Cruzeiro x Palmeiras – Preview, Prediction and Betting Tips 06/12/2023
Cruzeiro and Palmeiras face each other at the Mineirão stadium, in the city of Belo Horizonte, for the 38th and final round of Series A of the Brazilian Championship. The match is scheduled to take place on the night of this Wednesday, December 6, 2023, starting at 9:30 pm Brasília time.
Through fits and starts, Cruzeiro went through much more difficulty than expected, but managed to guarantee its stay in the national elite in advance after a run in which it added five consecutive rounds without losing, recording precious points in the fight for survival.
Champion of Series B in the previous season, the Cruzeiro team increased investment for 2023 and hoped to obtain a better result, however, it went through difficult times and at certain times its relegation seemed certain, considering that Raposa was included in the G-4 during the first few rounds, but plummeted into freefall for several rounds.
Their most recent duel was a goalless draw against Botafogo, away from home, managing to reach the necessary score to free themselves from any threat of relegation.
However, this does not mean that Raposa should sit back in this final round, considering that the team from Minas Gerais will face the championship leader and arrives with the mission of saying goodbye to its fans with the best performance possible, aiming to alleviate all problems throughout the season, in addition to testing the competitive level of their squad.
There were 2 wins, 3 draws and no defeats in the last 5 official matches of the season, beating Goiás and Fortaleza, in addition to drawing with Vasco, Botafogo and also Athletico-PR.
Currently, the blue and white team is in 14th place on the Brazilian Championship Series A leaderboard, with 46 points achieved so far, five points ahead of Bahia, which opens the relegation zone in the competition.
Furthermore, Cruzeiro has also secured its place in the group stage of the Copa Sudamericana, considering that it can no longer be overtaken by Santos or Vasco in this decisive round.
In the 18 times it entered the field as home team for the Brasileirão, the Cruzeiro team recorded a campaign with 4 wins, 7 draws and 7 defeats, totaling 13 goals scored and 16 conceded.
While on the other side is Palmeiras, owned by coach Abel Ferreira, who could leave the club this week due to receiving strong surveys from abroad.
However, the Portuguese’s work in charge of Verdão is almost impeccable, as the team won two Libertadores, one Brasileirão, two state championships, as well as Recopa Sul-Americana and Supercopa do Brasil.
Furthermore, Palmeiras managed to make up a huge difference of 14 points to recover a championship that seemed lost and can now afford to confirm their second consecutive Brasileirão title even in the event of defeat.
In the last round, the Alviverde team faced Fluminense and despite the difficulties encountered, managed to win by a slim score of 1-0.
The result left them in first place in Series A, with 69 points achieved so far, three above Atlético-MG, which appears in second place and would still have to make up eight goals on balance.
Owner of the best attack in the championship, with an incredible 63 goals scored, Palmeiras also boasts the second best defense with 32 goals conceded.
The team from São Paulo recorded 3 wins, 1 draw and only 1 defeat in the 5 matches played previously and, in this period, showed strength by beating América-MG, Fluminense and also Internacional, in addition to drawing with Fortaleza and losing to Flamengo.
As a visitor, Palmeiras recorded a performance with 6 wins, 7 draws and 5 defeats in the 18 matches played in this condition, totaling 28 goals scored and 20 conceded.
Even without Dudu, Gabriel Menino and Rony, injured, Palmeiras continues to present high level performances, being a tactically very well organized team that has total conditions to stand out in the Mineirão against a Cruzeiro that no longer fights for anything else in the Brasileirão and had a season full of ups and downs.
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