Atletico Goianiense v Oeste – Estádio Antônio Accioly at 23:15
It’s finally the return of the Brazilian Serie B season this weekend after a prolonged break due to the Olympics, with one winner and one loser in last weekends Asian Handicap Betting previews we’ll be aiming to improve that record with two wins this weekend!
On Friday evening we’ll be heading to central Brazil and to the home of Atletico Goianiense who play in their home state of Goiania, it will be Oeste of Sao Paulo that make the six hour journey North to resume their Serie B season.
Atletico GO actually resumed their Serie B campaign on Wednesday evening as they played their game in hand over the rest of the league against Bahia. With Bahia languishing in mid table it was the away side who took the game to the newly relegated side eventually coming away with a credible 1-1 draw following a tidy finish from play maker Jorginho.
This isn’t a game where fans will flock to be in attendance, in fact these two sides possess two of the poorest fan bases in the league. Atletico GO are usually backed by around 1,000 fans on average at their home games while Oeste do well if they attract a 100 fans to their average home game. It’s extremely tough for Oeste to have any kind of successful fan base especially with the amount of quality traditional sides in and around them such as Santos and Corinthians.
Even with their poor fan base it’s been a successful opening half to the season for Oeste as they sit in 12th place and five points above the relegation zone. With many pundits predicting Oeste to finish bottom this campaign, considering they spent the least amount on transfer fees in the summer and they pay the least in the league when it comes to wages, you have to consider survival a huge success.
That could change in the second half of the season however especially with rumours circulating that Vasco da gama are preparing a bid for ex Coritnhians youngster Leo de Melo. Should the ex Mogi Mirim forward leave the club, this will hugely effect Oeste’s season as the forward has scored four goals for them in 19 games as well as getting himself six assists. Should Vasco make a bid it’s expected the Melo will push the move through by refusing to play for Oeste as it would be an opportunity for him to play for one of the biggest sides in the country as well as offering him a significant pay rise.
Whilst on the subject of successful campaigns we have to take a look at Atletico Go. The side were tipped for a mid table finish and maybe a top eight finish if they sorted out their leaky defence from last season. With the addition of some new coaches and a new philosophy put in place by manager Marcelo Cabo it looks likely that Atletico Go could be the real deal this season.
Atletico GO have won seven of their last nine games at home, losing the other two with one of those losses coming against 3rd placed CRB. GO are a tough side to generally beat at home and their defensive record this season in Serie B is second to non having conceded just 15 goals in their nineteen games thus far.
It’s great having Serie B back knowing that we can now choose bets from both Brazilian top flight leagues and with the use of Eastbridge’s soccer betting brokerage we can get on Atletico GO on the Asian Handicap line.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Atletico GO -0.5 at 1.97
Prices correct at the time of writing.
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