Gremio take on the visitors Sport Recife in the round 31 match of Brazilian Serie B. The match will be played on Wednesday, September 21st at Arena do Grêmio (Porto Alegre).
Gremio shocked everyone last season. The Musketeers were victorious in the Cope Libertadores in 2017. A year earlier, there was a victory in the cup, and in Serie A, although it did not work out to take the “gold” since 1996, the team still played very often in the group of leaders. And suddenly, last year, a failure in the form of 17th place, which sent them to the 2nd division! Of course, they need to go back in one season. Fortunately, there are enough experienced players - Lucas Leyva, Diego Souza, Elkeson, Kannemann. Not everything worked out, since mid-August there was a failure at all, with 1 point in 4 rounds. But after that there were victories over Vila Nova and Vasco da Gama, which allowed them to gain a foothold in the top three.
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Sport Recife falls into Serie B not for the first time in recent years. The Lions in 2019 already had a spell in this division. But then it turned out to take 2nd place and immediately return to Brasileirao. But after holding out for a couple of years, the team went down again, collecting only 38 points in 38 rounds - only Chapecoense was worse. Of course, they want to repeat what happened last time. But it was not for nothing that they changed their mentor here in the middle of summer, inviting Claudine Oliveira. However, quite often, having started to win with a new coach, at the same time there were enough defeats. September also started with misfires: 0-2 with KRB, 0-1 with Ponte Preta. And only last week, due to the only goal of Coutinho, it turned out to win against Baha. However, the team is still outside the quartet of leaders who will rise to Serie A. Moreover, the chances of competing for something more than 4th place are getting lower.
Gremio plays badly with Sport Recife. For 13 last head-to-heads, it turned out to win only once against the “lions”. Last year, back in Serie A, Sport Recife won both matches. But both got relegated, and at the new level they already gave out a goalless draw. Gremio are fighting to get back to Serie A and they need to take the result in such fights. We bet on the victory of the hosts over Sport Recife.
Prediction for the match: Gremio to win.