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The Serie A clash at Estádio José Pinheiro Borda on Sunday will see home team Internacional welcome guests Fortaleza.
View all of the Internacional v Fortaleza predictions, poll and stats below - plus the latest betting odds.
Internacional will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following the 0-1 Serie A success vs Sport Recife.
In that game, Internacional managed 49% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 4 on target. The scorer for Internacional was Patrick (4'). Sport Recife had 14 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target.
Their latest results really do illustrate the point that huge efforts have been put in by the Internacional backline. Internacional have been miserly, with the number of goals that have gone in at their end over the course of their past six games standing at 4.
Fortaleza will come into the encounter following a 3-1 Copa do Brasil win against São Paulo in their last game.
The stats don’t lie, and Fortaleza have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 10 goals overall. At the back, Fortaleza certainly have room for improvement. Putting that to one side, we will just have to wait and see whether the trend shall be sustained in this match.
Heading into this contest, Fortaleza are without an away win for the past 2 league games.
Head to head
A look at their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 11/11/2006 shows us that Internacional have won 3 of them & Fortaleza 2, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 1.
An aggregate of 21 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 11 for Colorado and 10 being from Fortaleza. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.5.
The last league game between these sides was Serie A match day 2 on 06/06/2021 which ended up with the score at Fortaleza 5-1 Internacional.
On that day, Fortaleza had 51% possession and 14 shots at goal with 8 of them on target. Goals were scored by Titi (17'), Robson (45'), Yago Pikachu (47') and Wellington Paulista (86').
At the other end, Internacional had 5 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Zé Gabriel (55' Own goal) and Praxedes (62') scored.
The match was refereed by Paulo Roberto Jr.
Team News: Internacional
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just the sole fitness concern for the Internacional boss Diego Aguirre to be concerned about from an otherwise fully-primed group of players. Rodrigo Moledo (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) misses out.
Team News: Fortaleza
With a completely healthy group to pick from, the Fortaleza boss Juan Vojvoda does not have any fitness worries to speak of ahead of this clash.
Our assessment is that Fortaleza have it within them to find the net against this Internacional side, although it is unlikely to be enough to prevent defeat.
Our tip is for a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 advantage for Internacional at full-time. Hopefully this is a good one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estádio José Pinheiro Borda (50,128)
Captain: Taison Barcellos Freda
Chairman: Alessandro Barcellos
Manager: Diego Aguirre
Competitions: Serie A position 9
🔑 Key Man: Edenílson
Mostly used in the Central Defensive Midfielder position, Edenílson was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil. After making a first senior appearance for Corinthians in the 2011 season, the talented Midfielder has hit 8 league goals in this Série A 2021 season to date coming from a total of 18 appearances.