Sport Recife hosts Londrina in round 5 of Brazilian Serie B. The match will be played on Saturday, May 25th at Estádio Ilha do Retiro (Recife)
Last year's start of Sport Recife in the elite division was the flash of Oliveira. He was fired before the team officially relegated from Serie A. The mission of the comeback will be entrusted to Ferreira, but, except for striker Hernane, Recife will retain only defenders Shavan, Prata and Sander from last year’s team. The loan of defender Thyere and pivots Charles and Iago will make the defense of Sport very proficient, but the appearance of Ezequiel and Guilherme in the attack cannot be called reinforcement. Ferreira will win the state championship, but Nautico and Santa Cruz are weak opponents. After 3 consecutive draws, Sport has finally gained a debut victory over America, a colleague concerning the relegation from the elite. This team lost the most of declassed clubs in terms of quality, so a 1:2 score in Belo Horizonte is not surprising. All this allowed Sport to score 6 points (1-3-0) and climb to the 8th position in the second Brazilian division. Alas, this result is no match for the invincible Londrina. Tenkati had ruled Londrina for almost 7 years, but in 2017, lagged behind Parana by only 2 points. The Sharks lighted it up then, becoming the most enchanting team of the division. In the last season, they tried to return to the elite, but different coaches in turn only drowned the team. Fonseka managed to take 8th place with a 5-point gap from the promotion zone.
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Now the management trusted former player Alemao. After hanging the boots up, he managed to finish the Academy and learned a lot from Tenkati. But Alemao is talented himself. He has been involved in the club system since 2009, having worked alternately with the teams U-15/17/19. A generation of football players has grown up before his eyes. Last year, the junior team of Alemao broke the record of Brazil, winning 18 games in a row. Naturally, the best players came to the regular squad, the backbone of which was preserved. That is why such a high line of Londrina is not surprising. In the last match, Ferreira lost pivot Charles, so the hosts should think about the substitution before the game with the dangerous visitors. On the other hand, the coach of Sport Recife is satisfied with the last game of his men and would throw into battle the same squad that defeated America. Londrina has 10 points out of 12 possible and the most valuable victory over Bragantino (1:0), which is the main favorite of the tournament, in the last round. Bragantion won the new round and returned to the first place, but Londrina will head the standings if at least it does not lose to Sport Recife.
The visitors may not have wingback Felipe in the squad, but this is not a problem for the coach, who has a long bench and knows every player since childhood. Leyte, Silvinho and the top scorer of last year’s championship Dagoberto remain injured. This will reduce the attacking potential of the visitors, but Alemao likes playing defense first and prefers high organization. His Londrina conceded only 1 goal in 4 rounds and, being careful of the opponent, it will play with the same tactics. The hosts also do not play spectacularly, so I do not expect an abundance of goals, as well as the defeat of Londrina.
Prediction for the match: Londrina to win with +0.5 handicap and Under 3.5 goals scored