Ceara vs Corinthians
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Thursday, 6 September 2018
Kick-Off at 00:00 UK / 01:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Governador Placido Aderaldo Castelo, Fortaleza.
Ceara made a massive upset on Sunday afternoon when they picked up a three-pointer from Maracana where they stunned the third-placed Flamengo 0-1.
Mengao completely dominated the pitch throughout the 90 minutes of play, but the Lisca’s men showed a fantastic spirit to resist Flamengo’s attacks and bag the stoppage-time winner through Leandro Carvalho.
The victory moved Vozao level on points with 18th-placed Chapecoense, but they are still four points below the line.
Can the weekend’s success be backed up with another stern defensive display when defending champions Corinthians come to visit Fortaleza on Wednesday evening?
The visitors have had a roller-coaster campaign so far in the season.
They are nowhere near the stellar form they enjoyed in the previous term and the lack of consistency caused the massive 16-point deficit to the table-toppers Santos for them ahead of the 23rd round tie with Ceara.
Osmar Loss’ men are also out of the Copa Libertadores after the elimination from Chilean Colo-Colo on the away goal rule (2-2 on aggregate).
Ceara vs Corinthians: Head-to-head
The draw was by far the most common of outcomes in the short history of head to head matches between the two teams.
It happened on five occasions in seven games. Timao won the remaining two outings as Ceara are yet to pick up their maiden victory.
Teams shared spoils in a 1-1 draw at Arena Corinthians this year, their first encounter since 2011 when Ceara previously featured the elite class.
Ceara vs Corinthians: Prediction
Loss’ troops come into this in high spirits with two wins and a draw in last three games across competitions.
They can entirely focus on the domestic league success and the top-six finish after the Copa Libertadores elimination and there are no doubts they’ll be highly motivated to sick up the result against the outfit which sits second from bottom in the league ladder at the moment.
The mentioned win over Flamengo was Ceara’s first in six matches and we just can’t see them as favourites against the reigning champions here.
The bookies price Corinthians, who have never lost a match against Vozao, at 1.57 to leave Fortaleza undefeated.
Under 2.5 goals FT has to be an option as well given the importance of the match as well as teams’ recent spells of form.
Ceara vs Corinthians: Bet Tips
Corinthians or Draw Double Chance @ 1.53
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.40.