America Mineiro take on visitors Fortaleza in the first leg of Copa do Brasil round of 32. The match will be played in Belo Horizonte at Independecia stadium on Friday, July 8th.
America Mineiro are on four-match losing streak with 0-6 aggregate score. The hosts of the match are currently the last in the league with 8 points gained in 13 matches with 9-21 goal difference. The team has passed through two rounds of the competition, beating Re Bull Brasil (1-1, 3-2) and Bahia (0-0, 1-0). As to the home record of the team, America played 17 matches at home in 2016, beating visitors 10 time, losing four and drawing three of these matches. The last two of these matches ended with defeats to Atletico Mineiro (0-1) and Corinthians (0-2).
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Fortaleza play in the third Brazilian division, Serie C. The visiting side are the leaders of their group, taking 14 points in seven matches with 11-4 goal difference. The round of 128 ended with aggregate win over Imperatriz (1-1, 2-0) and round of 64 ended with sensation wins over Serie A representative Flamengo (2-1, 2-1). On top of that, the team is undefeated in their last 12 away matches since the beginning of March 2016.
America Mineiro and Fortaleza played two head-to-heads in their history and both matches were won by today’s visitors, 1-0, 4-0. However, the most recent match was played in 2004 so this record won’t have much affect on today’s match. America are struggling in Serie A and they don’t need additional competition like domestic cup so we can expect the hosts to keep some of their key players on the bench. On the other hand, the visitors play great on the road and proved they are capable of sensational results against Serie A sides.
Prediction for the match: Fortaleza to win with +1.0 Asian handicap.