Santos vs America Mineiro
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Sunday, 29 July 2018
Kick-Off at 23:00 UK / 00:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Urbano Caldeira, Santos.
Santos board lost patience after a horrendous start to the new Serie A season as they dismissed Jair Ventura after last weekend’s goalless draw away at the out-of-form Chapecoense. Serginho Chulapa took charge as the new head coach, but he could not start off with a victory as table-toppers Flamengo earned a point from a 1-1 mid-week draw at Estadio Urbano Caldeira.
The new manager will have a much better opportunity to pick up his maiden win on Santos bench on Sunday evening when Peixe are to tackle the bottom-half America Mineiro side. Nevertheless, it will be anything but a one-way street for the hosts, especially after Coelho picked up a highly-important and a rather surprising 2-1 victory over the fifth-placed Internacional on Thursday evening.
Santos vs America Mineiro: Head-to-head
The head to head stats completely fancies Santos who won five, drew 1 and lost 1 of 7 matches against America Mineiro.
Peixe won four and drew one of five H2H games at Estadio Urbano Caldeira.
Interestingly, both teams scored a goal just once in last six head to head matches.
Santos vs America Mineiro: Prediction
The win over Inter helped Adilson Batista’s men escape the drop zone, but they still have to work hard in order to avoid the relegation scrap until the end of the season. To get there, they’ll need to improve a dreadful record on travels where America Mineiro lost four on the bounce in Serie A, scoring just once in the process.
The defensive line has been Santos’s strength in such a dismal season and Peixe should be in position to keep their net untouched against America here. Santos shipped only two goals in last four league games and we have to take the 1.83 odds offered for them to keep another clean sheet against an outfit which has been struggling for goals on travels ever since the start of the season.
We expect a huge tension as the hosts will be desperate for a win, meaning the beauty of a football game is likely going to suffer on the occasion. We’ll thus back the Under 2.5 goals FT as an alternative betting option at the odds of 1.65.
Santos vs America Mineiro: Bet Tips
Santos to keep a clean sheet @ 1.83
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.65.