There are eight unbeaten games, with a great moment and the real possibility of consolidating once and for all as an aspirant for a place in the qualifying zone for Libertadores. The Fortaleza fans have several reasons to be confident for today’s match against Palmeiras. When the ball rolls in the Castelão Arena, at 20:30, for the duel valid for the 16th round, the Lion will dispute more than three points.
The unbeaten streak is at stake. More than that, a search for a more comfortable position. The teams are glued to the table. With 22 points, Palmeiras is in 7th place. Fortaleza, with one point less, comes close behind, it is the 8th. Vitória represents an inversion of the classifications and a closer approach to the G-6, which guarantees a place in the main competition on the continent.
Coach Rogério Ceni should list the newly hired Bergson for the 1st time. The attacker will go on the bench and be an option for the match. Ceni, by the way, has some assets for the next duel, and two of them deserve attention.
The first is the defensive strength of Tricolor, which has been a major highlight in the Brazilian. With 11 goals conceded in 15 games, it is the least leaked defense of the entire competition.
Performance is even better considering the games the team played at home. Owner of the 6th best campaign among the home team, Fortaleza is the team that was least leaked in their domains. Only three goals conceded in seven matches.
If the defensive system has maintained solidity and is suffering little, the attack has also been effective. And many of the team’s recent goals were in aerial ball plays.
In the last Leonine victory in Serie A, against the leader Atlético / MG, by 2-1, Bruno Melo’s goal was headed, just as the left-back himself had scored in the Classic-King of the 1st final of the Ceará Championship, in that Tricolor triumphed by the same score, and as Gabriel Dias had scored the goal of a 1-1 draw against Santos, away from home.
In the 3-3 draw with São Paulo, last Wednesday, for the Copa do Brasil, two goals were scored in plays originating from crosses in the area. One by David, after Juninho’s corner kick. The striker, who scored two goals in the last two games, returns after fulfilling automatic suspension, as does defensive midfielder Felipe.
Green in crisis
Unlike Fortaleza, Palmeiras is not in a good phase. The team from São Paulo fired coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo last Wednesday, after losing to Coritiba, at home, by 3 to 1, in what was the 3rd setback followed by the team in the Brazilian Championship.
While the board is looking for a new coach, the team will today be led by assistant coach Andrey Lopes.