Parana vs Cruzeiro Preview and Predictions

Parana Clube vs Cruzeiro
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Kick-Off at 23:30 UK / 00:30 CET
Venue: Estadio Durival de Britto e Silva, Curitiba.

Cruzeiro travel to Estadio Durival de Britto e Silva to take on the league newcomers Parana aiming to get their Serie A campaign back on track after clinching only a single point in last two affairs with Vasco da Gama and Chapecoense. Such thread dropped the team out of the top six in the league ladder and a win in mid-week tie with relegation strugglers would certainly mean the world to Mano Menezes and his men.

Nevertheless, grabbing one will by no means be an easy task for Raposa in spite of the fact the hosts sit second from bottom ahead of the clash. Rogerio Micale’s troops raised the spirits with impressive showings in back-to-back home victories over Fluminense and Bahia in their latest outings in Curitiba. They failed to move such form on the road, though, falling comfortable 2-0 away at Flamengo at the weekend.

Parana Clube vs Cruzeiro: Head-to-head

  • It’s been 11 years since these two sides last locked horns.
  • If we are to judge by the results from H2H ties from back then, we could be in for a high-scoring thriller on Wednesday evening.
  • Each of last three head to head affairs saw at least four goals scored as well as the BTTS option “come in”.
  • Overall Cruzeiro only won 2 and lost 4 of 8 matches at Estadio Durival de Britto e Silva.

Parana Clube vs Cruzeiro: Predictions

Neither Micale nor Menezes should have major absentees here. The visitors will be encouraged with the return of an important attacking figure Thiago Neves who came on as a substitute late in the second half of the 2-0 loss to Chapecoense on Saturday evening. Even though he could be paired with Rafael Sobis up front here, it’s hard to believe Raposa could do much attackingly given they’ll be up against an opposition which conceded only one goal in last four home outings.

Parana are generally very tough to break down, particularly in front of the home crowd. Cruzeiro have also been playing super tight (the second-best defensive line in the league after 11 rounds) at the start of the season which is why we have to take the Under 2.5 goals FT as the banker bet at the odds of 1.80. Braver tipsters can go with no goals in the first half at 2.40.

Parana Clube vs Cruzeiro: Betting Tips

  • Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.50
  • Under 0.5 goals in the first half @ 2.40.