Coritiba vs Sport Recife
Brasileiro Serie A
Date: Tuesday, 11th July 2017
Kick-off at 0:00 UK/ 1:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Couto Pereira (Curitiba).
For Coritiba and Sport Recife, it is a battle to keep themselves inside the Continental qualification zone when they lock horns on Monday night.
Coritiba are sitting at 9th in the table with 16 points while Recife are three spots behind with a point deficit. Both teams could start outside the Copa Sudamericana zone depending up on the results of Saturday’s and Sunday’s games.
The things are not looking positive for Coritiba as they prepare for matchday 12 with their last win coming at the start of June. They have now gone without a win in 6 games accumulating 4 draws in the process. The pressure is mounting on head-coach Pachequinho as his team has failed to score in 4 of the previous six fixtures.
Among the positives for Coritiba is their home form. They are yet to lose a match at Couto Pereira, however the most recent three are draws before winning in three back to back games.
Meanwhile, Sport Recife are a team in good spirits after having picked up four consecutive wins with clean sheets in all competitions. Only two of those are in Serie A in which they got the better of Santos and Atletico PR by the same 1-0 margin. In last midweek’s Copa Sudamericana tie, they eased past Argentine outfit Arsenal Sarandi by a 2-0 margin.
Away from home, Sport are unbeaten in their last two outings. They were beaten convincingly in the previous three. Certainly, they are a team in ascendancy.
Coritiba vs Sport Recife: Head-to-head
Last season, Coritiba defeated Sport Recife in both Serie A games. Recife were dominant in the previous seasons having picked 6 wins and a draw.
Six of the last seven encounters between the two sides across all venues have seen less than 2.5 goals.
Even at home, Coritiba failed to maintain any clear advantage against Sport Recife. They managed just 3 wins from 10 games, drew 5 and lost 2.
Coritiba vs Sport Recife: Prediction
Bookies think Coritiba are favourites to win this one. But one should be vary of Sport Recife’s current form. They visitors gathered momentum after a poor start to the season. And they have a decent h2h record at the Estadio Couto Pereira. Moreover, Coritiba are missing four key players through injury, so any home advantage on paper will be neutralized. On current form, Recife look good to steal at least a point from this game.
Coritiba vs Sport Recife: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Draw or Sport Recife at 2.05 with Bet365.
A decent alternate is Under 2.5 goals for 1.67 odds with Betfair (14 of the previous 20 games between them saw under 2.5 goals).