PARANA VS CRUZEIRO PREVIEW & PREDICTION
Paraná and Cruzeiro meet at Estádio Durival de Brito and Silva, in a match for the 12 th round of Serie A. There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 30-08-2007 and ended with the score: Paraná (2-2) Cruzeiro. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
After 2 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses, the home team is currently in the 19 th position of the league, with 9 points won. In the last match, they lost in an away match against Flamengo by (2-0), after in the previous match they won (1-0) at home, against Bahia. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 5 draws and 8 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. For the championship, Paraná won 8 points out of 18 possible, after 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses in the last 6 home matches.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 4 home matches. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition. This is a team that scores few times is first and only managed to open the scoring in 2 of its last 11 games for Serie A, and never reached the break in advantage. In 11 games in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 7 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 20 home matches for all competitions: they have suffered 6 of their 17 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
The Paraná is a club that returned to play the Serie A of the Brazilian championship, after ten years playing the Serie B, which already won twice throughout its history, in 1992 and 2000. In the Paranaense Championship of this year, the team did not reach the final phase, as it was eliminated in the semifinal by Londrina. In the Serie A of the Brazilian championship of 2018, the Paraná tries to leave the relegation zone or at least not allow the first teams outside that zone to remain with a punctual difference that is too great. In the last five games that the team played in their stadium, all for the Serie A of the Brazilian championship, they were scored less than 3.5 goals. We believe that in this match the boss will be maintained, since the Paraná does not have a very strong attack and will face a team with a good defense.
The away team is currently in the 8 th position of the league, with 17 points won, after 5 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, they tied in a home match against Vasco da Gama, by (1-1). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Chapecoense, by (2-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 13 conceded; against 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 28 goals scored and 4 conceded. In the last 6 away league matches Cruzeiro has a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses, so they have won 7 points out of 18 possible. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 45 of the last 71 matches have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 11 games in this competition, he never got the comeback in the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 20 away matches for all competitions: they have suffered 7 of their 19 goals between minutes (31’-45 ‘).
Cruzeiro is a club with many titles: four times champion of the Brazilian championship of Serie A, thirty-seven times champion miner, two titles of the Copa Libertadores and other titles. In the season of 2018 the team was mining champion and in the Brazilian championship of the Serie A it occupies the sixth position and has played many games with few goals. The technician Mano Menezes has chosen a more defensive tactical system, looking for victories by minimum markers. We believe that Cruzeiro will visit the Paraná Club with a defensive strategy and will seek to guarantee victory and the three points for the minimum score.
PREDICTION: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.49