We are back with another betting preview for tonight, for the match between Ponte Preta v Chapecoense in the Brazilian Serie A. Also, make sure you check out our preview for the F1 race in Montreal tonight.
Ponte Preta have no new injury issues but face some major selection problems in midfield with Bob, Elton unavailable, which is a major setback. Naldo and Cajá are expected to start in a more attacking-minded midfield. They have another notable absentee as Yago is still sidelined, representing a massive defensive blow with Rodrigo expected to keep his place. Ponte Preta are in average mood after being heavily defeated last Thursday, on the back of their worst performance of the season. They want to bounce back with a win this weekend but a draw wouldn’t be seen as a major disappointment. Accordingly, they will assume the initiative with a balanced approach but some doubts remain on whether they’ll be willing to take significant risks to grab the win.
Chapecoense approach this game with a major selection issue in midfield as Girotto will serve a one-game ban this weekend and J. Pedro, Nathan, and M. Ribeiro are still recovering from injury. Seijas is a good replacement for João Pedro but they don’t have a valid replacement for Girotto, with their 5th choice for the position, Moisés, expected to start which represents a massive blow. Chapecoense are still in good mood for this game despite coming from a heavy midweek defeat at home. They performed decently though and were ultimately let down by their poor finishing in key moments. A draw would be seen as a good result so, they’ll deploy a cautious and reactive approach which suits them, and will not take risks to grab the win unless they find themselves in a trailing position.
Verdict & Prediction
Ponte Preta are in an average mood for this game being heavily defeated in their midweek, on the back of the worst performance of the season. They are enjoying a decent season start though and the fans remain fully behind the team and their manager and hope to bounce back from their poor performance with a win this weekend. I recommend a bet on Ponte Preta!
Prediction: Ponte Preta -0.50 Asian Handicap (same as to win the match)
Odds: 1.91 Pinnacle