Atletico Mineiro to keep leading with a win against a weakened Santos side
The list of absences isn’t that small for Santos. They have three players with the national team in London, three injured players and center back Durval suspended after getting three yellow cards.
A meeting of two teams that are not used to living the moment. So is the duel between Atletico-MG, which ended the last five rounds as leader of the Brazilian Championship of 2012, and Santos, who is still trying to recover in the competition since its elimination in the Copa Libertadores. The alvinegros face off on Thursday at 21h (GMT) at the Independence Stadium in Belo Horizonte.
The Saints before being eliminated by Corinthians in the Libertadores Cup, had been considered the best team in the country. But the fish go to Belo Horizonte without double Neymar and Goose, which serve the Brazilian national team that will compete in the Olympics in London, also with the first game on Thursday. With one win and seven goals after 11 rounds, the Alvinegro Sao Paulo is just one point ahead of the relegation zone in 15th place, and a bitter series of three games without a win. In the last round, losing to Vasco by 2-0, in Rio de Janeiro.
Atlético-MG: Roosters have only one change from the team that thrashed the Sport, by 4-1 at Ilha do Retiro. The steering wheel replaces Sergio Leandro Donizete suspended. Roosters to face the fish will be formed by
Victor, Mark Richardson, Rafael Marques, review and Junior Cesar, Pierre, Serginho, Bernard, Ronaldinho and Danilinho, Joe.
Santos: Fish should go out with at least a novelty in relation to the team that lost to Vasco in San Gennaro. In central defense, David Braz – who has not played since the first round of the Brasileirão – is the favorite for the position of Durval suspended. In the attack, there is an expectation by the debut of Bill, already regularized Newsletter Daily (IDB) of the CBF. Even without making tactical activities with the rest of the group, Bill dispute with Dimba vague to act alongside Miralles. Thus, the team will likely:
Spider; Peres Bruno, Bruno Rodrigo, David and Leo Braz, Adriano, Arouca, Henry and Philip Anderson, and Bill Miralles (Dimba).
Atlético-MG: coach Cuca will be without striker Berola Neto, in the final stages of recovery from stress fracture in the basin. Bulgar wheat with a shoulder problem, is also in the Medical Department. Since the wheel is suspended by Leandro Donizete third yellow card.
Santos: beyond the suspension and double Durval Neymar and Paul Henry Goose, who is with the Olympic Team in London, the team of Santos has no available goalkeeper Rafael (right elbow injury, just cut off the Olympics), defender Edu Dracena (rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee), Rafael Gallardo (left foot injury) and Fucile (again having pain in his left foot and will be operated). Another who is still out half Bernardo, who is recovering from injury in his right leg, but is already training with the ball. The newly hired Pato Rodriguez, who led a stomp in practice on Tuesday and was at the gym club during practice Wednesday, has not yet appeared in the IDB.