Match Time：10/10/2019 08:00 Thursday (GMT+8)
Striker Luciano will return for Gremio this weekend, which is great news for them, because forward Everton will miss the match after getting called to play for Brazil. That’s the same reason keeping midfielder Matheus Henrique out.
Meanwhile, Ceara have the same three injured players from last round, so we shouldn’t expect too many changes from them.
Injured/unavailable: Everton (international), Felipe Vizeu (knee), Jean Pyerre (thigh), Leonardo (knee), Marcelo Oliveira (knee), Matheus Henrique (international)
Injured/unavailable: Joao Paulo (leg), Luiz Otavio (ankle), Richard (knee)
MAIN PREDICTION: HOME WIN
Gremio failed to get through Corinthians’ good defense last weekend, when they hosted a match that ended goalless even though they didn’t rest most of their players after having to play against Flamengo a week ago in the continental cup and now they will miss two of their best names.
Luckily for them, Ceara are living a dreadful moment in the league having failed to win their last nine matches after last weekend’s 1-0 loss at home against Goias, and because of that they arrived at this round placed only one point above the relegation zone after a great start of the Brasileiro.
To make things even worse for the visitors, Gremio lost only two of their home matches in the league this year – the first two ones they played at their stadium – even though they have been using reserve players in most of them, and with such a strong form at home, they will beat Ceara too.
SECOND PREDICTION: HILO - HIGH
The three matches Gremio played at home right before the goalless draw they had last weekend ended with high scores – which means three or more goals –, and against a team that conceded in all their away matches in the Brasileiro, Gremio will lead this game to another high score.
HEAD TO HEAD
After three unbeaten games against Ceara, Gremio lost to them in their encounter earlier this year, when Ceara were the hosts and left with the 2-1 home win.