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The Serie B tie at Estádio Governador João Castelo on Saturday sees home side Sampaio Corrêa take to the field against Criciuma.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Sampaio Corrêa v Criciuma can be seen below - along with the latest match odds.
Sampaio Corrêa will be looking for a repeat result of a 2-1 Serie B victory vs Grêmio Novorizontino.
In that game, Sampaio Corrêa had 64% possession and 20 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. The only player to score for Sampaio Corrêa was Rafael Costa (90'). Grêmio Novorizontino had 7 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Ronaldo Henrique (70') was the scorer for Grêmio Novorizontino.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times where Sampaio Corrêa have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Sampaio Corrêa have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, giving up 8 goals along the way.
Heading into this contest, Sampaio Corrêa are undefeated in their last 2 league matches at home.
In their last fixture, Criciuma drew 0-0 in the Serie B match with Bahia.
In that match, Criciuma managed 49% possession and 12 shots on goal with 2 on target. For their opponents, Bahia had 6 shots at goal with 0 of them on target.
For 5 of the past 6 clashes involving Criciuma, a relatively low number of goals have gone in between them and opposing sides. The overall average goals scored per game within that period comes to a mere 1.67, with the number of goals averaged by Tigrão being 1. That sort of pattern might not be carried forward into this match, however.
Head to head
The last league game featuring the two was Serie B match day 11 on 07/06/2022 when it ended Criciuma 3-1 Sampaio Corrêa.
On that day, Criciuma managed 50% possession and 13 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Marcelo Hermes (7').
For their opponents, Sampaio Corrêa got 12 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target.
Team News: Sampaio Corrêa
The Sampaio Corrêa boss Leo Condé will be happy not to have any fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this clash with a fully healthy squad to choose from.
Team News: Criciuma
Thanks to a completely healthy squad to choose from, the Criciuma boss Roberto Cavalo has zero fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this match.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Criciuma could find themselves struggling to be putting a goal past this Sampaio Corrêa lineup who will likely do enough to score at the other end and edge ahead.
We’ve gone for a good battle with a 1-0 win for Sampaio Corrêa at the end of the 90 minutes.
Let’s see how this one goes.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Governador João Castelo (40,149)
Chairman: Sérgio Frota
Manager: Leo Condé
Competitions: Serie B position 12