09/28/2021 at 08:00 CEST
The At. Mineiro and Palmeiras decided to play the pass to the final of the Libertadores with a single card and without margin of error (tonight at 02:30 CEST) after the mock game, a week ago at Allianz Parque, which ended with a very disappointing 0-0.
And the Galo, who is by his own merits the team of the year in Brazilian football, feels strong, almost impregnable now that he has to face the game as host. In this 2021, as a local, he has only asked for a single match of the 25 disputed. It’s more, Everson they haven’t suffered a goal for Mineirao in the last eight games in all competitions. In fact, the team of Cuca they have kept a clean sheet in the last five games. It is an accumulation of statistics that they impose on anyone.
This last weekend, with the tie in their visit to Sao Paulo (0-0), At. Mineiro increased his league invincibility streak to a 14-game sequence. A record in Brazil. He is the leader of the Brasileirao with eight points of advantage, precisely over Palmeiras, which has just lost the derby against Corinthians that he directs Sylvinho (1-2). He is a semifinalist in the Copa do Brasil and today he has the possibility of returning to a continental final eight years later. Everything is in your favor.
WITHOUT DIEGO COSTA
Not the most likely loss of Diego Costa, who suffered a muscle injury in the back of his left thigh in the first leg, removes an iota of favor from the Galo, which has a great squad for the South American parameters. Confidently and feeling superior, the At. Mineiro knows that today he can take a decisive step towards the dream triplet. In addition, he will have the support of his crooked fanatic in the stands.
Palmeiras, on the other hand, face the shock absolutely under pressure, because the only title option is played in the remainder of the season. As a good disciple of Mourinho what is it, portuguese Abel ferreira he chose to eliminate the first leg in a non-match in which his only objective was to come out alive and with options for the return, as it ended up happening.
The main asset of Verdao is their greater experience as a team in this type of extreme situations. And, with a very irregular season below expectations, the São Paulo players have no choice but to pull gallons and their status as the current tournament champion. If you enter into a strictly football debate, on a theoretical level, this At. Mineiro is far superior with packing footballers like Hulk (he has 21 goals and 11 assists in 46 games this season) or the Argentines Nacho Fernandez or Matias Zaracho.
THE POSSIBLE ALIGNMENTS OF AT. MINEIRO – PALMEIRAS
AT. MINEIRO: Everson; Mariano, Nathan, Junior Alonso, Guilherme Arana; Matías Zaracho, Nacho Fernández; Vargas, Keno and the Hulk.
PALMEIRAS: Weverton; Marcos Rocha, Luan, Gustavo Gómez, Piquerez; Felipe Melo, Zé Rafael, Raphael Veiga; Dudu, Rony and Luiz Adriano.
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (Argentina)
Stadium: Mineirao (Belo Horizonte)
Schedule: At 02:30 CEST.