Santos hosts Atletico GO in round 16 of Brazilian Serie A. The match will be played on Thursday, October 15th at Estadio Vila Belmiro (Santos)
Gilvan, Viciatto, and Matheuzinho surely remember last year's defeat in Santos (3:0). It was a cup match because Atletico Goianense was only making a path to the elite then. It's hard to judge whether these players are up to the level of Serie A, but the latter scored Bragantino in the last round. On the other hand, the Dragons obviously miss Renato Kaiser. The striker was the highlight of Atletico GO but moved to another Atletico (Paranaense). The midfielder Edson was the next. The veteran left the team after the proposal from the Middle East. On Sunday, it was Wagner Mancini's turn to leave the boat. The coach who interrupted the trend of five winless matches (0-3-2) by the victory over Braga received a lucrative contract from the sinking Corinthians.
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The management simply did not have time to determine the new vector in Goiânia, sending the ex-assistant of Mancini to Sao Paulo, and the Dragons recently lost to the team of the same name at Morumbi (3:0). Santos keeps pace with Palmeiras, but the Fish looks better in terms of the game. Moreover, the coach Cuca inherited the weakened legacy of Sampaoli - Cueva, Derlis, and Rodrigo left Santos. On the other hand, Marinho has blossomed, and he lacks just a little to become the leader of the Brasileiro top scorers.
An important victory over unyielding Gremio (2: 1) cannot but inspire the Fish, which have not lost since the end of August. As for the last away matches, with the exception of the derby with Corinthians (1:1), the Black-and whites defeated Goias (2:3) and Olimpia Asuncion (2:3) in the Libertadores Cup. The home indicators of Santos are not better than the away ones, but besides a misfire with Fortaleza (1:1), the Fish showed bright matches with Sao Paulo and Vasco (both - 2:2) and hammered the leader Atlético MG (3:1). Good condition and excellent backstage background are a good incentive for Cuca’s team that is superior to its upcoming opponent in quality. Having such a bright attack, Santos is able to at least not lose to the underdog and to score a couple of goals.
Prediction for the match: Santos to win with a +0.5 handicap and to score over 1.5 goals