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Gremio vs Ponte Preta
Some key info regarding my selection here.
Gremio are still without Fred up front due to injury, also significantly Wallace gremios defensive midfielder has been called up to the copa America squad for Brazil. He's a key player safe guarding their defence.
Two other players have jetted off to play the copa America and there's a few injured players left out currently so gremio boss Roger Machado has a lot of work to do in order to make the best out of a bad situation.
Ponte Preta have no real concerning suspensions or injuries and are likely to name the same side as last weeks win.
In gremios last game they conceded four goals vs palmeiras, a rarity for such a resilient side in gremio but it shows the impact of missing players.
Gremio like long shots, they are clinical when presented with goal scoring opportunities and play the offside trap, however defending against well timed through balls has been an issue for them as well as their ability to close down opponents on dangerous areas. They sometimes seem hesitant to go in for a tackle but most teams respect the side enough to not even attempt it.
Ponte are a side who bombard the opposition with shots, watch later you'll see. They're very technical and creating chances is perhaps their best quality. They tend to be dominated in possession which I believe suits the bet were placing even more tonight.
The both teams to score bet price is stupendously high in my opinion and given that gremio are a bit shaky after shipping four goals in their previous game, they have key players missing and face a ponte side who've just moved into the top half of the table and will look to push on, why not?
It's obviously a risk in Brazilian football but win or lose I cannot ignore the price for it and believe that the bookmakers have overlooked the teams in who will play.
Published 4th June @ 20:35