Gremio take on the visitors Fluminense at “Arena do Gremio” in the first-leg match of the 1/8 stage of the Copa do Brasil. The game will be played in Porto Alegre on Thursday, May 18th.
Last season Gremio settled at the ninth place in the standings of the Brazilian Serie A with 53 points earned and 41-44 goal difference, but the most important is that they took previous Copa do Brasil and now Gremio have to defend their title. Concerning 2017, “Tricolor dos Pampas” were knocked out in the semi-final of the Campeonato Gaucho, however, in the Copa Libertadores they lead in the Group 8 with 10 points gained after five matchdays and should promote to the Play Offs. In regard to the Copa do Brasil, as the defending champion Gremio will enter the tournament at the current stage. In 2017 Renato Gaucho’s side is unbeatable in front of its supporters recording eight triumphs and five drawsin 13 home clashes.
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Fluminense finished previous Serie Aat the 13th place in the table. This year “Flu” was broken by Flamengo RJ in the final of the Campeonato Carioca with 0:1, 0:2 scorelines. Concerning the Copa do Brasil, the team took the start in 1/128 stage and knocked out Globo 5:2, Sinop 3:1, Criciuma 1:1, 3:2 and Goias 1:2, 3:0. The play on the road is not the strongest spot of Fluminense as the team managed to get six victories, two draws and five defeats in 13 encounters. It should be noted that the side’s away losing streak has reached four games with 3:8 aggregated score.
This year Gremio were not defeated at their own turf, meanwhile Fluminense demonstrate weak performance on the road, consequently, the hosting side is the favourite of the forthcoming battle in the Copa do Brasil.
Prediction for the match: Gremio to win.