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Vasco da Gama face off with visitors Fortaleza at Estádio São Januário in the Serie A game on Thursday.
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Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama will be looking for another win after the 0-2 Serie A triumph vs Sport Recife.
In that game, Vasco da Gama had 37% possession and 14 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for Vasco da Gama was Germán Cano (25', 52'). Sport Recife got 13 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target.
It has not been often in recent games where Vasco da Gama have kept a clean sheet. The reality is that Vascão have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 8 goals along the way.
A look at their previous results shows us that Vasco da Gama:
- have not been beaten in the league by Fortaleza in their last 4 matches.
- have not won at home in their last 5 league matches. That's never good.
Following on from being defeated in their last game at the hands of São Paulo in Serie A competition, Fortaleza will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that game, Fortaleza had 49% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. For Fortaleza, the goalscorers were David (11') and Wellington Paulista (74'). São Paulo had 8 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Gabriel Sara (40') and Luciano Neves (61', 81') scored for São Paulo.
The stats don’t lie, and Fortaleza have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 10 goals overall. At the back, Fortaleza certainly have room for improvement. Regardless, time will tell whether that pattern shall be maintained in this upcoming game or not.
Coming into this clash, Fortaleza are without an away win for the past 8 matches in the league. What a terrible run of away results.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 30/04/2005 shows that Vasco da Gama have won 2 of them & Fortaleza 1, with the tally of drawn results being 3.
13 goals were scored between the two sides throughout the course of those matches, with 7 of them from Vascão and 6 coming from Fortaleza. That’s an average goals per game of 2.17.
The last league clash featuring the two was Serie A match day 25 on 13/10/2019 and the score finished Vasco da Gama 1-0 Fortaleza.
On that day, Vasco da Gama managed 57% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Their only player to score was Yago Pikachu (68').
At the other end, Fortaleza got 7 shots at goal with 2 on target.
The match was refereed by Daniel Nobre Bins.
Team News: Vasco da Gama
Jadson (Muscle Injury), Carlinhos (Corona virus), Ribamar (Corona virus), Leandro Castán (Corona virus), Miranda (Corona virus), Fellipe Bastos (Corona virus), Tiago Reis (Corona virus) and Ulisses (Corona virus) are not available for Vasco manager Ricardo Sá Pinto.
Team News: Fortaleza
With a completely healthy squad available to choose from, Fortaleza manager Rogério Ceni has no fitness worries to report before this clash.
In this game, Fortaleza should have enough to put one past this Vasco da Gama team, but it isn’t expected to prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We can see a very close game with a 2-1 winning margin for Vasco da Gama by the time that the referee blows the final whistle. Let’s just see how this one goes.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Vasco da Gama
Stadium: Estádio São Januário (21,880)
Captain: Leandro Castán
Chairman: Alexandre Campello
Manager: Ricardo Sá Pinto
Competitions: Serie A position 15
⭐ Star Man: Ribamar
Usually played in the Striker position, Ribamar was born in Brazil. After having made a senior debut playing for Botafogo in the 2016 season, the talented Forward has netted 3 league goals in this Série A 2020 season so far in 12 appearances.