Yesterdays free betting preview for the match between Corinthians and Ponte Preta was a success and today we are back with the betting preview for the match between Gremio and Avai.
Gremio have two new selection issues for this game as Grohe and Pedro Rocha were ruled out of contention due to injury. This represents a quality downgrade both from an attacking and defensive perspective with Leonardo and Everton to start. On a brighter note, they’ll field a much improved starting lineup this weekend with nine regular starters returning, after being rested for Copa Libertadores. Grêmio are in an excellent mood, coming from a valuable away win for Copa Libertadores. They fully rotated the team last weekend and ended up being defeated in a tough away fixture. A win is their only goal for this game as a draw would be a major setback. Hence, they will assume the initiative with an attacking approach and will take significant risks to grab the win if the scores are level late on.
Avai have no new selection issues for this game and will welcome back Marquinhos, after the Sports Court accepted an appeal to suspend his 4-game ban. The veteran playmaker will enhance their bench options as he is still not 100% fit due to a minor injury problem, with Castro expected to start. With a full week to prepare this game, they will certainly deploy their strongest lineup available. Avaí are in an average mood, coming from a disappointing home draw in a tight contest, where they had a good defensive performance but were unable to create much up front. In this game, a draw would be seen as a great result, given the opponents’ quality. As so, they will deploy a defensive approach and will not take any risks throughout the game unless they find themselves in a trailing position.
Verdict & Prediction
Gremio are in an excellent mood for this game, coming from a great away win in Copa Libertadores on the back of a solid defensive performance, that leaves them in a great position to qualify for the next round. They come from an away league defeat, where they fielded a second string team, privileging their Copa Libertadores fixture. They will be totally focused in Serie A in the upcoming weeks, where they hope to reduce the 7-point disadvantage to the league leaders Corinthians.
Prediction: Gremio -1.50 Asian Handicap (Gremio to win by at least two goals)
Odds: 1.91 Pinnacle