This intriguing Copa Sudamericana clash will see Corinthians fighting it out with their opponents Fortaleza on Wednesday.
View all of the Corinthians v Fortaleza predictions, poll and stats below - plus the latest match odds.
Corinthians fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being the 1-0 Serie A triumph over Botafogo.
In that game, Corinthians had 66% possession and 19 attempts at goal with 5 on target. The only player to score for Corinthians was Gil (59'). At the other end, Botafogo had 9 attempts at goal with 2 on target.
In their past 6 games, Vanderlei Luxemburgo's Corinthians have found the net 7 times resulting in an average number of goals scored per match equal to 1.17.
Fortaleza go into this game following on from a 1-2 Serie A win to defeat São Paulo in their most recent outing.
In that game, Fortaleza managed 27% possession and 7 shots on goal with 4 on target. For Fortaleza, the scorers were José Welison (16') and Juan Lucero (53'). On the other side, São Paulo got 13 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. James Rodríguez (79') was the scorer for São Paulo.
The numbers tell their own story, and Fortaleza have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 6 goals in total. Defensively, Fortaleza certainly have room for improvement. We will just have to find out if that trend will be continued on into this next match.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head-to-head meetings going back to 11/07/2021 tells us that Corinthians have won 2 of these games & Fortaleza 3, with the tally of drawn games being 1.
In all, 9 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 4 from Timão and 5 being from Fortaleza. That’s an average goals per game of 1.5.
The last league clash featuring these sides was Serie A match day 23 on 14/09/2023 when it ended Fortaleza 2-1 Corinthians.
That day, Fortaleza had 52% possession and 23 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. The scorers were Juan Lucero (26') and Yago Pikachu (94').
Corinthians had 6 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Pedro Henrique (33') was the scorer.
The referee was Rogério Pereira.
Team News: Corinthians
Giovane (Hamstring Injury) and Paulinho (Ruptured knee ligament) will not be able to play for Corinthians gaffer Vanderlei Luxemburgo.
Team News: Fortaleza
Fortaleza manager Juan Vojvoda has to contend with a number of unavailable players. Pedro Rocha (Ruptured knee ligament) and Hércules (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) can’t be considered.
We feel that in this game, Fortaleza have it within them to get a goal against this Corinthians lineup, although that may not quite be as many as they will have scored against them.
We’re expecting a narrow 2-1 victory for Corinthians after the 90. Definitely a tough call.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Neo Química Arena (48,000)
Captain: Cássio Ramos
Chairman: Duílio Monteiro Alves
Manager: Vanderlei Luxemburgo
Competitions: Serie A position 10, Copa Sudamericana (Semi-finals)
⭐ Key Player: Róger Guedes
Normally played in the Left Wing position, Róger Guedes was born in Ibirubá, Brazil. After making a first senior appearance for Criciuma in the 2014 season, the skilful Forward has scored 7 league goals in this Série A 2023 campaign to date in a total of 15 appearances.