Cruzeiro take on visitors Palmeiras in the Brazilian Serie A matchday 11th. The match will be played at Belo Horizonte at Mineirao Stadium on Sunday, June 26th.
Cruzeiro showed spectacular performance in their last league match, thrashing the opponents Ponto Preta at their home 4-0. This win allowed the team to leave relegation zone. The hosts of the match have 11 points gained in 10 previous rounds with negative 12-15 goal difference and sit on 16th position in the standings. The team struggles in matches at home, recording only 2 points in four matches at Mineirao with three goals scored and five allowed. The most recent home win was taken back in the beginning of May in a cup match against Campinense, 3-2.
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Palmeiras, in turn, had prepared for the season quite well and have already take the lead in the Serie A with 22 points and 21-10 goal difference after 10 matches played. The visitors are undefeated in their last six matches in a row with 16 points gained. However, the away form of the team isn’t impressive as they have gained only four points in four matches and 5-6 goal difference. These four points were gained in last two clashes on the road with win over Flamengo, 2-1 and 2-2 draw with Coritiba.
Both teams are among the best and the most recognizable ones. The opponents face one another at least 2-3 times each season and none of the sides has obvious advantage in the head-to-heads. Defense was the strongest side of both of the teams this season so there are no reasons to expect the match to turn into a feast of goals.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals.