Match Time:6/13/2019 08:00 Thursday(GMT+8)
Osvaldo is suspended at Fortaleza.
Cruzeiro have no relevant injury news ahead of this league match.
Injured/unavailable: Edinho (hip), Diego Tavares (ankle), Ederson (wrist), Wellington Paulista (hamstring)
Injured/unavailable: Luis Orejuela (knee), Raniel (hamstring)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Fortaleza played against Gremio in the league on neutral ground last weekend and returned with a 1-0 defeat. They lost against a team who had a similarly bad record in league action, so it was a tough result to take, with the winning goal arriving in the 90th minute. They also lost Osvaldo to a red card earlier in the second half. The team are now without a win in their last three league matches (one draw, two losses) and have reached five losses in the league overall (two wins, one draw), with relegation now starting to become a serious possibility.
Cruzeiro hosted Corinthians in the league last weekend and ended up with a 0-0 draw, a result which left them disappointed. The team have been struggling of late with two draws and three losses in their last five league matches, and only two league wins overall (two draws, four losses).
These two are in very similar situations in the league, with only one point separating them in the standings. However, Cruzeiro haven’t tasted a league win since early May and have been particularly poor on the road where they have drawn once and lost three times. I have a feeling Fortaleza will clinch a much-needed win here.
SECOND PREDICTION: FIRST TEAM TO SCORE – FORTALEZA
Cruzeiro have conceded in all recent three away league matches and have the second worst defensive record on the road with 11 goals conceded. I think Fortaleza will score the opener here.
HEAD TO HEAD
This will be the first league meeting between these sides in the last 13 years.