Cruzeiro – Santos FREE PICKS
Cruzeiro and Santos meet at Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto, in a return match for this phase of the Copa do Brasil (Quarter-finals), after the victory outside of Cruzeiro by (0-1) in the first leg. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss in the last 5 matches. However, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 27-08-2017, in a match for Serie A that ended in a draw by (1-1). The goals of the match were scored by Rafinha (56 ‘), for Cruzeiro, and Bruno Henrique (21′), for Santos. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
After the away win by (0-1), the home team comes to this second leg with a 1 goal advantage. 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 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses in away matches; against 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a defeat away with Flamengo by (1-0). In the last 10 home matches Cruzeiro has won 7, tied 2 and lost 1. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored with regularity, as he scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, he only had 2 comebacks in the 8 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 20 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 4 of their 9 goals between minutes (16’-30 ‘).
In this according to the confrontation between the two teams, the Cruzeiro, in addition to acting before their fans, comes in advantage, after winning the first game away from home, by 0-1. We highlight Raniel, who scored the only goal of the team and the game. In this second match for the quarterfinals of the Brazilian Cup, coach Mano Menezes must opt for the 4-2-3-1, with the aim of defending well and attacking together with precision. In this tactical drawing we highlight H. Barcos, which must occupy the most advanced position. The highlight of this template in this competition is Raniel, with two goals scored in total. It is important to remember that despite coming from a defeat against Flamengo for the Brazilian championship, the coach managed the classification with a calculated risk. We remind that its objective was to save the holders for this decisive match for the Brazilian Cup, against Santos.
After the defeat at home, the visiting team comes to this second leg with a disvalue of 1 goal and with the difficult task of recovering this negative result as a visitor. 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 2 wins, 5 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 7 goals scored and 18 conceded; against 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 23 goals scored and 13 suffered. The team comes to this match after an away loss with Atlético Mineiro by (3-1). In the last 10 games played away for all competitions, Santos won 1, drew 5 and lost 4. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improvement.
For this decisive match, in addition to acting outside their domains, Santos will have to reverse the disadvantage, because he knows that the mining team will have only one draw to advance. In this match between the two teams coach Cuca should opt for the 4-3-3, looking to present defensive consistency and bet on attacks by the flanks. In this tactical drawing we highlight Bruno Henrique, Rodrygo and Gabriel, who must occupy the most advanced positions. The highlight of this template is Gabriel, who is the main finalist of this competition, with three goals scored. It is important to note that in his last game, when he lost to Atlético-MG, the coach noted shortcomings and at the same time regretted the arrival of foreigners in the semester. We recall that one of the main shortcomings of this template is the lack of a spearhead.
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