There is nothing like a big victory in the end and finally a full week to train to change the environment and project a positive sequence in Serie A. This is how Ceará is, confident and with renewed breath for this Saturday’s match with Fluminense, at 7 pm Maracanã, for the 17th round of the Brasileirão.
Vozão arrives for the excited confrontation after beating Corinthians by 2 to 1 with one player less at Castelão, reaching 18 points and gaining a breath for those who were threatened to enter the Z4.
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With the victory, Ceará not only jumped to 13th place, but opened a good score for Z4. And with the postponement of the game of the 16th round against São Paulo that would be on Wednesday – the São Paulo team had a match for the Copa do Brasil against Fortaleza in advance – the coach Guto Ferreira can finally work the team for a full week, which it hasn’t happened since the return of football in July.
Thus, with the squad more rested and confident, Ceará hopes to win away from home and jump on the table, consolidating itself in the G-10, the classification group for the Copa Sudamericana, and keeping alive the score projection of adding at least 24 points at the end of the 1st round. As Vovô has 18 points, there would be 6 points to win in the games against Fluminense, Coritiba (at home) and Botafogo (away), that is, two victories in three matches.
And nothing better than starting the projection already winning the first of the series. For this, the coach Guto Ferreira needs to overcome a team that comes packed, with 5 games of invincibility, being 3 victories, occupying the 5th position.
The alvinegro coach expects an incisive Ceará playing away from home, as it was against Athletico / PR, in the 0-0 draw when he played better.
“Fluminense is having a good time due to the quality of their coach’s work. Now, we have faced teams with the same level or even better results. We respect the Fluminense team a lot, but we want to make a big game, initially, to seek a result that can help us in our campaign ”, said Guto, who will not be on the bench because he is suspended. Who will lead Ceará today is assistant Alexandre Faganello.
For the duel, the coach will have absences again: He cannot count on Luiz Otávio, Samuel Xavier and Eduardo. As the last two are right-backs, Guto will not have specialists from the position in the sector, but defensive midfielder Fabinho can do the job and must play there. In place of Luiz Otávio, suspended, should play Eduardo Brock.
In Fluminense, Nenê and Fred’s returns to the starting lineup are guaranteed, after both were saved in the 1-1 draw with Atlético / MG in Mineirão.
Who can also return to the team is Danilo Barcelos. The left-back has served suspension and should win Egídio’s place.
Serie A do Brasileiro – 17th round
Maracanã, in Rio de Janeiro (RJ)
October 17, 2020 – 7:00 pm
Muriel, Igor Julião, Nino, Digão, Danilo Barcelos, Dodi, Hudson, Yago, Nenê, Luiz Henrique, Fred. Coach: Odair Hellmann
Fernando Prass, Fabinho, Tiago Pagnussat, Eduardo Brock, Bruno Pacheco, Charles,
Ricardinho, Vinícius, Fernando Sobral, Léo Chú and Rafael Sobis. Coach: Alexandre Faganello
Referee: Gilberto Rodrigues Castro Junior – PE; Broadcast: Rádio Verdes Mares, Premiere, Real Time of Diário do Nordeste