Gremio vs Fortaleza
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 8 June 2019
Kick-Off at 23:00 UK / 00:00 CET
Venue: Arena do Gremio (Porto Alegre).
Gremio will be desperate to arrest the current slump in form on Saturday evening when they welcome recently-promoted Fortaleza to Porto Alegre. Immortal Tricolor are just not pulling up any trees at the start of the campaign and another failure here might be Renato Gaucho’s farewell from the bench. The Copa LIbertadores success is what helped Gaucho keep his job as Gremio managed to go beyond the group phase thanks to a run of three successive wins in last three rounds.
Immortal Tricolor did announce better days with three successive clean sheets. They eliminated Juventude 3-0 on aggregate in the last 16 round of Copa do Brasil. The team also clinched maiden league win in the previous home clash against Atletico Mineiro (1-0). Nonetheless, the positive run was interrupted seven days ago with a 1-0 loss away at Bahia.
Gremio vs Fortaleza: Head-to-head
It’s been seven years since these two likes last locked horns and they were battling it out in Copa do Brasil back then.
Gremio advanced via two separate 2-0 wins.
Overall, Immortal Tricolor won four, drew one and lost one of six meetings with Leao.
Gremio won each of three home clashes with Fortaleza (9-2 goal difference en route).
Gremio vs Fortaleza: Prediction
The visitors showed strength in a 1-3 away win over Chapecoense in mid-May, but they failed to back it up claiming just one point from two following ties. Rogerio Ceni’s men returned to the old habits in terms of the lack of attacking creativity in the build-up play.
Leao scored just one goal in last two matches and they failed to find the back of the net in three of four away ties in the league. Since they will play Gremio who conceded no more than one goal in last four games in all competitions, the home win to nil is our primary betting recommendation.
Gremio vs Fortaleza: Bet Tips
Gremio to win in -1.5 Asian Handicap @ 2.35 (27/20)
Gremio to keep a clean sheet @ 1.72 (8/11).