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Náutico journey to Estádio Mineirão on Thursday for the Serie B meeting with hosts Cruzeiro.
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Cruzeiro go into this game after a 1-1 Serie B drawn match vs Sampaio Corrêa.
Felipe Conceição's Cruzeiro have celebrated scoring 6 times over their preceding 6 outings. The corresponding number of goals that they have conceded in that same time amounts to 8.
Their previous form shows that Cruzeiro:
- haven't lost in the league to Náutico in their last 8 matches. A decent run, indeed.
- are undefeated in their previous 2 home league matches.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Avaí in Serie B competition, Náutico and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
Looking at their form, and Náutico have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 11 goals in all. Defensively, Náutico could really do with shoring things up.
Heading into this contest, Náutico haven’t won away from home in the past 3 league games.
Head to head
Delving into their past head to head meetings stretching back to 02/09/2012 shows that these fixtures have been miserable for Náutico. They’ve not been able to come away with any wins whatsoever whereas Cruzeiro have managed to find a way, finishing as winners in 67% of those matches played.
In all, 14 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 12 of them from Celeste and 2 netted by Timbu. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.33.
Team News: Cruzeiro
The Cruzeiro manager Felipe Conceição will be grateful to have no fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this match owing to a completely healthy group to pick from.
Team News: Náutico
Owing to a completely healthy squad available to select from, the Náutico boss Gilmar Dal Pozzo doesn’t have any fitness concerns at all before this match.
We envisage that Cruzeiro have it within them to be able to score a couple when they come up against Náutico, who might well find it difficult to find the back of the net.
We’re therefore anticipating a decent 2-0 winning score for Cruzeiro by the time that the referee blows the final whistle.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Mineirão (61,846)
Captain: Fábio Lopes Maciel
Chairman: Sérgio Santos Rodrigues
Manager: Felipe Conceição
Competitions: Serie B position 12