 7, Copa Libertadores (Group G)
🔑 Key Player: Marinho
Mostly played in the Right Wing position, Marinho was born in Penedo, Brazil. Having made his senior debut playing for Fluminense in the 2008 season, the accomplished Forward has scored a sum of 4 league goals in the Série A 2020 campaign to date coming from a total of 8 appearances.