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Vasco da Gama will visit Estádio Mineirão on Wednesday for the Serie A clash with home team Cruzeiro.
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Cruzeiro are hoping to win again following a 0-1 Serie A triumph vs Fortaleza.
In that match, Cruzeiro had 47% possession and 7 shots at goal with 2 on target. The scorer for Cruzeiro was Bruno Rodrigues (80'). Fortaleza got 18 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target.
Their more recent scorelines really do illustrate the point that not much more can be done by the Cruzeiro defence. Cruzeiro have been stingy, resulting in the number of goals that have gone in at their end over the course of their last 6 games standing at 4.
Heading into this contest, Cruzeiro have not lost a league tie with Vasco da Gama in their previous 2 games.
Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama head into the clash following on from a 2-1 Serie A win versus América Mineiro in their last match.
In that game, Vasco da Gama had 50% possession and 17 attempts at goal with 6 on target. For Vasco da Gama, the goals were scored by Pablo Vegetti (4') and Dimitri Payet (94'). For their opponents, America Mineiro had 17 attempts on goal with 6 of them on target. Gonzalo Mastriani (13') was the scorer for América Mineiro.
Ramón Díaz's Vasco da Gama have slotted home a total of 7 times in the course of their previous six matches. The overall goals that have been scored against them during those same clashes comes to 5.
Their prior results show that Vasco da Gama:
- have not registered a win against Cruzeiro in games played away from home for the previous 4 league games. Not the best of away records.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 away league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head to head clashes going back to 02/12/2019 shows that Cruzeiro have won 3 of these and Vasco da Gama 2, with the number of drawn results standing at 1.
A sum of 11 goals were scored between them in these games, with 7 of them for Celeste and 4 netted by Vascão. That is an average goals per game value of 1.83.
The last league fixture featuring these sides was Serie A match day 14 on 08/07/2023 and the score finished Vasco da Gama 0-1 Cruzeiro.
That time, Vasco da Gama had 56% possession and 9 shots on goal with 1 on target.
At the other end, Cruzeiro had 7 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Filipe Machado (45') scored.
The referee was Savio Pereira Sampaio.
Team News: Cruzeiro
Rafael Bilu (Achilles tendon rupture) and Ramiro (Cruciate ligament surgery) are not available for Cruzeiro gaffer Paulo Autuori.
It’s our opinion that Celeste should employ a 4-3-3 system for this game with Rafael Cabral, William, Neris, Luciano Castan, Marlon, Filipe Machado, Matheus Jussa, Ian Luccas, Matheus Pereira, Rafael Elias and Bruno Rodrigues.
Team News: Vasco da Gama
Due to a mostly available squad, there’s only a single fitness issue for the Vasco da Gama boss Ramón Díaz to be concerned about. Patrick de Lucca (Torn lateral knee ligament) won’t be playing here.
We’re of the thinking that Vascão could decide to utilise a 4-3-3 lineup using Léo Jardim, J. Luis Rodríguez, Gary Medel, Maicon, Lucas Piton, Zé Gabriel, Bruno Praxedes, Paulinho Paula, Rossi, Pablo Vegetti and Gabriel Pec.
We’re of the opinion that Vasco da Gama will surely be able to find the net against this Cruzeiro outfit, however that may not be enough to avoid a loss.
We can see a very close game with a 2-1 win for Cruzeiro at full-time. It really should be an interesting one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Mineirão (61,846)
Captain: Rafael Cabral
Chairman: Sérgio Santos Rodrigues
Manager: Paulo Autuori
Competitions: Serie A position 17
🔑 Key Player: Bruno Rodrigues
Mostly played in the Left Wing position, Bruno Rodrigues was born in Ceará-Mirim, Brazil. Having played his first senior match for São Paulo in the 2021 season, the gifted Forward has managed to score 6 league goals in this Série A 2023 campaign to date in 29 appearances.