Expecting to have a ‘packet’ of ten reinforcements, Goiás faces Fortaleza this Wednesday, August 19th, fulfilling a commitment for the fourth round of the Brasileirão 2020.
The match will take place at the Hailé Pinheiro stadium, in Goiânia. The start is scheduled for 8:30 pm (Brasília time).
Although there was a movement in an attempt to change the regulation of the Brasileirão, the system of points scored, implemented in 2003, ended up prevailing for season 2020.
In this way, the teams will face each other in round-trip games for 38 rounds and, in the In the end, whoever has the most points gets the trophy.
The vast distribution of seats in international tournaments has also been retained. The first four places win a place in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores 2021.
Whoever is in fifth or sixth position can also get there. However, before you have to go through the elimination phase.
The classification zone for the next edition of the Copa Sudamericana extends from the seventh to the twelfth place.
The last four will be relegated to Serie B.
Coach Ney Franco eagerly awaits the green light from the medical department for the release of the ten athletes who tested positive for Covid-19 in the first round of tests at the Emerald Club.
It was this block of exams that caused the club’s debut game in the 2020 season of the Brazilian Championship against São Paulo, on August 9, to be postponed.
In this group are goalkeeper Tadeu, defenders David Duarte and Lucão, left-back Jefferson, midfielders Sandro, Gilberto and Ratinho, midfielder Keko and strikers Mike and Kevin Quevedo.
They have already fulfilled the expected quarantine time and should be available for the confrontation with the tricolor of Ceará.
Thus, there would be ‘only’ five absences of athletes who had their positive tests performed a little later.
Even with all these problems, Goiás was not ashamed in the two games that it played practically with a catadão.
He was defeated, in the second round, by 2 to 1, by Athletico Paranaense, in Curitiba, and on Saturday, August 15, he won his first point in the tournament by drawing, 1 to 1, with Palmeiras, in São Paulo.
There are still two doubts. Striker Rafael Moura, He-Man, another who was in the group unable to play due to Covid-19, now has another problem. Used medication listed on the banned doping list.
Thus, there are doubts as to whether or not it can be used. Defender Lucão, with muscle pain, still depends on a new evaluation.
He beat despair in coach Rogério Ceni. It was what can be seen in the interview in which the coach revealed to have crossed more than 300 balls for his attackers to train submission in a single training.
The reason for this intensification of the practice is the fact that the team has not scored a goal in the last five matches that they played.
The first two were for the Copa do Nordeste. Against Sport, in the quarterfinals, the lack of aim had no major consequences since the tricolor won the penalty shootout and advanced in the dispute.
However, the problem began to be seen with different eyes after the defeat, by 1 to 0, in the semifinals, in the face of his main rival, Ceará, who ended up taking the title of the Lampions League 2020.
In the Brasileirão, the situation was complicated by the defeats to Athletico Paranaense (2-0, at home) and São Paulo (1-0, away).
On Sunday, August 16, at least the defense was not leaked, which guaranteed the first point in goalless equality with Botafogo.
However, it is still little. In Serie A, Fortaleza finished 34 times. Blunt, only seven of those balls were on target.
Football Prediction of the Day Goias vs Fortaleza
Even with the return of practically an entire team, it is unlikely that the athletes from Goiás are in the best of their physical shape.
After all, in quarantine, they could not do the necessary training. Fortaleza, under pressure, clearly showed greater defensive concerns in the last game.
Thus, the prognosis in the tie seems to be a good guess for this Wednesday’s meeting for the fourth round of the Brasileirão 2020.