Friday, 23 July 2010

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Week 11 Preview

Avaí x Atlético Mineiro
Vasco da Gama x Atlético Goianiense
Prudente x Vitória
Santos x São Paulo
Cruzeiro x Grêmio
Internacional x Flamengo
Goiás x Atlético Paranaense
Ceará x Palmeiras
Corinthians x Guarani
Botafogo x Fluminense

Week 11 in the Brasileiro and for some teams it's four games in ten days as we try to catch up from the break. Atlético-MG are the biggest fallers from grace so far this season and being in 19th place is only acceptable to Cruzeiro fans. A trip to Florianópolis to face an in form Avaí is about the last thing they need at the moment especially with rumours circulating about Wanderley Luxemburgo and São Paulo as well. Atlético-GO pulled off the most stunning result of the season so far and will be full of confidence and their trtp to the São Januário to take on Vasco da Gama. Although still bottom of the table, Atlético-GO would leapfrog Vasco with victory in their battle to avoid the drop. At the Prudentão, two teams both on thirteen points meet up in the final Saturday game. Cup finalists Vitória and Prudente have identical records since the break but the home advatange for Prudente could tip things in their favour.

Two struggling sides meet at the Vila Belmiro with uncertainty regarding the positions of their incumbent coaches. Santos have lost all three games since the break and have slumped to 12th in the table whist São Paulo have just the point they picked up in midweek to show for their post break effort and lie a place below Santos. It is expected the losing coach in this San-São will be looking for new employment come Monday morning. Cruzeiro should bounce back from their defeat at Fluminense in midweek when they host Grêmio at the Mineirão. Grêmio are yet to win on their travels and need to improve their away form quickly. Cruzeiro are unbeaten at home so far this season and will expect this to continue. Game of the day comes at Beira-Rio where the form side Internacional take on Flamengo. Despite their widely reported lack of firepower Flamengo are still managing to score but this game may be a step to far for them this as Inter continue to build to their Libertadores semi-final clash with São Paulo. After the silly scenes that marked their game against Vitória in midweek Goiás welcome Atlético-PR to the Serra Dourada. Atlético-PR snapped a three game losing streak in midweek and hope to bring the confidence into the game whilst Goiás are still fuming from letting a two goal lead slip in midweek.

Has the bubble burst for Ceará? Unbeaten before the break they've only taken 2 points from 9 since and welcome an inconsistent Palmeiras looking to find it's feet under the new management of Big Phil Scolari. This result could forge the destiny of both teams for the rest of the season. Corinthians will look to bounce back from their disappointing defeat in midweek at Atlético-GO when they entertain Guarani at the Pacaembu. Guarani have only the one win away from home at Vasco whilst Corinthians are 5 from 5 so far and this could well be a home banker. Finally the oldest derby in Brazil, the "Clássico Vovô" takes place at the Engenhão as Botafogo welcome leaders Fluminense. O Fogão's problems are well documented, they haven't won in 7 whilst Fluminense are unbeaten over the same period since a loss at Corinthians. Knowing the way this league works, nothing would surprise us is Botafogo managed to turn the leaders over.

We're back Monday with a full round of all the action.

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