Santos x Fortaleza – Preview, Prediction and Betting Tips 06/12/2023
Santos and Fortaleza meet at the Vila Belmiro stadium, in the city of Santos, in a game valid 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.
Still in a fierce dispute against the relegation zone to the second division, which would be something unprecedented in the history of the Santos club, Santos arrives with the status of favorite on betting sites and needs to win to guarantee its permanence in the national elite without depending on no other results in the round.
However, the team from São Paulo has not won for four consecutive rounds and needs to show significant improvement in its competitive level to find its way back to victories against Fortaleza, this Wednesday.
Their most recent duel was a crushing defeat to Athletico-PR, in Curitiba, by the score of 3-0, in a duel that followed the setback of the same score against Fluminense, when they played at Vila Belmiro and frustrated their fans with yet another performance quite questionable.
The team reached eight consecutive rounds without losing and, therefore, the two recent setbacks by the same score of 3-0 turned on the warning signal in the club again, knowing that only victory interests it in the fight for survival.
Only 1 victory, 2 draws and 2 defeats were recorded in the last 5 official matches of the season, beating Goiás, drawing with São Paulo and Botafogo, in addition to losing to Athletico-PR and also to Fluminense.
The club is currently in 15th place on the Brazilian Championship Series A table, with 43 points achieved so far, two above Bahia, which opens the competition’s relegation zone.
Furthermore, due to the poor campaign in the Brasileirão, Santos has already disappointed by ruining its chances of competing in the Copa do Brasil and Copa Sudamericana next season.
Playing as home team, at the Vila Belmiro stadium, the Santos team recorded a performance with 6 wins, 7 draws and 5 defeats in the 18 times it entered the field for the Brasileirão in Santos territory, totaling 25 goals scored and 26 conceded.
On the other side is the Fortaleza squad, which in turn has two consecutive victories that served to confirm its place in the next edition of the Copa Sudamericana and say goodbye to its fans in style last Saturday, when they hosted Goiás at Arena Castelão.
On that occasion, Leão do Pici, led by coach Juan Pablo Vojvoda, came out on top by winning by the minimum score of 1-0 and in a match that also followed the beautiful 2-1 victory away from home against Red Bull Bragantino.
In a remarkable season for reaching the grand final of the South American Championship, Fortaleza will try to score a third consecutive victory in this final stretch of the Brasileirão to leave a good impression in the championship after registering ten consecutive rounds without winning.
At the moment, the Tricolor club is in tenth place in the Brasileirão, with 51 points achieved so far, with its place in the South American Championship already assured and with no chance of reaching the Copa Libertadores access zone.
In the 5 previous duels there were 2 wins, 2 draws and only 1 defeat, beating Goiás and Red Bull Bragantino, drawing with Palmeiras and also with Botafogo, in addition to losing to Cruzeiro.
Acting as a visitor, the Fortaleza team recorded a recent campaign with 3 wins, 2 draws and 5 defeats in the last 10 matches played.
Even though they have had consecutive victories, Fortaleza no longer has any ambition for this decisive round and will have the disadvantage of playing away from home against a team desperate for victory, as is the case with Santos.
After all, Peixe needs to win to guarantee its permanence in the national elite without depending on any other result and it was precisely playing at home that the team gained 25 of its 43 points in the table.
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