Fortaleza – CRB FREE PICKS
Fortaleza and CRB meet in Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, in a match for the 3rd round of Serie B. There is only record of 2 recent direct confrontations between these two teams: on 08-09-2014, which ended with the victory of the CRB by (3-0), and on 05-24-2014, which ended with a draw by (0-0).
The home team is currently in the 1 st position, with 6 points won. In his debut he won at home against Guarani, by (2-1). In the 2nd round, they won out against Boa by (0-2). In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Fortaleza won 7, tied 1 and lost 2. Defensive consistency has not been their best, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored with regularity, as they scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 5 times and only managed 1 comeback. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 12 home matches for all competitions: they have suffered 5 of their 12 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
The team of Rogério Ceni could not have managed to start in the best way, after two victories in two matches, currently occupying the first position. In the first round, against Guarani, the game was tied until the end of the game, but Ceni, a free-winning free-agent when he acted as a player, received a gift in the final minutes, by Gustavo Henrique. In the second round he not only won the match against Boa Esporte, but he also showed great awareness and possession of the ball. It is important to note that in this confrontation, despite the good performance of the Boa Esporte, the Fortaleza demonstrated quality at the time of completion. Edinho is one of the main highlights of the team, as in addition to having scored one of the goals of the victory against Boa Esporte, has acted more regularly and has been gaining the confidence of the fan. The other players that stand out are Tinga and Jean Patrick, who act more frequently on the right flank.
The away team is currently in 19th place, without any points won. In its premiere it lost out against the West by (2-0). In the 2nd round, they lost at home against Vila Nova by (0-1). In the last 10 games played away for all competitions, the CRB won 4, drew 2 and lost 4. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improvement. In 15 games, he only managed 3 comebacks in the 10 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 suffered 9 of their 25 goals between minutes (61’-75 ‘).
Unlike its adversary in this third round, the CRB did not start in the best way the Brazilian championship, because so far has not known victories in two games played. In the first round, in addition to the defeat, he showed lack of coordination, in addition to suffering a goal in the first half and another in the second, so the coach Mazola was fired. For the second round, and with the premiere of the new coach, Júnior Rocha, after losing the match was stronger in the second half. In spite of that, the highlight was the goalkeeper Mateus Pasinato, from Vila Nova, who made an excellent display. In this difficult game the visiting team needs to have greater harmony between the sectors of midfield and attack, to try to achieve at least not suffer a new defeat against the leader Fortaleza.
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