Ponte Preta take on the visitors Fluminense at "Estadio Moises Lucarelli" in the round 17 of the Brazilian Serie A. The game will be played in Sao Paulo on Sunday, July 30th.
Ponte Preta showed outstanding performance in last three clashes, having beaten Coritiba 4:0 and Atletico-PR 2:0 in the Serie A as well as Sol de America with 3:1 scoreline in the Copa Sudamericana and qualified to the 1/8 stage of the tournament. That recent successes allowed Ponte Preta to settle on the 10th position in the Serie A standings with 21 points taken and 19-21 goal difference after 16 gameweeks. Gilson Kleina's side recorded five victories, 15 points gained, 14 goals for and seven goals against in seven encounters in front of their supporters.
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Last week Fluminense participated in two matches resulting in 0:1 loss to Corinthians in the Serie A, while in the Copa Sudamericana they had broken Universidad Catolica with 2:1 scoreline on the road and promoted further within the competition. "Time de Guerreiros" sits on the 12th place in the table of the Brazilian elite division with 21 points gained and 24-24 goals difference. Abel Braga's side got 11 points with 12 goals for and 10 goals against at away grounds, having not been defeated in last four away clashes.
The rivals permanently alternated by the home victories during last two years. At least two goals were combined by the opponents in seven out of eight recent head-to-heads and I believe that this series will be extended in the upcoming battle. This season Ponte Preta scored a lot in face of their fans, while Fluminense are highly effective in offense on the road.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.0 scored goals.