Chapecoense vs Ceara
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Thursday, 31 May 2018
Kick-Off at 01:00 UK
Venue: Arena Conda (Chapeco).
Chapecoense have seen their woes on the road continue as they suffered two losses in two trips, beaten by both Internacional and Fluminense since mid-May. They now look to return to the winning ways at Arena Conda as they host bottom-of-the-table rivals Ceara for their Matchday 8 clash on Thursday, hoping to build on their better displays in front of the home crowd.
Verdao have beaten Flamengo (3-2 in Serie A) and Atlético Mineiro (on penalties after a goalless draw in Copa do Brazil), proving great character and fine form despite a very tough schedule and meeting sides from the top of the table.
Ceara have largely struggled for points and we’ve seen them bag just three points in six games, with a nine-game winless streak across competitions now behind them. They’ve seen a narrow 0-1 loss to Gremio on Monday and although they’ve kept it together at the back, Jorginho’s men conceded a late winner and there will be no confidence or high team spirits taken from the clash now.
Chapecoense vs Ceara: Head-to-head
- Chapecoense have never beaten Ceara, with four games played in 2013 and 2014.
- We’ve seen goals on both ends in all of the four head-to-head matches.
- Ceara made it through to the next round of Copa do Brazil over the rivals in their last matchup (2-3 on aggregate).
Chapecoense vs Ceara: Prediction
We do feel Chapecoense have been a very solid side at home recently and we’ll back them to build on such performances, backing them to their first win over the rivals at 1.85. They have struggled to impress against Ceara so far but the visitors have been far from their best recently.
They’ve been conceding many goals recently too, though, and this could be more worrying. With that in mind, we’ll now also back Over 2.5 Goals FT at 2.35, which could be overpriced as both sides regularly enjoy high-scoring clashes with goals on both ends despite unpredictable spells of form.
Chapecoense vs Ceara: Bet Tips
- Home win @ 1.85
- Over 2.5 Goals FT @ 2.35