Atletico Goianiense taking on Fortaleza. The match will take place at Estadio Antonio Accioly in Goiania on Monday, July 18.
Goianiense has very modest goals for this season. A decade and a quarter ago, the “Dragon”, who played in the third division of the country, rose to the top at the end 2008 season. Although they were able to pass Serie B quickly, they couldn’t remain in Brasileirao long. They only managed to stay for 1, 2017, and then they went “one floor lower” for a while. Atletico Goianiense was able to climb to 9th in Serie A last season. It didn’t work at this level. Yes, it was possible in the Copa Sudamericana to reach the 1/4 finals – the team won 0-2 at Asuncion and then beat Olimpia by penalties. They also lost to Santos and Sao Paulo in the championship, which led them to be relegated.
Forteza is currently the worst club of Serie A. The Trinity of Steel is very similar to their next opponent. In recent years, the team has only played in the top Brazilian division sporadically. They also bragged about not being in the 3rd league in Brazil between 2010 and 2017. However, 2021 was a huge success. The club managed to climb to an unattainable fourth place. It is not easy to stay on top of such a high peak. It didn’t turn out to be a good idea. They played in Copa Libertadores and even lost the group, but they still made it to the playoffs to Estudiantes. This is not a complete defeat compared to the failure in the domestic championship. With 11 points from 16 matches, Fortaleza remains in last place on the table. They managed to survive the final round 0-0 against Palmeiras.
Everything went pretty much the same in the Brasileirao draws. Atletico Goianiense won 4 out of 6 points. Even at their peak last year, Fortaleza couldn’t beat this opponent. We bet on Atletico Goianiense winning.
Prediction: Atletico Goianiense will win.