LUVERDENSE VS SANTOS PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Luverdense and Santos meet at Estádio Municipal Passo Das Emas, in a return match for this phase of the Copa do Brasil (8th Finals), after the victory at Santos’ home (5-1) in the first leg.
Despite the disadvantage of 4 goals of the first leg, the home team will try to take advantage of having scored 1 goal away in that match. The team comes to this match after a home victory over the Volta Redonda by (4-1). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Luverdense won 6, tied 1 and lost 3. The team allowed goals in 8 of the last 10 matches for the opponent, so there are defensive processes that need improvement.
The Luverdense comes practically eliminated to this return game, having to reverse an advantage of 4 goals of the rival, then, it is evident that it will try to finish the competition with dignity, giving some joy to its fan when beating Santos, one of the great teams of Brazil, which would be considered a great result, despite the elimination. The home team made a good first half in the first leg, went ahead and suffered the draw, but in the time the team presented serious defensive problems and ended up suffering another 4 goals, leaving many spaces, and their athletes showed quite tired . Playing at home, as in Thursday’s match, the Luverdense won only 1 of its last 4 matches for all competitions and the victory was over the Tombense, a team of the third national division, much lower than its next opponent. For the match against Santos, coach Luizinho Vieira has no problems in the team considered as a starter and goes to the field with what he has better.
The away team comes to this second leg with an advantage of 4 goals, but suffered 1 goal at home in the first leg. In the last match they played, for Serie A, they beat Paraná at home by (3-1). In the last 10 away matches Santos has won 2, tied 2 and lost 6. The team has conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 7 games in which they suffered the first goal.
Santos came into this return game practically classified, after the great according to time in the first leg, when he scored 4 times and achieved a win. The visiting team is characterized by an offensive system of good quality in the pass and of great speed, having very fast players, which take advantage very well when they have spaces, while the defense still needs some adjustments, since it leaves the opponents to finish many times and has difficulties in aerial plays. Playing at home, as in the game on Thursday, the Santos comes from 3 consecutive defeats for all competitions and most worrying is that he suffered 7 goals in these games, but against teams much more qualified than the opponent of the next game . For the game against Luverdense, coach Jair Ventura must act with a large number of reserves, but this team has a quality bench, with several young people trying to assert themselves and looking to take advantage of the few possibilities they have, then, the level of equipment should not decay much.
PREDICTION: Santos to win @ 1.85