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Currently languishing in 12th place in the Campeonato Brasileiro classification, Corinthians will seek fortune improvement if they hold up rock solid Ceara On Sunday.
Unbeaten in eleven games since June, the guests are four places and five points better than their colleagues and are looking to qualify for the Copa Libertadores for the next season.
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Since their last win against the 10-man Cuiaba in July, Corinthians have only picked up one point from their next two games – a 3-1 loss to the formidable Flamengo and their derby in Sao Paulo against Santos, which they won with a goalless draw held.
As a result, Timao has lost three of the last five games to stagnate in Serie A and is now closer to the bottom four than the continental qualifiers.
The squad, led by the former Lyon boss, has been largely inconsistent during a previously frustrating 2021 season Sylvinho – who did not last long at the Ligue 1 club – only scored more than one goal in a game this season.
In fact, they have failed to hit the net regularly and only five other teams have recorded fewer than their paltry 12 league goals after another gap last Sunday.
Your proud support is growing impatiently, because not only the team lacks vigor in the Brazilian top class, the interest in the cup competitions has long since died down.
Sylvinho will therefore be eager to repay the trust of a club that he represented with great skill at the beginning of his playing career before moving to Europe – for Arsenal and Barcelona. Certainly a repetition of the 2-1 victory Corinthians celebrated against this week’s opponents in February would not hurt for a man who is increasingly being scrutinized.
After Ceara also drew 0-0 last time, Ceara is still clearly behind the illustrious hosts in the table and is a proven specialist in getting a point out of difficult games.
While the Alvinegro have only suffered two league defeats so far – one of the best records in the entire league – they have only won five of their 15 games.
A humble club from the city of Fortaleza, they have never finished seventh in the top division of Brazilian football and – currently in Serie A – they are getting the most out of a fourth straight season in the elite, after having previously played one A 17 year absence.
Head coach Guto Ferreira led Ceara to 11th place in the Brasileiro last season
However, as they host high-fliers Palmeiras and Flamengo in two of their next three games, the former Bahia boss is sure to aim for Sunday’s encounter to be more likely to score three points.
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Corinthians coach Sylvinho will consider changes in his starting XI after some lackluster performances – especially in the last third – with the experienced striker Yo (so far with four goals in Serie A) and needed more support in his role as a single striker.
Colombian midfielder Victor Cantillo was ruled out with a hamstring injury that could leave him out by the end of the month, but the home side have few other injury concerns.
First name on the team sheet, Brazilian national goalkeeper Cassio will lead the team behind a back four who, despite the club’s recent troubles, have one of the better defensive records in the league.
The guests meanwhile have to do without the former defender of Fortaleza Gabriel Dias (Knee), Klaus (Shoulder) and João Ricardo (Knee) from injury, but many changes are unlikely to be made to a permanent team.
Hence the attacking trident is from Lima, Vina and Stiven Mendoza should reunite at the top of Guto Ferreira’s favorite 4-3-3 formation in the Neo Quimica Arena.
Corinthians possible starting line-up:
Cassio; Fagner, Victor, Gil, Santos; Roni, Gabriel; Gustavo, Guiliano, Mosquito; Yo
Ceara possible starting line-up:
Richard; Sobral, Messias, Lacerda, Pacheco; Cleber, Willian, Marlon; Lima, Vina, Mendoza
Probability: Corinthians 1-1 Ceara
Corinthians can come up short in and around the opponent’s penalty area, but are still able to score a draw on Sunday – if they find the rare inspiration in front of the goal.
With Ceara having shared the spoils in more than half of the games they have played this season, she’s used to narrow-minded affairs, and this could be another one – nine total draws out of 16.
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