Against the lowered Ponte Preta Vasco tries this Sunday, December 3, to guarantee the right to play in the knockout phase of the 2018 version of the Copa Libertadores de America. The game, which is part of the schedule of the thirty-eighth round of the Brazilian Championship, will be held from 17h (Brasília time) in São Januário, Rio de Janeiro
Vasco’s recent performance
The conquest of the title of the 2017 edition of the continental tournament by Grêmio made life easier for Vasco. It increased from seven to eight the block of teams qualified for the Libertadores through the Brasileirão. Such a group can still grow. For that, Flamengo would have to be champion of the South American Cup.
The Basque fans certainly do not count on this possibility and look to keep one of the vacancies that already exist. With 53 points (14 wins, 11 draws and 12 losses), the Maltese cross ranks seventh. Thus, it does not depend on any other result to ensure classification. Just beat this Sunday’s rival.
For the match, coach Zé Ricardo indicated that Gilberto should be the holder on the left-back winning the vacancy of Alan. In the attack, the Argentine Andrés Rios has his position threatened. You can give the place to Caio Monteiro.
Low offensive capacity seems to be the Basque’s only concern to achieve the goal. With 38 goals scored, the team has the worst attack in comparison with the 16 teams that are outside the relegation zone of Brasileirão.
This factor has caused Vasco to miss important points. His last four games as a principal, for example, ended in equality. The one who was considered the greatest hope of helping in this difficulty will not be in the field. After undergoing surgery on the knee, striker Luís Fabiano is still in pain and has no playing conditions.
The current form of Ponte Preta
What can ease the way for Vasco is the situation of his rival. When being defeated, by 3 to 2, of turn, for the Vitória, in the previous round, the Black Bridge was lowered to the Second Division of the Brazilian Championship of 2018.
The fall to Series B was dramatic and left sequels. The team had a 2-0 lead when veteran defender Rodrigo, formerly Vasco, sexually assaulted a rival and was sent off. He opened the way to the turn of the red-black Bahia.
The game has not even gone all the way. The angry fans stormed the pitch with ten minutes to go, preventing Ponte Preta from having the chance to reach the draw and maintain their chances of remaining in the national football elite.
With 39 points (ten wins, nine draws and 18 losses), Ponte Preta is in the nineteenth (penultimate) placing. It can at most reach seventeenth place, the first of the relegation zone.
History of the bouts between Vasco and Ponte Preta
The tie was the result that more often happened in the clashes between the alvinegros by Brasileirão. They were 12 in total, including 0-0 of the first round of the 2017 season. Vasco won eight matches and Ponte Preta won five times.
Against a team destroyed by the circumstances in which it was demoted, the Vasco appears like better option of guess. It has a price of 1.47 in Rivalo. The return to equality is 4.33. Macaca’s success multiplies the investment by 7.00.
Tip for Vasco – Ponte Preta :
-Vasco win @ 1.47