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Fortaleza will be visiting Arena do Grêmio on Sunday for the Série A fixture with hosts Grêmio.
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Grêmio are hoping to win again after their last result, the 0-2 Série A victory over Bahia.
In that game, Grêmio had 50% possession and 18 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. For Grêmio, the goalscorers were Alisson (25') and Darlan Mendes (54'). For their opponents, Bahia got 17 attempts on goal with 6 on target.
Their more recent scorelines highlight the fact that much respect should be given to the Grêmio backline. Tricolor dos Pampas have been stingy, with the total number of goals that have gone in at their end over the course of their previous 6 clashes standing at 4. Such a trend won’t necessarily be sustained into this game, though.
Fortaleza will go into the match following a 1-0 Série A win as they beat Sport Recife in their most recent fixture.
In that game, Fortaleza managed 53% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The only player to score for Fortaleza was Wellington Paulista (54'). For their opponents, Sport Recife had 4 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target.
During their 6 latest matches, Rogério Ceni's Fortaleza have fired home a total of 9 times, yielding them the goals scored per game average of 1.5.
Going into this one, Fortaleza have not won away from home in their last 3 league matches.
Head to head
A look at their most recent head to head clashes stretching back to 07/06/2003 shows that Grêmio have won 3 of them and Fortaleza 2, with the number of draws being 1.
In all, 18 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 11 of them from Tricolor dos Pampas and 7 coming from Fortaleza. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.
The previous league game between these sides was Série A match day 27 on 19/10/2019 which finished with the scoreline of Fortaleza 2-1 Grêmio.
On that occasion, Fortaleza had 40% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. The scorers were Wellington Paulista (35') and Osvaldo (41').
On the other side, Grêmio got 13 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. Paulo Miranda (10') scored.
The referee was Andre Luiz Castro.
Team News: Grêmio
It’s a low absenteeism rate, with just the sole fitness concern for the Grêmio boss Renato Portaluppi to contend with from of an almost fully healthy group. Marcelo Oliveira (Knee Surgery) misses out.
It’s our opinion that Tricolor dos Pampas look set to go for a 4-2-3-1 formation this time, beginning the first half with Vanderlei, Bruno Cortês, Pedro Geromel, David Braz, Luis Manuel Orejuela, Lucas Silva, Darlan Mendes, Everton, Isaque Elias Brito, Alisson and Diego Souza.
Team News: Fortaleza
With a fully healthy group to choose from, Fortaleza boss Rogério Ceni has no fitness worries to speak of coming into this clash.
There’s a good chance that Fortaleza seem likely to make use of a 4-2-3-1 lineup with a starting lineup of Felipe Alves, Tinga, Juan Quintero, Paulao, Bruno Melo, Derley, Juninho, David, Romarinho, Osvaldo Filho and Wellington Paulista.
We’re of the opinion that Grêmio have it within them to be able to create a high number of chances and successful shots on target.
However, Fortaleza will be up against it to break down their defence although we do think that they will probably end up being dangerous at times, too.
We reckon that it will be a 3-1 win for Grêmio when the full-time whistle blows.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Arena do Grêmio (55,662)
Captain: Pedro Geromel
Chairman: Romildo Bolzan Júnior
Manager: Renato Portaluppi
Competitions: Série A position 14, Copa Libertadores (Group E)
⭐ Star Player: Pepê
Regularly taking to the field in the Striker position, Pepê was born in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil. After having played his first senior match for Grêmio in the 2017 season, the goalscoring Forward has scored a sum of 2 league goals in the Série A 2020 campaign to date coming from a total of 6 appearances.