Corinthians vs Cruzeiro
Brazil Serie A
Date: Thursday, 26 July 2018
Kick-Off at 01:45 UK
Venue: Arena Corinthians (Sao Paulo).
Cruzeiro have bagged two important Serie A wins in front of the home crowd since the break, as they extended a four-game unbeaten streak and made the top 4 cut in Brazilian top flight after 14 games played. They now travel to Arena Corinthians hoping to build on such performances but snatching points should prove a tough task despite the rivals’ recent woes.
Raposa have been regularly conceding goals and this could come as a worry, especially seeing that Corinthians regularly base their success on rock-solid performances at the back here. Cruzeiro could thus need to keep it together at the back too, if they’re to hold off the rivals in Sao Paulo and on the Serie A table.
Corinthians do come into the match after a comfortable 3-1 loss at city rivals Sao Paulo, which was their second loss in five games, with two draws and just one win also on the record. However, they’ve been tough to outclass at this ground and we’ve seen narrow wins over América Mineiro and Botafogo as well as draws against Santos and Vitoria in four games played since late May.
Corinthians vs Cruzeiro: Head-to-head
Corinthians also haven’t suffered a home loss to Cruzeiro since July 2011, with five wins and two draws along the way.
The sides have shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in their last head-to-head clash at Estadio Governador Magalhaes Pinto in October.
We’ve seen just three goals in their last two matchups.
Corinthians vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
We will now back Corinthians to build on such records and bag a win priced at 2.62. We have seen them very solid at this ground and this could prove great value if they can bounce back from a failure on the road once again.
Cruzeiro will obviously be no easy rivals to beat but we’ve seen them find the net just three times in their last five trips. We thus don’t see them doing so on the day and we’ll now also go for Under 2.5 goals FT at 1.47 – where just one goal could see the contest untangled.
Corinthians vs Cruzeiro: Bet Tips
Home win @ 2.62
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.47