Atletico Mineiro vs Avai
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 27 April 2019
Kick-Off 23:00 UK / 00:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Independencia (Belo Horizonte).
Atletico Mineiro will try and forget recent failures with a winning kick off to the new Serie A campaign. They will have a great chance to do so on Saturday evening when recently-promoted Avai come to visit Estadio Independencia for the opening round fixture.
Galo had a devastating Copa Libertadores run. They won one and lost four of five group phase games so far and have already lost all hopes of making it to the knockout stage of the most elite continental competition. On top of this failure, they fell 2-3 on aggregate to Cruzeiro in Campeonato Mineiro 1 final.
Such spell of form resulted in the managerial change as Rodrigo Santana took over Levir Culpi on the bench. Nevertheless, the new head coach failed to shift team’s fortunes around as he lost two and drew one of three games in charge. The negative run includes mid-week’s 0-1 home defeat to Colombian Nacional in Copa Libertadores.
Atletico Mineiro vs Avai: Head-to-head
Galo will rely heavily on the head to head tradition here.
It’s been two years since these two sides last locked horns.
Atletico Mineiro won six and drew one of seven home clashes against Leao da Ilha.
Just one of past four head to head ties saw three or more goals scored.
Atletico Mineiro vs Avai: Prediction
Avai returned to the elite class of Brazilian football after two years. They will be looking for an opportunity to take advantage of the momentum and make a huge upset on Saturday evening at Estadio de Independencia.
The visitors won the Campeonato Catarinense 1 thanks to penalties as they eliminated both Criciuma and Chapecoense on penalties in the semi-final and final. On the positive note, Geninho’s men did not concede two or more goals in any of last nine games across competitions.
Bookies see the hosts as heavy favourites, but we will try and take advantage of the sky-high 2.62 odds offered for Avai to avoid a defeat against out-of-form counterparts.
Atletico Mineiro vs Avai: Bet Tips
Avai or Draw Double Chance @ 2.62 (15/8)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.70 (7/10).