In Brazil, as elsewhere in South America, the season reaches its climax in summer. Moreover, there is not only a championship struggle there – there is also a cup struggle at the same time. The tournament is also an opportunity to give some attention to the popular clubs currently relegated to the Serie B. That includes Cruzeiro, who will take on Fluminense on Friday night. Do the visitors have any chance of success? The journalists of the website have written an exclusive forecast for the match on June 24, 2022. Full statistics and current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet.ng.
Fluminense can only nostalgic now for the strength they had at the beginning of the century
The Warriors team is a popular team with a rich history. That included a good stretch in 2007-2012. Beginning with a cup win, the Brazilians then played in the finals of both the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, and, most importantly, took the league title twice. But in recent years, the club have finished closer to the relegation zone of the Serie A standings. And last time round, they finally managed to take seventh place, which looks like a breakthrough. Now, however, Fluminense have fallen back into the middle of the table. With the victory over Avai in the last round, they managed to climb up to 6th place. But the density in the table there is unbelievable. Also offensively, at 1 point, they lost the dispute for the lead in their group of Copa Sudamericana.
Cruzeiro are determined, first and foremost, to fight in Serie B
The Foxes were relatively recent, becoming champions of Brazil once again in 2013 and 2014. But then things fell apart, and in 2019 the popular team finished 17th and moved to Serie B. A return failed in both subsequent draws. But the project had a new majority owner in the winter, and a landmark one at that: the local pupil, the legendary Ronaldo. And so far, the investment from Nibbler has been paying off: his new brainchild has managed to win the league title from the start – after finishing in 14th place in 2021. They could try to convert that form into a cup campaign. Or will they prefer to concentrate on the main task, namely to quickly book their place at the top?
The last time the teams crossed paths was in 2019. Back then, Fluminense managed to pick up 4 points from a possible 6 in Serie A, but lost in a penalty shoot-out in the cup.
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Cruzeiro are now at their strongest in recent years. But not strong enough to win away against a Serie A midfielder. We expect Fluminense to win (odds 1.82).