Bahia x Atlético-MG – Preview, Prediction and Betting Tips 06/12/2023
Bahia and Atlético-MG face each other on the night of this Wednesday, December 6, 2023, starting at 9:30 pm Brasília time, in a game valid for the 38th and final round of Series A of the Brazilian Championship. The match will be played at Arena Fonte Nova, in the city of Salvador, Bahia.
The Bahian team arrives for this duel with the status of great underdogs, and only victory interests them in the fight to save themselves from relegation to the second division.
However, Tricolor frustrated its fans by suffering two consecutive defeats at the most important moment of the season, facing two teams that were not fighting for anything else in the Brasileirão.
In the meantime, Bahia had the advantage of playing at home against São Paulo and was unable to stand out the way they would have liked in a very balanced match that was decided with a late goal scored by the São Paulo team, winning 1-0 against Tricolor.
In the following round, the Bahian team went to Belo Horizonte to face América-MG, bottom of the championship and already relegated to Series B of the Brasileirão, so it was expected that Tricolor would achieve a positive outcome, however, the defeat by the score and 3-2 for the miners ended up drastically reducing their chances of avoiding relegation, in addition to wasting the opportunity to depend solely on their own strength to do so.
Their only absence for this match is Raul Gustavo, injured, and in the 5 previous matches Bahia had only 1 win, 1 draw and 3 defeats, beating Corinthians and drawing with Athletico-PR, in addition to losing to Cuiabá, for São Paulo and also for América-MG.
Currently, the northeastern club is in 17th place on the Brazilian Championship Series A leaderboard, with 41 points achieved so far, only one less than Vasco, the first team outside the relegation zone to the second national division.
They recorded 7 wins, 5 draws and 6 defeats in the 18 times they entered the field as home team in the competition, totaling 25 goals scored and 20 conceded.
And on the visitors’ side there is the Atlético-MG squad, which in turn still has a remote chance of winning the title, but its main objective in this decisive round is to maintain its place in the direct access zone to the group stage of the Copa Libertadores.
The Atletican team is led by experienced coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and is on a great run in this second round of the Brasileirão, coming off four consecutive victories and an even longer unbeaten streak.
Owner of the best defense in the championship, the black and white team faced São Paulo in the last round and even though they didn’t present a brilliant performance, they did enough to win by a score of 2-1 in Belo Horizonte to continue depending only on themselfs in the fight for the G-4 .
This is because Galo currently occupies second place in the Brasileirão league table, with 66 points achieved so far, having three less than Palmeiras, who leads the competition and for the title to go to Atlético, the team from Minas Gerais would have to root for a Palmeiras defeat and still take an eight-goal deficit.
However, the difference between Botafogo, the first club outside the G-4, is just two points, leaving Atletico fans on alert, as not even a draw would serve to guarantee their direct classification to the group stage of the main club tournament in South American continent.
There were 4 wins, 1 draw and no defeats in the last 5 matches played, beating São Paulo, Flamengo, Grêmio and also Goiás, in addition to drawing with Corinthians.
Acting as a visitor, the Atlético-MG team recorded a performance with 8 wins, 6 draws and 4 defeats in the 18 matches played in this condition, totaling 23 goals scored and 12 conceded.
Undefeated for nine consecutive rounds, Atlético has won seven times in this period and as Bahia has been wasting points on better opportunities, the expectation is that the team from Minas Gerais will be able to show its efficiency again to guarantee a place in the G-4 without depending on any other result.
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