S
SEARCH
M
SW
Collect News Data
Dec 4, 2021 at 12am UK
FortalezaFortaleza
1-0
JuventudeJuventude
Depietri (82')
Robson (45'), Crispim (50')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Preview: Fortaleza vs. Juventude - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Fortaleza vs. Juventude - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Brasileiro clash between Fortaleza and Juventude, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Sports Mole

After climbing out of the relegation zone, Juventude will travel to Casteleao on Friday for a date with Fortaleza in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A.

Leao do Pici are clinging to sixth place in the table despite losing their previous match 2-0 to Santos, while Juve put on a brilliant defensive performance to shut out Bragantino 1-0.


Match preview

An impressive run of results in the summer continues to be the saving grace for Fortaleza, who are lacking consistency, but it has not impacted their standing all that much.

Last Thursday, they were shut down by Santos, who did a great job of cutting off the passing lanes in the middle of the field and did not allow Clube da Garotada to get into many favourable shooting positions, limiting them to two targeted efforts.

From the beginning of June until the end of August, Fortaleza lost only three of their 17 league matches, a sharp contrast from their form since the fall as they have dropped 10 of their last 17 Serie A contests, only coming away victorious on six occasions.

Even though their play has been relatively up and down in recent matches, it seems like they made a coaching change at the right time, as we saw this team play above their level and earn results when Juan Pablo Vojvoda arrived in the summer, something which is quite common when a new boss takes over initially.

They are a team that like to press and play very aggressively, but in doing so, they can leave themselves vulnerable in transition, conceding the fifth-most goals in the league (43) at the moment.

When an opportunity presents itself, particularly this late in a season, you have to make the most of it, and that is what Juventude were able to do on Tuesday, winning for a second successive time at home to move above Bahia, who lost to Atletico Goianiense over the weekend.

With their destiny now in their hands, Jair Ventura should have a simple message to his team, win, that is in reality all that they need to do from here on out.

Three matches remain, so winning is imperative if they are to maintain their spot in the top flight (currently 14th) for a second successive campaign, which of course will be easier said than done.

On Tuesday, they looked like a desperate team who needed a result badly, which is true as they were behind the relegation line heading into that fixture.

When they are aggressive, moving up the field quickly in transition and running at opposing defences, they can be very effective, and they did a lot of that well in their previous match as Bragantino fouled them 25 times.

Fortaleza Brasileiro form:
  • L
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L

Juventude Brasileiro form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • W



Team News

There was only one change made to the Fortaleza starting 11 in their defeat to Santos from the side who began their match versus Palmeiras as Ederson was inserted as a central midfielder rather than Jussa.

In their previous meeting versus Juve back in August, Leao do Pici got off to a great start thanks to a goal from Marcelo Benevenuto, who has four for his club, putting him one back of David for third on the team, while Lucas Crispim collected an assist on that goal and has been a superb provider as an attacking midfielder with seven assists on the year, as he is currently the joint team leader along with Yago Pikachu in that category and is tied for third in the league, alongside Edenilson, Hulk and David Terans.

Ricardo Bueno notched the equaliser for Juve in the second half of that encounter earlier this year, and he was the hero on Tuesday, scoring his seventh of the campaign, as he drew even with Matheus Peixoto for the team lead, though Peixoto will no longer be contributing as he transferred a while ago to Metalist Kharkiv.

Michel Macedo has been a valuable member of this team, as the defender on loan from Corinthians assisted on their winning goal earlier this week, his third of the year second only to Guilherme Castilho, who is also on loan from Atletico Mineiro.

Fortaleza possible starting lineup:
Boeck; Titi, Benevenuto, Tinga; Melo, Edinho, Ederson, Pikachu; Vargas; David, Robson

Juventude possible starting lineup:
Friedrich; Macedo, Mendes, Forster, Matheus; Jadson, Ricardinho, Castilho, Capixaba; Wescley, Bueno


We say: Fortaleza 1-1 Juventude

Juve have only won one of their last 10 road fixtures in Serie A, but we anticipate that they will be able to come away with a point in this one because they need this game a lot more than their opponents do, so we expect more urgency on their part.

Fortaleza seem pretty content with their place in the standings as they have not appeared too interested in climbing up the table, but at the same time they have some outstanding individuals who can carry their team, and we expect that to be the case in this one.



Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data



body check tags ::

Previews by email

Click here to get Sports Mole's daily email of previews and predictions for every major game!


amp_article__471579 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2021-12-01 12:16:25:
html db last update - 2021-12-01 01:40:07 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html
Read more!

This page is available in multiple languages
Share this article now:

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Match previews - Daily
Transfer Talk Daily
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Brasileiro Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atletico Mineiro38266667343384
2FlamengoFlamengo38218969363371
3PalmeirasPalmeiras382061258431566
4FortalezaFortaleza38177144445-158
5Corinthians381512114036457
6BragantinoBragantino381414105546956
7Fluminense38159143838054
8America MineiroAmerica Mineiro381314114137453
9Atletico GoianienseAtletico GO381314113336-353
10SantosSantos381214123540-550
11CearaCeara381117103938150
12InternacionalInternacional381212144442248
13Sao Paulo381115123139-848
14Athletico ParanaenseAthletico PR38138174145-447
15Cuiaba381017113437-347
16JuventudeJuventude381113143644-846
17Gremio38127194451-743
18Bahia381110174251-943
19Sport RecifeSport38911182437-1338
20ChapecoenseChapecoense38112252767-4015
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Match previews - Daily
Transfer Talk Daily
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City22182254134156
2Liverpool21136255183745
3Chelsea22127345172843
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham22114741301137
5Arsenal2011273325835
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs1810352320333
7Manchester UnitedMan Utd209563229332
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves209471715231
9Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2061042121028
10Leicester CityLeicester187473133-225
11Crystal Palace215973031-124
12Southampton215972533-824
13Aston Villa2072112732-523
14Brentford2165102433-923
15Leeds UnitedLeeds205782439-1522
16Everton1954102434-1019
17Watford1942132337-1414
18Norwich CityNorwich2134141045-3513
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2019102043-2312
20Burnley171881627-1111
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .