Atletico Paranaense takes on the visitors Avai in the round 7 match of Brazilian Serie A. The match will be played on Monday, May 23rd at Arena da Baixada (Curitiba).
Atlético Paranaense played poorly in the domestic arena last season. Then a modest 14th place was taken in the final table of Brasileirao. But at the same time, all this was more than compensated for by winning the Copa Sudamericana, only the second in history. Also, «Hurricane» went to the final of the Cup of the country, but there, however, was defeated. Now, in general, it also seems that the priorities have not changed. It was successful to start in the cup, but there the opponent was very weak. The Brazilians had a hard start in the Cope Libertadores. As a result, a return from 3rd place to the Copa Sudamericana is quite likely. But at the same time, in the national Serie A, the club has so far been more disappointing losing 4 out of 6 first fights. Atlético Paranaense does not succeed on the road. At home, losing only to the champion, Atlético Mineiro 0-1, then the red-blacks still defeated both Flamengo and Ceara with clean sheets. This allows them to stay at least above the relegation zone.
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Avai will celebrate its th anniversary next year. But for all this time there are achievements only at the level of the native state of Santa Clara – 18 championship titles, including in the last draw. And so, even at the level of the Copa Sudamericana, the «island lions» played only 1 time. Most of the last years the team spent in Serie B. And, having risen higher, as a rule, they were immediately relegated. In 2021, the team finished 4th in the 2nd division of the country. This was enough for another promotion to the elite, but the prospects for a newcomer with a reputation as a “football elevator” looked habitually negative. But so far, Avai is showing good results there: 10 points have already been collected, which allows them to stay among the division leaders. However, even here there is a clear bias depending on the venue of the games. At home, the Island Lions won 3 out of 4 matches. But on the road they lost to Corinthians and played 0-0 with Internacional.
Avai had 4 head-to-heads in a row without defeat, including a draw in the cup last summer. But there, in the second leg, Atlético Paranaense finally won at home. Bookmakers are waiting for the victory of Atlético Paranaense. But, given the fact that this team scores little, and Avai is weak on the road, the “passing” option looks like “total under 2.5 goals”