In front of a team in a rhythm of vacations, the Sport fights this Sunday, December 3, for its permanence in Series A of the Brazilian Championship. For the last round of the 2017 season of Brasileirão, will receive champion Corinthians. The match will be held in Ilha do Retiro, in Recife, starting at 5:00 p.m. (Brasília time, 4:00 p.m. local time).
Sport’s recent performance
Too much heat is expected for the match. Not only because of the time difference, but because of the measure taken by the Sport board that reduced the price of tickets and promoted free distribution of tickets for members. All this to try to fill the ‘cauldron’ of Retiro Island.
All this to reverse the disadvantage that will have when entering the field. With 42 points (11 wins, nine draws and 17 losses), Rubro-negro is in seventeenth position, the first in the relegation zone. To get out of this situation, the club does not just depend on its results.
You need to get past Victoria or Coritiba, who have a point of advantage. So, in addition to defeating Corinthians, you need to hope that at least one of the rivals will stumble. The Bahians, at home, will face Flamengo. The Thigh, as a visitor, has Chapecoense ahead.
Satisfied with the victories, by 1 to 0, at home, and by 2 to 1, away, against respectively Bahia and Fluminense, coach Daniel Paulista decided not to make modifications in the starting team. Thus, for the fourth consecutive time the Sport must begin the game with Magrão; Raul Prata, Henríquez, Durval and Sander; Anselmo, Patrick and Diego Souza; Marquinhos, Mena and André.
The current form of Corinthians
If the rival faces the game as a championship final, Corinthians does not care about the match. The team seems to have officially put an end to the 2017 season in a 2-2 draw with Atlético-MG in the previous round. It was when he received the Brazilian champion’s cup for the seventh time after winning the title with three rounds of anticipation.
For some athletes, vacations, in practice, have already begun. Fliers Camacho and Maycon, midfielder Marquinhos Gabriel and striker Clayson did not even travel to Recife. They are suspended for the accumulation of yellow cards and were dismissed in advance.
They were not the only ones. Even before the duel against Rooster, defender Pablo, one of the most important athletes throughout the successful campaign, was disconnected from the group. As he did not renew his commitment, which will expire at the end of December, the club decided to give up his services. The same will happen with left-back Guilherme Arana. Negotiated with Seville, will not act in the capital of Pernambuco.
The number of casualties may increase. Midfielder Jadson complains of pain and can stay out of the match. In addition, the technician Fábio Carille analyzes the possibility of promoting other changes in order to make tactical and technical experiences.
The only one who seems to have motivation for the match is striker J. With 18 goals, he shares the leadership of the Brasileirão’s artillery with Henrique Dourado, from Fluminense. He has the opportunity to isolate himself in the match and get the gold boot of the tournament.
History of the bouts between Sport and Corinthians
Corinthians recently managed to reverse their handicap in the history of duels with Sport at Brasileirão. He has won the last three matches, including a 3-1 win in the first round of the 2017 season, reaching 14 successes. The red-black wins were 12 and the draws happened on eight occasions.
An impressive tactical dedication was the trademark of Corinthians throughout almost the entire Brasileirão dispute. For the game against Sport, it is difficult to imagine that the team will be able to present the same arrangement. So the guess at home owners, much more interested in the game, is the most appropriate. The price for this possibility is 1.55 in Rivalo. Draw pays 4.00 and successful visitor yields 6.00 for 1.