Match Time: 7/15/2019 03:00 Monday (GMT+8)
During last month Athletico sold left back Renan Lodi to Atletico Madrid in what was their biggest transference ever, and the player already moved to Spain.On the other side of the field, Internacional will count with center forward Paolo Guerrero who is back and ready to play after being one of the top goalscorers of the Copa America.
Injured/unavailable: Zeca (thigh)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Athletico Paranaense are one of the strongest hosts in Brazilian football at the point of making some critics claim that they are this good in their stadium only because they use synthetic grass instead of the natural one, which makes the ball run faster than it usually does, always causing trouble for the away side, and the fact that they won three of their four games at home in the league this year, keeping a clean sheet in two of them, shows how strong they are in front of their fans.
Internacional are traditionally good when playing in their stadium as well, but this season they have been dreadful in their away league matches and are still looking for the first win. They have been so poor when playing out of their hometown of Porto Alegre that they scored only once in the four away games they had to play in the league until now.
The fact that Guerrero was one of the top goalscorers in the continental nations cup gives them morale, but nothing has changed in their squad in the past month and their offensive form as visitors is likely to stay the same. That way, Athletico will get the three points with a home win.
SECOND PREDICTION: HILO - LOW
As said before, Atheltico Paranaense’s defensive numbers in their league matches as hosts have been fairly good, but even more important than that is the fact that Internacional are one of the weakest visitors in the Brasileiro, offering almost no threat at all, and with that this match will not have too many goals.
HEAD TO HEAD
In the history of this bout it’s extremely unusual to see whoever is playing away win a game. The most recent of them was five years ago, when Inter beat Athletico 1-0.