The Serie A clash at Estádio Hailé Pinheiro on Sunday will see hosts Goias fighting it out with Cuiabá.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Goias v Cuiabá are shown on this page (inc. the best betting odds).
Goias head into this game after a 0-0 Copa do Brasil drawn game against Atlético Goianiense.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent times that Goias have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Goias have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, letting in 6 goals along the way. We will just have to find out whether or not that trend will be continued on here.
In their last game, Cuiabá drew 0-0 in the Serie A tie with Ceará.
In that match, Cuiabá managed 46% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 1 on target. At the other end, Ceará got 8 shots on goal with 1 of them on target.
Over the course of 5 of the prior six games involving Cuiabá, a notably low volume of goals have gone in between them and opposing teams. The overall average number of goals per game during that period comes to just 1.5, with the number of goals averaged by Cuiabá standing at 0.5.
Going into this one, Cuiabá haven’t won away from home in the past 4 league games.
Team News: Goias
The Goias boss Jair Ventura has no fitness worries whatsoever coming into this game owing to a fully injury-free squad ready to go.
We think that Verdão may well kick off with a 4-4-2 system, utilising Tadeu, Maguinho, Da Silva, Yan Souto, Juan Pablo, Diego, Auremir, Caio Vinicius, Dadá Belmonte, Pedro Raul and V. Santos Silva.
Team News: Cuiabá
Due to a completely injury-free squad to pick from, the Cuiabá boss António Oliveira has no fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this game.
We are inclined to think that Cuiabá appear most likely to play in a 4-4-2 lineup using Walter, João Lucas, Marllon, Joaquim, Uendel, Andre Luis, Camilo, Rafael Gava, Kelvin Osorio, Felipe Marques and Andre.
We’ve got the feeling that Cuiabá are likely to find the back of the net against this Goias outfit, but that might not be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We think that it’s going to be a very close game with a 2-1 advantage for Goias by the conclusion of the game. We’ll have to see what happens.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio Hailé Pinheiro (10,000)
Captain: Élvis Vieira Araújo
Chairman: Paulo Rogério Pinheiro
Manager: Jair Ventura
Competitions: Serie A position 17, Copa do Brasil (Round of 16)
⭐ Key Man: Pedro Raúl
Typically deployed in the Striker position, Pedro Raúl was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. After making a first senior appearance for Botafogo in the 2020 season, the skilful Forward has scored a sum of 6 league goals in the Série A 2022 season to date in 11 appearances.