Cruzeiro vs Ceara Prediction & Match Preview

Cruzeiro vs Ceara
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Kick-Off 23:15 UK / 00:15 CET
Venue: Mineirao (Belo Horizonte).

Cruzeiro will be looking to rebound from a 3-1 defeat to Flamengo in the first round derby at Maracana. They will play host to Ceara on Wednesday evening in Belo Horizonte where Raposa rarely dropped points in the previous term of Serie A.

The hosts are impeccable in their respective Copa Libertadores group. They won five from five with an incredible goal difference of 10-0 and are souvereign leaders of Group B ahead of Emelec, Deportivo Lara and Huracan.

On top of this, Mano Menezes’ squad went past their bigger rivals Atletico Mineiro to claim the Campenato Mineiro 1 trophy earlier this month. They are one of shadow favourites to challenge Palmeiras’ crown in this term of Serie A.

Can the hosts bounce back from the 3-1 loss at Flamengo and clinch their maiden victory in the new season on Wednesday night?

Cruzeiro vs Ceara: Head-to-head

Cruzeiro lead the head to head tie by one win coming into seventh meeting with Vozao.

Nonetheless, Ceara stunned Raposa in their previous head to head encounter in late-October last year at Mineirao.

Only one of six head to head matches between these two likes saw goals scored at both ends.

Cruzeiro vs Ceara: Prediction

The visitors had a disappointing pre-season which saw them lose the Campenato Cearense 1 0-3 on aggregate to Fortaleza. They entered the new Serie A campaign with ambitions exclusively connected to avoiding the relegation.

However, Vozao enjoyed a spectacular evening on Sunday when they stormed past ten-man top flight debutants CSA 4-0 at Arena Castelao. They’ll face hard times backing up such stunning display, though.

The quality is by far on Cruzeiro’s side and we expect the hosts to ease their way to a comprehensive victory in spite of first round results. Raposa are on a thread of eight successive wins on the home patch across competitions. They scored at least two goals in each of these eight victories and we expect them to do the same here against Ceara.

Cruzeiro vs Ceara: Bet Tips

  • Cruzeiro to win @ 1.53 (8/15)
  • Cruzeiro Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.80 (4/5).