“Cruzeiro are clearly ready to return to Serie A. In the last rounds of the championship, the current hosts did not look good, and even let the main pursuers get closer. However, the Pezzolano players have nothing to worry about at the moment as they have some points to spare. As for the 1st match against Fluminense, the local favourites could well have clung to a draw, had it not been for the early dismissal of Cleburson. In any case, on home soil, Cruzeiro are capable of snatching a trip to the 1/14th cup final. Do the home side need it or not?
“Fluminense” are also not burdened with the performance on the continental arena, and in the championship gave an excellent series of matches. On their own field the favourites should have been more confident to beat the Serie B representative, but you should not forget about the rotation of the squad as well. I also don’t think that Diniz will field his best players here before the meeting with Sao Paulo. Still, Fluminense have a good chance of clinching league medals, which should be the main objective for the visitors.
In 3 or 4 of their head-to-head encounters, the teams were confident in scoring the total.
“Fluminense have been stronger in five games in a row. During the whole season, the visiting team lost only 2 away matches. Finally, Fluminense cannot beat Cruzeiro at home since 2016.
Cruzeiro are destroying everyone in Serie B at home, and have yet to lose a point in the home walls.
Prediction and bet on the match Cruzeiro – Fluminense RG. Outcome cf. 1,85
The local team performs magnificently at home, and is clearly not afraid of a nominally more serious opponent. In addition, Fluminense’s visit to Belo Horizonte often ended in defeat for them. This season, the visitors have a good chance of making it into the top-four, and they can hardly sacrifice that for the national cup. Especially since Fluminense have a tough trip to Sao Paulo ahead of them. Therefore, I expect Cruzeiro not to lose at home this time as well.
Prediction: Handicap 1 (0)