Atletico-PR take on the visitors Santos at “Arena da Baixada” in the first-leg clash of the 1/8 stage of the Copa Libertadores. The game will be played in Curitiba on Thursday, July 6th.
Atletico-PR come up to the forthcoming battle with two-match losing streak: vs. Gremio 0:4 and vs. Sport Recife 0:1. After 11 rounds in the Brazilian Serie A, “Furacaos” settle on the 14th place in the table with 14 points taken. In regard to the Copa Libertadores, having started in the Qualification, Atletico-PR knocked out Millonarios 1:0, 1:1 and Deportivo Capiata 3:3, 1:0. At the main stage the side occupied the second position in Group 4 standings with 10 points earned and 9-10 goal difference. This year “Furacaos” conducted 20 encounters at their own turf within all competitions resulting in nine victories, seven draws and four losses.
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Santos failed to win in three recent clashes of the season recording two defeats to Sport Recife 0:1 and Flamengo RJ 0:2 alongside with 1:1 draw against Atletico GO. “Peixes” sit on the fifth place in the Brazilian Serie A table with 17 points gained. Santos won their Group 2 in the Copa Libertadores with 12 points earned and 11-4 goal difference. In 2017 “Peixes” participated in 17 matches on the road getting seven triumphs, five draws and fives defeats in them.
Santos were rather successful in their head-to-heads against Atletico-PR in recent years. I believe that in the upcoming fight a number of goals will not be combined by the opponents as Santos demonstrated rock-solid defense in this season plus scored not many goals while Atletico-PR are in a poor competitive form at the moment.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.