Coritiba vs. Figueirense / Brazilian Serie A – In this match two teams from the lower part of Brazilian Serie A will face each other; 13-th Coritiba and 18-th Figueirense, which currently has five points fewer. Both teams oscillate lately, which is why they are in situation to fear for their survival in the finish of season, so it will be very interesting to see who will better handle their head-to-head, especially as their previous three matches had ended without a winner. Begins: 13.10.2016 – 00:30 CET
What raises optimism in Coritiba’s ranks is fact that two rounds ago, when they also played at home, they won by even 3-0 another team from lower part of the standings, America Mineiro, which was continuation of good results made at home, four wins and one draw. On the other hand, they lost even three out of four previous away matches. Among them is the minimal one of 1-0 by 17th-positioned Internacional suffered six days ago.
Right because of that we believe that coach Carpegiani will send the same 11 players on the pitch now against Figueirense like he did in the match against America Mineiro, which means Coritiba should play more offensively than in previous round. True, they have to use such setting if they want to continue with great results made at home, especially as only nine matches are left before end of season. Let’s add that after a minor injury experienced forward Kazim-Richards should return in the starting line-up, while on the other hand due to injuries still out of action is midfielder Alan Santos and forwards Berola and Kleber.
Probable lineups Coritiba: Wilson – Benitez, Bareiro, Juninho, Carlinhos – Joao Paulo, Juan – Leandro, Veiga, Vinicius – Kazim-Richards
Figueirense belongs to less known Brazilian teams and by that are somehow predetermined to struggle to survive in the Serie A. Only occasionally they made a better result and reach continental club competitions. Last year, for example, they qualified after a long time for the Copa Sudamericana, but were stopped immediately in the first round of knockout phase by Flamengo. After that they entered a crisis and now are positioned in the drop zone.
For that are mostly responsible three defeats in last four rounds, while in the same period they managed to win only Santa Cruz at home. Despite that Figueirense lags behind teams who are outside the relegation zone for just three points, so everything is possible by the end of season and Figueirense’s fans have justifiable reason to hope that their team will play one more year in the Brazilian elite league. Regarding situation with the team ahead of match against Coritiba due to injuries still out of action are defenders Ferrug and Marquinhos, and midfielders Caucia, Elicarlos, Carlos Alberto and Bady.
Probable lineups Figueirense: Fernandez – Ayrton, Alves, Werley, Para – Jefferson, Renato – Rafael Silva, Elvis, Dodo – Rafael Moura
Coritiba – Figueirense PICK
Although both teams need points very much in their struggle to survive we have decided to give advantage to Coritiba, mostly as they won four and drew just one out of last five matches played at home.
Pick: Coritiba wins
Odds: 1.62 at BetVictor (down to 1.57 can be played)