When they welcome Brasilieiro Serie A champions Palmeiras to the Castelao on Sunday, bottom-dwelling Fortaleza will be trying to increase their chances of surviving.
The home team has gone undefeated in each of its past five games across all competitions, while the away team has only lost one of their few games.
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Fortaleza’s first Copa Libertadores campaign came to an end on Friday when they were defeated 3-0 away to Argentine team Estudiantes in their last-16 match, losing 4-1 overall.
After Yago Pikachu, the top player for Fortaleza, was sent off in the ninth minute, Manuel Castro scored the game’s first goal for Estudiantes. The hosts went on to add two more goals in the second half.
The team of Juan Pablo Vojvoda will now return to the Brasilieiro Serie A, where they now occupy the bottom spot and are seven points away from safety. They have lost all four of their recent games in all competitions.
Although the matchup between The Lion of the Pici and Palmeiras will be difficult, their recent results against the Brazilian powerhouses augur well for them going into the matchup on Sunday.
Fortaleza has defeated the Verdao in three of their last four league meetings, and they also defeated them twice in the previous campaign, winning 3-2 on the road in August of the previous year and narrowly winning 1-0 at home three months later.
Only seven points have been earned by Vojvoda’s team from their eight home games thus far, which is tied for the second-lowest total in the division. However, five of those points have come from their last three home games, where they drew with Goias and Athletico Paranaense before defeating America Mineiro.
Palmeiras, the Brasilieiro Serie A champions multiple times lost to Athletico Paranaense at home last weekend, ending their 13-game unbeaten league streak.
The hosts, who had 35 efforts on goal but failed to score, were defeated in just their second league game of the season by goals from Vitor Roque and Vitor Bueno each side of halftime.
Abel Ferreira’s team has lost five points in their last two league games and has seen their lead at the top reduced to just two points by Paranaense in second and Atletico Mineiro in third. This comes after they drew away at Avai in their previous Brasileiro Serie A fixture.
Following their Wednesday 5-0 home victory over Cerro Porteno in the second leg of their Copa Liberatores last-16 match, Palmeiras managed to put their domestic slump behind them and improve to overall.
The Verdao, who have won four and drawn three of their seven league games on the road, are the only top-flight team to remain unbeaten away from home this season going into Sunday’s matchup with Fortaleza.
With three straight league matches against opponents in the lower part of the standings, Ferreira’s team should be confident of earning all three points and establishing another impressive run of form in the upcoming weeks.
Fortaleza, the league’s bottom-ranked team, will be attempting to pull off another upset this weekend against table-toppers Palmeiras, who are clearly the heavy favorites to win. Fortaleza has caused a number of issues in prior meetings.
However, the visitors should have more than enough firepower to defeat their rivals and earn all possible points.