Atletico Mineiro hosts Santos in round 26 of Brazilian Serie A. The match will be played on Thursday, October 14th at Mineirão (Belo Horizonte)
After 25 rounds, Atletico Mineiro leads the standings with 53 points. The team is in the zone of direct promotion to Copa Libertadores and has an 11-point lead over Flamengo, having one more match in hand. Atletico's performance in attack and defense is 38 goals scored and 16 goals conceded. The White-Blacks have a streak of more than ten consecutive matches without defeats. In recent rounds, Atletico Mineiro defeated Ceara (3-1), Internacional (1-0), and Sport Recife (3-0) and tied against Chapecoense (2-2) and Sao Paulo (0-0). Beyond that, the White-Blacks tied twice against Palmeiras in Copa Libertadores (0-0 away and 1-1 at home) and lost a chance to make it to the final. Atletico Mineiro has not lost more than ten home games in a row.
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The visitors of the upcoming match are in the lower part of the standings and take 16th place with 28 points. Santos is on the border with the relegation zone, having a 1-point lead over Bahia. In the current championship, the Fish scored 22 goals and conceded 29 times. The last ten matches of the team have resulted in four draws, one victory, and five defeats. Recent rounds ended for Santos with a victory over Gremio (1-0), draws against Sao Paulo (1-1), Ceara (0-0), and Bahia (0-0), as well as defeats to Juventude (3-0), Cuiaba (2-1) and Flamengo (0-4). The Fish have not won eight away games in a row.
In the first round, Atlético Mineiro lost to Santos away. But now the Roosters are in excellent shape. They have not lost for a long time and have confidently entrenched themselves in the first line. Now Atletico Mineiro has an 11-point lead over its closest pursuers. Santos is going through a bad period and is one step away from the red zone. There is no doubt that the upcoming match will bring the hosts three points.
Prediction for the match: Atletico-MG to win