Reigning champions Atletico Mineiro will entertain fourth-placed Athletico Paranaense at the Mineirao in the Brazilian Serie A on Sunday.
The hosts are in seventh in the standings, three places behind the visitors, with only two points separating the two teams. Mineiro have faced back-to-back defeats for the first time this season and will look to bounce back here. They suffered a 3-0 defeat to sixth-placed Internacional in their last game. Meanwhile, Paranaense returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Sao Pualo 1-0.
Both teams have a crucial and decisive second leg of the Copa Libertadores coming up in midweek. Mineiro will take on Palmeiras on Wednesday, with the first leg ending in 2-2. Meanwhile, Paranaense will face Estudiantes on Thursday after their first leg ended in goalless.
Atletico Mineiro v Athletico Paranaense Head-to-Head and Key Numbers
- The two teams have met 48 times across competitions since 1996. The fixture has been contested closely between the two sides, with Mineiro leading 22-21 lead in wins, while five games have been drawn.
- Mineiro have won their last six games against Paranaense across competitions, keeping five clean sheets.
- The last seven league meetings between the two teams have produced fewer than 2.5 goals.
- Only Internacional (9), Santos (9) and Sao Paulo (11) have played more draws than Mineiro this season (8).
- Only Palmeiras (12) and Corinthians (11) have more wins than Paranaense (10).
- Mineiro have scored in all but one of their ten league games at home this season, while Paranaense have scored in six of their ten away outings.
Atletico Mineiro v Athletico Paranaense Prediction
Galo have a solid record against Paranaense and are favourites at home. Both teams have continental commitments next week and might prioritise that game by fielding a weakened starting XI here. Nevertheless, considering the recent results between the two teams, Mineiro should come out on top.
Prediction: Atletico Mineiro 2-0 Athletico Paranaense..
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Atletico Mineiro v Athletico Paranaense Betting Tips
Tip 1: Result - Mineiro.
Tip 2: Goals - Over/under 2.5 goals - Under 2.5.
Tip 3: At least a goal to be scored in the second half - Yes.
Tip 4: Yellow cards - Over/under 2.5 yellow cards - Over 2.5.