On a Thursday, July 30, with a triple round in the match schedule for the return journey of the quarterfinals of the Santa Catarina Championship, the ball will roll first to Marcílio Dias and Criciúma at the Hercílio Luiz stadium, Gigantão das Avenidas, in Itajaí.
The start of the duel is scheduled for 16h (Brasília time).
In the first match, held on July 8, before the two postponements of the schedule, there was a goalless draw.
Thus, the teams continue on an equal footing. Whoever wins advances to face the winner of Avaí and Chapecoense in the semifinals.
In the case of new equality, the definition will be made through penalty kicks.
Acting at his rival’s home, Marcílio Dias decided not to take risks in the first game. He set up a defensive system where not conceding a goal was the number one priority.
You have reached your goal. His defense was not leaked.
However, offensively, it barely produced. There were only five attempts at finishing, none of which went towards the opposing goal.
In isolation, it could be understood only as a specific deficiency by a game strategy.
However, Marcílio Dias’s drop in income had been happening even before the tournament’s stoppage of more than four months.
The team has not won in four games (three draws and one defeat).
He ended the qualifying phase in fourth place with 15 points (four wins, three draws, and two losses).
As principal, he was the best in the state in his first stage.
Of the 15 points, he played as a column one won 13 (four wins and one draw) having scored six goals and conceded two.
Marcílio Dias is preparing, in addition to the decisive stage of the state, to participate in Series D of the Brazilian Championship.
It is scheduled to debut on August 20. He will face Pelotas, from the Rio Grande do Sul.
Criciúma tried to be more incisive in the first game, although without exaggeration.
It produced six finishing opportunities, sent half of them in the right direction, but failed to leak Marcílio Dias’ goalkeeper.
In the return game, he may adopt the same strategy that the rival had in Heriberto Hulse.
Tigre closed its participation in the first phase in the fifth place of the classification table.
He collected 13 points (three wins, four draws, and two losses).
As a visitor, he presented the fourth-best campaign.
Of the 12 points he played as a column two he won seven (two wins, one draw, and one defeat) having scored five goals and conceded four.
Relegated last year to Serie C of the Brazilian Championship, Criciúma will have a club from Paraná and a former Second Division companion as a rival in the first round.
He will face Londrina, at his rival’s home, in a duel scheduled for August 10.
Football Prediction of the Day Marcílio Dias vs Criciúma
Caution must be the hallmark of the strategy of the two teams for the confrontation.
Thus, the prognosis for equality between Marcílio Dias and Criciúma seems to be the best guess for this Thursday’s meeting on the return journey of the quarterfinals of the 2020 edition of the Catarinense Championship.
Bet Tips: Marcilio Dias