Corinthians and Fluminense measure forces at Corinthians Arena, in a match for this phase of the South American Cup (Quarter-finals). The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 6 matches won 4, drew 1 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a game in this stadium, in 15 -04-2018, for Series A, the Corinthians won by (2‑1). Rodriguinho (45 ‘and 86’) scored the goals of the match, for Corinthians, and Richard (48 ‘), for Fluminense. Particular attention is needed for the home / away condition, since both teams have significantly different results at home and abroad.
The home team reaches this stage of the Copa Sudamericana (Quarter ‑ finals) after having played previous qualifiers with: Wanderers, Deportivo Lara and Racing Club. This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 matches he has recorded 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses as a visitor, with 15 goals scored and 13 suffered; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in his stadium, with 18 goals scored and 7 suffered. The team arrives at this match after a home victory with Botafogo by (2‑0). In the last 10 games played at home for all competitions, Corinthians won 6, drew 2 and lost 2.
For this competition, he recorded a sequence of 4 victories in the last matches and did not lose any of the last 6 matches. His attack has scored regularly, as he scored at least one goal in each of the last 6 games for this competition. The team does not usually have problems opening the scoring: he scored the first goal in 7 of the last 9 games, of these 7 he came to the break in advantage in 4 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 5.
The Corinthians have the ambition to conquer some expressive title in the season and see this competition as a great opportunity to reach their goal. In this first leg, Corinthians will play with the support of their fans, so it is important to have control of the game, thus seeking to have possession of the ball in their favor. We expect a bold local team, attacking in search of victory. The coach must enter the field with the best players available for this match.
The visiting team reaches this stage of the South American Cup (Quarter-finals) after having played previous qualifiers with: Peñarol, Atlético Nacional and Antofagasta. This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 matches he has recorded 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses as a visitor, with 20 goals scored and 28 suffered; against 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses in his stadium, with 22 goals scored and 14 suffered. In the last match he played, for Serie A, he lost with CSA at home by (0-1). In his last 10 away games, Fluminense records 2 wins, 1 draw and 7 losses. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 5 of the last 6 games for this competition, so he was not very strong defensively. In 15 games, he never got the comeback in the 6 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 6 away matches for all competitions: they suffered 3 of their 8 goals between minutes (76’ ‑ 90 ‘).
The Fluminense is aware that moving towards the next phase will not be an easy task, so it is essential to be able to perform well on the field, both in the first leg and in the second leg. Playing away from home in this lap game, the Fluminense will look for at least one draw, which would be very important for the team’s pretensions, since it will have the advantage of playing at home in the second leg. The coach should not have significant absences for this match.