Interested in ‘pinching’ a place in the 2018 Copa Libertadores, Bahia and Atlético-MG will face this Sunday, November 12 at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador. As part of the schedule of the thirty-fourth round of the Brazilian Championship, the match starts scheduled for 18h (Brasília time, 5pm local time) at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador.
Bahia’s recent performance
The tricolor from Bahia managed a win away from home on Wednesday, November 8. In the Ressacada stadium, in Florianópolis, he defeated Avaí by 2 to 1 and reached the 45 points (12 wins, nine draws and 12 losses).
This means that your most important goal in the tournament is achieved. The score is considered by mathematicians to be enough to avoid relegation to Series B. A great achievement in taking into consideration the many problems throughout the year and the many coach changes. Paulo César Carpegianni, the current commander, was the fourth to take the post in 2017.
Now, the team of Salvador can focus on the five remaining days to increase their profit to win a place in the Copa Libertadores of America and still have the possibility of getting the place in the Copa Sudamericana.
For the first tournament, you need to be in the top seven. This block, at the end of the thirty-third round, was closed by Flamengo, with five points more than Bahia. However, the number of seats can grow. It will depend on the champions of the current season of the tournaments. In case the red-black carioca takes the cup in Sula and Grêmio fatures the Libertadores, the first nine of the Brasileirão could play in the tournament. In this case, maintaining the current position would be sufficient for the Bahians.
For the South American, the Brazilian sends the teams from the eighth to the thirteenth position. In this case, if two places open in the Libertadores, even the 15th place will have the chance to play this kind of continental ‘second division’.
The current form of Atlético-MG
The Rooster played a day later in the comparison with Bahia in the thirty-third round. But it also achieved an upset victory. On Thursday, November 9, after being twice at a disadvantage on the scoreboard, he beat Atlético-GO 3-2. Like the tricolor, he reached 45 points (12 wins, 9 draws and 12 losses). As it takes disadvantage in the balance of goals (two against a negative) was in the tenth position.
Despite the good result in the end, the Rooster will still have to manage losses caused by the large number of yellow cards applied throughout the disputed match. Defender Leonardo Silva, midfielder Adilson and striker Fred, who scored the winning goal, were warned and will have to stay suspended on Sunday.
The coach Oswaldo Oliveira made no mystery and has already announced the substitutes. In the rear, Felipe Santana will take the place of Leonardo Silva. Yago assumes the position of Adilson and it will be up to Rafael Moura to substitute the gunner Fred.
They will not be the only changes in the team. Otero, who can not face Atletico-GO because he is serving a penalty due to the accumulation of yellow cards, is already in a position to play and will most likely be re-elected to the starting team by sending Valdivia to the reserve bench.
History of the bouts between Bahia and Atlético-MG
In 35 games between the teams in the Brasileirão since 1971, the Rooster won 16. The draws were 12 and the tricolor successes were seven, including the 2 to 0 scored in the first round of the competition in its 2017 edition.
Our Prediction: Bahia win @ 2.05