A well structured America Mineiro will be going down to the Arena Pantanal to take on relegation strugglers Cuiaba going into the Brazileiro Serie A on Thursday.
The well doing guests are aiming to extend what is recently their longest unbeaten steak in the top flight of Brazilian football while the hosts are scoreless in their last five matches.
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Cuiaba is relying on a tough defense and precise finishing, especially in front of their own supporters, to sustain their fight against relegation with just nine goals scored and eight goals allowed at home this season.
Only three of their 27 league games have been decided by a margin higher than one goal due to their tendency to frustrate and strike on the break.
Dourado has only lost one of their nine home games since early June, including a 1-1 draw with Sao Paulo in their most recent home game, despite winning just once in their previous 11 league games.
When they came from behind to tie 2-2 with Copa Libertadores finalists Athletico Paranaense in their most recent game, they further demonstrated the tenacity of a team that suspects they may be in danger.
Following Paulao’s departure, the former Deportivo Alaves forward Deyverson played 45 minutes with 10 men and scored to salvage an unexpected point.
Each victory means a lot for a club that isn’t accustomed to reaching such great heights after being promoted to the top division for the first time in their history in 2021 and becoming the first team from the state of Mato Grosso to play in Serie A since 1986.
Another close victory today might be the difference between Botafogo finishing 11th and Cuiaba in 18th place, which is separated by just seven points.
Visitors from America Mineiro, on the other hand, offer tenacious opposition, which Cuiaba is all too familiar with having lost to them four months ago.
The club from Belo Horizonte hasn’t lost in nine league games since a close 1-0 loss to Palmeiras, and their unbroken streak of six victories and three draws is the greatest in the team’s Serie A history.
A visit to the league’s lowest scorers is coming up, and Coelho have one of the toughest defenses in the division thanks to their five clean sheets in their last seven games.
Vagner Mancini, who has only achieved one top-10 finish in the top division, will be in charge of his 445th game of Brazilian league football on Thursday during his second tenure at America Mineiro and 25th overall.
However, considering that they are now tied for eighth position with Cuiaba and are only one point behind local rivals and defending champions Atletico, a drive for Copa Libertadores qualifying would mark a tremendously successful season for the club.
We are not expecting a goal war in the match between the two teams that are recently scoring few goals and not scoring fewer goal.
However, Cuiaba are more desperate for goals, especially in the presence of their own fans, we can observe them struggling for points, against an America side that are strong enough to resist and respond.