Vasco take on the visitors Atletico-MG at “Estadio Vasco da Gama” in the gameweek 35 of the Brazilian Serie A. The match will be played in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, November 16th.
Vasco show remarkable results at the end of the season, having not failed since the 17th of September across 10 encounters in a row covering four triumphs and six draws. In the previous round “Almirante” got 1:1 draw against Sao Paulo in front of its supporters. With four clashes left till the end of the season, the club settles on the eighth position in the Serie A table with 49 points taken and 35-42 goal difference still hoping to qualify to the Copa Libertadores. The main problem of the upcoming hosts is their attacking capability as not many victories can be gained by scoring on average one goal per match. Vasco picked up 27 points with negative 18-19 goal difference in 17 home games while the side has not been defeated in front of its fans for more than three months already, having earned two wins and five draws since the 4th of August.
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Last round Atletico-MG got a draw against Bahia as well, but in their case with 2:2 scoreline. “Galo” also seeks a place in the next season’s Copa Libertadores, currently settling on the 10th position in the standings with 46 points taken. Atletico-MG earned 27 points with 22 goals for and 19 goals against in 17 away encounters. The team’s offense leaders are the recent stars of the Brazilian A-side: Fred and Robinho who have scored nine and seven goals respectively in this season.
The forthcoming fight will become the crucial one for both rivals at the end of the season in terms of their battle for the high places in the Serie A table. I believe that the hosts will be usually rock-solid in defense which will allow them to extend their unbeaten run.
Prediction for the match: Vasco to win with 0.0 Asian handicap.