Cruzeiro and Internacional open this Wednesday, August 7, the fight for a place in the decision of the 2019 version of the Brazilian Cup. The first meeting of the semifinals will take place at the Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte. The kick-off is scheduled for 9:30 pm (Brasília time). The return game in Porto Alegre was scheduled for September 4.
The winner will decide the title with whom to take and best in the duel involving Grêmio and Athletico Paranaense, which cannot be started this week because the 2018 South American Cup winner Hurricane is in the Copa Suruga match. The matches are scheduled for August 14 (Grêmio Arena) and September 4 (Baixada Arena).The team that adds the most points at the end of both matches advances to the decision. If the score is equal, the goal balance is the only tiebreaker established. If it is not enough, the setting will be through penalty kicks.
Winner of the last two editions of the Brazilian Cup and in search of an unprecedented three consecutive championship, Cruzeiro is going through what is probably the biggest administrative crisis in its history. It involves police investigations into the misuse of club resources by its officers and, of course, has broken into all four lines.The team, which had been using the cups as a way to sustain their sporting performance, fell last week at Libertadores. At home, they got a goalless draw with River Plate, the same score as the match in Buenos Aires. Was eliminated in the penalty shootout.In this way, the Brazil Cup became its only lifeline, since in the Brazilian Championship, the only possible ambition is to escape the relegation. On Sunday, August 4, for the thirteenth round of the competition, was defeated by Atletico-MG, at the stadium of the rival, 2-0.By staying stationary on the ten points (two wins, four draws and seven losses), he returned to the sticking region. It is the sixteenth place in the table of the Brazilian, the first of the Z4, two points below Fluminense, sixteenth and first team outside this region.If the numbers are bad, performance within the four lines is even worse. Cruzeiro have won just one match in the last 17 matches. In the most recent six, even managed to score. Result of the inefficiency of coach Mano Menezes in creating offensive options. The coach made the post available after the defeat, but the top hats kept him in place.
Internacional made a similar strategy option to Cruzeiro by focusing its main efforts on the cup contests. The quarterfinals of the Copa Libertadores of America, where they will face Flamengo, have arrived.To keep the two battle fronts in the crowns, it left the Brasileirão in the background. On Saturday, August 3, put a team full of reserves to face Fluminense, Maracanã. He was defeated 2-1.But even so, it is far better off than its rival on Wednesday. With 20 points (six wins, two draws and five losses), it occupies the sixth position in the leaderboard, the last one to play and the 2020 edition of the Copa Libertadores. The difference for leader Santos is 12 points.Your Achilles Heel has been performing outside the home. Of the 18 points they played in column two, Inter won only one (a draw and five losses), scoring two goals and conceding eight. For the meeting in Belo Horizonte, coach Odair Hellmann will not be able to count on midfielder D´Alessandro. The Argentine is suspended for the accumulation of yellow cards.
Football Prediction of the Day Cruzeiro vs Internacional
Without having the goal away from home as a tiebreaker, Cruzeiro can even risk a little more offensively in the semifinals match of the Brazilian Cup. But even if you do, it won’t be too aggressive. This is not the style of your coach. Internacional also maintains a very conservative pattern of acting outside its domain. Thus, the prognosis in equality seems to be the most appropriate guess for Wednesday’s duel.
Bet Tips: Cruzeiro