Sport Recife vs Cruzeiro
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Saturday, 8 September 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Adelmar da Costa Carvalho, Recife.
Sport Recife ended the horrendous four-loss streak last weekend with a narrow and hardly-fought 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Parana at Estadio Adelmar da Costa Carvalho.
The victory was of a massive importance for Eduardo Baptista and his men who moved up to the 17th place coming just at the brink of the safe zone before the mid-week tie with Bahia on the road.
Can they back up the mentioned victory over Parana and stay unbeaten on Saturday evening when top-half Cruzeiro come to visit Recife?
Visitors are in huge need for points being four points shy of Atletico Mineiro in sixth place.
They obviously want to play Copa Libertadores football next year and the push for the top-six finish is their main goal until the end of the season.
The most recent schedule was brutal for Mano Menezes and his men who played Gremio, Fluminense, Flamengo and Internacional in last four games and before back-to-back away fixtures with easier rivals such as Botafogo and Sport Recife.
Sport Recife vs Cruzeiro: Head-to-head
- The head to head stats speak in Cruzeiro’s favour,
- Raposa won 12, drew 5 and lost only 4 of 21 encounters against Sport Recife.
- Cruzeiro won three and drew one of past four meetings with Leao.
Sport Recife vs Cruzeiro: Prediction
Menezes has much more quality in his ranks than his colleague on the other side without doubts, but it’s really hard to back Cruzeiro on the road with high stakes.
Raposa were struggling badly for goals on travels ever since the start of the season.
They only notched five goals in 11 away games so far in the campaign which is one of the main reasons the team is away from the title contest.
Leao are in desperate need for salvation points and they won most of their points in front of the home fans this year. Eduardo Baptista’s men should thus keep things tight at the back and wait for their chances from counter-attacks.
The match has a huge importance for both outfits and we just have to go for the Under 2.5 goals FT bet as the main option.
Braver tipsters can try with the Under 0.5 goals in the first half as don’t expect any of teams to risk in the first 45 minutes of play.
Sport Recife vs Cruzeiro: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 6/11 (1.53)
Under 0.5 goals in the first half @ 6/11 (1.53) odd.