Atlético Mineiro and Santos meet at Estádio Raimundo Sampaio, in a match for this phase of the Copa do Brasil (8th Finals). In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 5 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match in this stadium was on 12-08-2018, in a match for the Serie A that ended with the victory of Atlético Mineiro by (3-1). The goals of the match were scored by Elias (8 ‘) and Ricardo Oliveira (71’ e 90 ‘), for Atlético Mineiro, and Gabriel (27′), for Santos. In this match the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results obtained at home and as a visitor.
The home team will make its debut in this edition of the Copa do Brasil with the intention of conquering a positive result, taking advantage of the home factor. 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 19 goals scored and 18 conceded; against 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses at their stadium, with 36 goals scored and 12 suffered. The team comes to this match after a win away with Zamora by (1-2). In the last 10 home matches Atlético Mineiro has won 6, tied 2 and lost 2. The team has conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack He has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 5 times, but have won the first leg in 2. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 20 home matches for all competitions: they have suffered 5 of their 14 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘ ).
The eighth-finals of the Brazilian Cup arrived and Atlético-MG will have the Santos team ahead. The first leg will be played next to his fans, so it is important that he get a good result, in order to have an advantage for the return match. To get a good result, the Atlético-MG team will have to take the initiative of the game, knowing how to attack without giving space for visitors. The technician must take to the field what is best available to him for this battle.
The visiting team reaches this phase of the Copa do Brasil (8th Finals) after having played previous qualifiers with: Vasco da Gama, Atlético GO, América RN and Altos. 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 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 13 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss at their stadium. In the last match they played, for Serie A, they beat Vasco da Gama at home by (3-0). In the last 10 away matches Santos has a record of 1 win, 5 draws and 4 losses. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 5 times and never got the comeback. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 15 away matches for all competitions: they have suffered 6 of their 17 goals between minutes (0′-15 ‘).
Santos dreams of the title of this competition, because it wants to return to the Copa Libertadores de América. This will not be an easy duel, but visitors have all the conditions to leave the field with a good result. We believe that Santos will make a strong mark in the field, trying to neutralize the attacking plays of the locals. For the fact of playing at home in the second leg, a draw in this first match will be something very commemorated. The coach should not have important absences for this game.