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Soaring Flamengo will try to close the gap to Brasileiro leaders Atletico Mineiro by taking all three points away Ceara On Sunday.
In the last six encounters between the two teams, they have won three games each, with the black and white in the lead in the last two encounters.
Prediction for this match
Ceara’s impressive streak of eleven unbeaten games in the top Brazilian league ended with a 3-1 away defeat at Corinthians last weekend.
Although the hosts had less than half as many shots as their opponents, the hosts scored with all three hits and sentenced the black and whites to their first defeat since June 17 against Bahia.
Guto FerreiraThe Brasileiro side have now slipped to eighth place, just outside the top six in terms of goal difference.
Ceara have never finished seventh in the top division of Brazilian football, but they are making the most of their fourth straight season in the league after being absent for 17 years.
The black and whites face a difficult challenge against a strong Flamengo team on Sunday, but after their victory last season they can confidently look into the game. In fact, Ceara took his first home win against Scarlet-Black when they won 2-0 in September 2020; Previously, they had lost three games and played a draw on home soil.
With three of their next five league games against teams currently in the relegation zone, a positive result this weekend could be the catalyst to help them get back on their feet and get into another good shape in the second half of the season .
Flamengo remain on track to win their second Copa Libertadores trophy in three years as a resounding 9-2 aggregate win over Olimpia secured their spot in the semifinals.
A 4-1 first leg win was followed on Wednesday in the second leg by 5-1 on home soil with a talismanic striker Gabriel Barbosa scored four goals in both legs.
With Flamengo’s semi-final clash against Barcelona SC just over four weeks away, Renato GauchoThe men will now focus on the Brasileiro again to save their hopes for the title.
After a sluggish start to their title defense, the Scarlet Blacks have won 11 of their last 12 games across all competitions through a strong resurgence in form. There were five wins in this run in the Brasileiro, which moved them to fifth place in the table.
Despite being 10 points behind leaders Atletico Mineiro, they have two games to go and there is still a long way to go this season.
Flamengo have lost their last two games to Ceara 2-0 but with their impressive form at the moment they can imagine their chances of a sixth straight away win.
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Ceara duo Vitor Jacare and João Ricardo are both excluded while with knee injuries Klaus (Shoulder) and Gabriel Dias (Knees) are doubtful and will be judged before kick-off.
Ferreira is unlikely to make too many changes to a permanent team despite last weekend’s defeat Lima, Jorginho and Stiven Mendoza could all keep their places in the starting XI.
striker Clever has only scored two goals in 10 Brasileiro games so far this season, but will be up ahead before the season Jael Ferreira.
As for Flamengo, Rene (Leg), Rodrigo Caio (Muscle), Piris Da Motta (Ankle) and Cesar (Knees) are all excluded while with injuries Gustavo Henrique and Thiago Maia are self-isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus.
midfield player William Arao and further Bruno Henrique are also not available, as they have to serve a ban for a game due to too many yellow cards. Chelsea loan Kenya and João Gomes could be handed starts in their absence.
Barbosa was spared for the final league game as Gaucho made the Copa Libertadores second leg priority priority, but the 24-year-old forward – who has scored 19 goals in 21 games so far this season – is slated to start this weekend.
Ceara possible starting line-up:
Richard; Buiu, Messiah, Otavio, Pacheco; Sobral, Marlon; Mendoza, Jorginho, Lima; Clever
Flamengo possible starting line-up:
Alves; Matheuzinho, Viana, Pereira, Luis; Gomes, Diego; Ribeiro, De Arrascaeta, Kenedy; Barbosa
Probability: Ceara 1-2 Flamengo
During this season, Ceara has struggled to beat, drawing eight times and clearing seven times, the second most in the Brasileiro.
The black and whites might frustrate Flamengo on Sunday as they did in their last two Scarlet Black encounters, but we expect the offensive quality of Barbosa and Co. to break through a robust backline from Ceara to the incumbent a close away win to secure champions.
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