Atletico Mineiro take on the visitors Avai in the round 8 match of Brazilian Serie A. The match will be played on Monday, May 30th at Mineirão (Belo Horizonte).
Atlético Mineiro finally won the title again last year
The hosts, with all their fame, had previously won the local national championship exactly half a century ago, in 1971. Moreover, often in recent years there have been rather mediocre results. And suddenly – a jump to 1st place! Of course, the Hulk also helped that he returned to his homeland and showed an excellent form. The striker is still good, and was able to secure ahead of schedule a passage to the playoffs of the Copa Libertadores. Yes, and in the framework of Serie A, so far the results are worthy: 3 wins and only 1 defeat in 7 fights and 12 points. Only Corinthians has more, which is the sole leader with 14 points.
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Avai, starting 2009, were able to rise to Serie A for the 5th time. Moreover, 3 previous attempts, in 2015, 2017 and 2019, ended with a departure from Brasileirao. Given that the team finished only 4th in Serie B last year, forecasts for its performance in the elite were extremely restrained, not to say skeptical. But at the same time, the visitors have worthy to start in the “elite”. The wards of Eduardo Barruca started with a victory at home over America Mineiro, and then, after the defeat of Corinthians, 7 out of 9 possible points were taken in games with Goias, Internacional and Curitiba. And only in the second half of May, it seems, a new decline began. Avai lost at home to Juventuda 1-2, after which the club lost to Atlético Paranaense with the same score. Because of this, Avai rolled back to the middle of the table, to 10th place. However, in Florianopolis they would obviously not mind ending up like this.
In 2019, when Avai was last promoted to Serie A, he was able to trade home wins with Atlético Mineiro. Avai seems to have lost his courage, while Atlético Mineiro is really good. We recommend betting that the Hulk and the company will win with a handicap of «-1.5 goals».