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The Serie A clash at Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo on Saturday sees home team Fortaleza playing Cruzeiro.
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Fortaleza will be wanting a better result here after a 2-1 Serie A defeat in their last game at the hands of Cuiabá.
In that game, Fortaleza managed 64% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Fortaleza was Yago Pikachu (98'). Cuiaba had 7 shots on goal with 4 on target. Deyverson (6') and Isidro Pitta (92') scored for Cuiabá.
Fortaleza have not been in good attacking form in more recent games. Their ‘goals for’ figure stands at just 4 versus opposing sides during their previous six outings. In those games, Fortaleza have also seen the number of goals against them come to 11.
Coming into this contest, Fortaleza haven't been beaten in the league by Cruzeiro in their last 4 games.
Since tasting defeat last time out to Coritiba in Serie A competition, Cruzeiro and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that match, Cruzeiro had 55% possession and 13 shots at goal with 4 on target. On the other side, Coritiba had 7 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Robson (91') scored for Coritiba.
A tendency of at least one team not managing to score in games involving Cruzeiro has become evident of late. Checking on their last six meetings reveals that it’s occurred 5 times. In these clashes, their opponents have managed a goal tally of 6 while Cruzeiro have scored 5. Putting that to one side, we must now wait to see whether that pattern might continue on in this upcoming game.
Going into this contest, Cruzeiro are without a win away from home in their last 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head clashes going back to 05/11/2005 tells us that Fortaleza have won 3 of them and Cruzeiro 1, with the number of drawn matches being 2.
A total of 12 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 7 of them for Fortaleza and 5 coming from Celeste. The average goals per game has been 2.
The previous league meeting featuring the two was Serie A match day 11 on 21/06/2023 when the final score was Cruzeiro 0-1 Fortaleza.
In that game, Cruzeiro managed 68% possession and 12 shots on goal with 3 of them on target.
Fortaleza had 10 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Juan Lucero (80') scored.
The referee was Bruno Arleu.
Team News: Fortaleza
Regarding absentees, there’s just one fitness concern for the Fortaleza gaffer Juan Vojvoda to be concerned about from a near full-strength group. Hércules (Cruciate ligament tear) is sidelined.
It’s our opinion that Fortaleza could kick off with a 4-2-3-1 formation for this game, utilising João Ricardo, Tinga, Emanuel Brítez, Titi, Bruno Pacheco, Ze Welison, Pedro Augusto, Marinho, Tomas Pochettino, Guilherme Augusto and Juan Martin Lucero.
Team News: Cruzeiro
Cruzeiro manager Paulo Autuori has to currently contend with reduced team options. Rafael Bilu (Achilles tendon rupture) and Ramiro (Cruciate ligament surgery) can’t be considered.
We believe Celeste will likely make use of a 4-3-3 formation by sending out Rafael Cabral, William, Lucas Oliveira, Luciano Castan, Marlon, Fernando Henrique, Filipe Machado, Ian Luccas, Matheus Pereira, Rafael Elias and Bruno Rodrigues.
We’re of the view that Cruzeiro will have to play well to break down this Fortaleza lineup who should be able to get on the scoresheet themselves in a winning performance.
We therefore fancy a very even contest with a 1-0 winning score for Fortaleza when the full-time whistle blows.
Looking forward to this.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo (63,903)
Captain: Guilherme Tinga
Chairman: Marcelo Paz
Manager: Juan Vojvoda
Competitions: Serie A position 12, Copa Sudamericana (Final)
🔑 Star Player: Juan Lucero
Typically played in the Striker position, Juan Lucero was born in Junín, Argentina. After having made a senior debut playing for Independiente in the 2014 season, the goalscoring Forward has hit 8 league goals in the Série A 2023 campaign to date from a total of 26 appearances.