Ceara vs Athletico Paranaese preview: An open and exciting game is on the cards as both sides fight for the points at stake.
Ceara is winless in seven of their former eight matches on the road, but they possess a 100% unbeaten record at home. Ceara has also scored in each of their last 5 home games, plunging home an average of 1.4 goals a game in the process.
Ceara and Athletico Paranaese meet for their Brazilian Serie A clash at Castelao on Sunday, 1 December (kick-off time 6.00 am).
As one of the weaker squads in Serie A on paper, Ceara’s main goal is to retain their top-flight status, but it remains to be seen whether they will succeed. They had struggled heavily over the course of the season, with only 37 points after 35 games. With 3 games remaining, they desperately need some good results. After a 4-1 defeat at champions Flamengo in midweek, manager Adilson Batista was sacked and morale in the Ceara camp is low, but hope can be drawn based on recent showings in front of the home crowd. Ceara is unbeaten in 5 home matches with 3 wins and they have been strong at home all season. Their weakness is typically in the away games and as such, their prospects can be considered fairly bright going into the next game.
Ceara possible lineup: D. Silva, L. Otavio, S. Xavier, T. Alves, E. Brock, T. Galhardo, G. Galhardo, W. Oliveira, J. Quixada, L. Carvalho, W. Popp.
Athletico Paranaese News
Athletico Paranaese is showing no signs of slowing down despite having nothing to play for. They are already assured of their place in next season’s Copa Libertadores after winning the Brazilian Cup earlier on in the year but they still look set for a strong finish. Athletico are unbeaten in 10 matches, winning 7 times in the process
Athletico Paranaese possible lineup: Santos, Madson, Adriano, Guimaraes, Pereira, Henrique, Cirino, Ruben, Anderson, Rony.
Ceara and Athletico Paranaese Head-to-Head
In their last meet in September 2019, Athletico Paranaese won 1-0 at home.
Fans can expect an exciting watch between the two teams that typically play in fairly open manners. Athletico Paranaese is the stronger of the two but Ceara is no walkover when they play at home. In desperate need of the points, Ceara will ensure it’s a competitive game. That said, pick the game to draw with both sides to score.