Cruzeiro v Santa Cruz – Mineirão at 15:00
After a busy weekend of both European and South American football we’ll be taking a look at the Brazilian Serie A on Sunday afternoon where we have some Asian Handicap betting value.
Whilst the Premier League fixture between West Brom and Middlesbrough is just finishing, over the other side of the world we’ll be taking a look at the relegation battle between Cruzeiro and Santa Cruz in what is certainly a so called “six pointer”
After a blistering start to the campaign in which they sat inside the top four after four fixtures, Santa Cruz have fell like a led balloon and they’re currently four points adrift of 16th placed (safety). A defeat will almost certainly plunge Santa back into the second division, the last time they were relegated from the top flight two successive relegation’s followed leaving the club in Serie C!
Former Wolfsburg and Gremio forward Grafite is Santa’s top goalscorer this campaign with eight goals to his name. Five of those goals came inside the first five games for the former national team forward and he’s found it hard going since then in what could potentially be his last season before calling it a day at the age of 37!
Since falling to defeat away to Santos on July 31st its been an unbeaten month of August for Cruzeiro and they certainly needed it to pull themselves out of relegation danger. Eight points from a possible twelve has pulled Cruzeiro up to 16th place but due to their terrible start they find themselves out of the relegation zone due to only goal difference.
Cruzeiro do possess a record that no team in the division ever wants. They currently have the worst defence in the league having conceded 35 goals in 21 games. They’ve been fairly potent going forward grabbing 28 goals but there’s so much pressure on the forwards to get goals in order for the team to stand a chance of grabbing any points. With just one clean sheet to their name so far this season away side Santa Cruz will fancy their chances of stealing a goal and coming away with a result.
The Asian Handicap market really likes Cruzeiro in this game and if you use Eastbridge’s sports betting brokerage you’ll be able to access the best prices available in the market, with that dreadful Cruzeiro defence you have to think Cruzeiro need to score three in order to cover their Asian Handicap.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Santa Cruz +1.25 at 1.92
Prices correct at the time of writing.
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