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Dec 5, 2021 at 7pm UK at Mineirão
Atletico MineiroAtletico Mineiro
4-3
BragantinoBragantino
Keno (20'), Zaracho (52'), Savarino (78'), Hulk (89')
Hulk (90')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Ytalo (39'), Artur (47', 90+10')
Helinho (23'), Artur (44')

Preview: Atletico Mineiro vs. Bragantino - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Brasileiro clash between Atletico Mineiro and Bragantino, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

The newly crowned Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A champions, Atletico Mineiro, will face Bragantino in their final domestic home fixture this year on Sunday from Mineirao.

Galo clinched the title with a dramatic come from behind victory, 3-2 over Bahia, while Braga are winless in their previous four matches in all competitions, falling 1-0 to Juventude at the end of November.


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Atletico Mineiro's Hulk celebrates scoring their first goal on November 28, 2021© Reuters

It took them a half-century to do it, but at long last, Atletico Mineiro have captured the Serie A trophy, their second in club history.

Thousands of loyal fans rejoiced the victory in Belo Horizonte in what has been a magical year as their manager Cuca described it, which seems a fitting term given what they had to do to claim the title, coming back from two goals behind, scoring three within five minutes to come out on top on Friday.

Galo always seem to have an answer for what opposing sides throw at them domestically, and they have shown a strong fighting spirit over their past few league fixtures, going behind four times in their last three games, but claiming seven points.

There are still two matches left to play before they can let their achievement in 2021 sink in, and it has been a special year, to say the last, with Galo losing only 10 games total in a calendar year of 82 matches.

While they have nothing to play for in Serie A at this stage, there is still an opportunity for them to pull off a domestic double for the first time in club history as they will battle Athletico Paranaense in a two-leg final for the Copa do Brasil later this month.

The job in between now and the middle of December will be to stay mentally sharp and focused for the cup final and tighten up defensively, an area that has been uncharacteristically poor for them in recent matches, with the top defensive unit in Brazil (conceding only 27 goals) allowing five goals in their last three games.

Red Bull Bragantino manager Mauricio Barbieri pictured in October 2020© Reuters

A promising campaign in the early going has completely derailed for Bragantino, who have only won one game since the start of November.

Their movement up the field and quality out wide has been a significant trouble spot for them in recent matches, and Mauricio Barbieri seems to be running out of solutions.

It may not look like it right now, but regardless of where this team end up in the table, this season has been a positive step in the right direction for this club, as they advanced to the final of the Copa Sudamericana, and one more point would surpass their total of 53 from a year ago when they came in 10th.

Braga are winless in their last seven road matches if you include their Copa Sudamericana defeat in Montevideo, and they have not scored in four consecutive league games away from home.

What was their strong suit throughout the campaign has turned into an Achilles heel of sorts in recent matches, as they have not been able to find their mark in the final third away from home, only firing five shots on target in their previous three road fixtures.

They are currently in line to be a part of the Copa Libertadores qualifiers next year, although a guaranteed spot in the group stage of that competition is still attainable as well, trailing Corinthians for that position by three points.

Atletico Mineiro Brasileiro form:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W

Bragantino Brasileiro form:
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L

Bragantino form (all competitions):
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • L



Team News

Atletico Mineiro coach Cuca on November 28, 2021© Reuters

Keno scored his first two goals of the year in league play on Thursday, enabling Atletico to clinch the title, while Hulk scored the equaliser versus Bahia from the penalty spot, his league-leading 18th of the campaign.

Everson has allowed five goals in his last three starts in goal but still leads Serie A in clean sheets with 16, two more than Fernando Miguel, Tiago Volpi and Walter.

Cuca made three changes to their starting 11 on Friday with Tche Tche and Nacho Fernandez replacing Jair and Allan in the midfield, with Eduardo Vargas getting the start in attack in place of Diego Costa.

Leo Realpe could be missing some time for Braga as the centre-back has a knee injury, while Fabricio Bruno will have to be careful not to earn another booking which could put him out of the lineup for their final league fixture against Internacional.

Alerrandro, who had five goals in the Braga domestic campaign a season ago, including one versus Atletico, has not found the back of the net in 2021 as he has been overshadowed by the likes of Ytalo, who leads the team with 11 goals this year, while Arthur has nine and leads the way in assists with eight.

Barbieri made one change from their starting lineup on Tuesday compared to the side which began in their draw with America Mineiro, as Emiliano Martinez played as a holding midfielder rather than Helinho.

Atletico Mineiro possible starting lineup:
Everson; Dodo, Alonso, Silva, Mariano; Tche Tche, Fernandez; Nathan, Keno; Hulk, Costa

Bragantino possible starting lineup:
Cleiton; Candido, Ortiz, Bruno, Aderlan; Helinho, Jadsom; Cuello, Praxedes, Arthur; Ytalo


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We say: Atletico Mineiro 1-1 Bragantino

Bragantino have struggled to score goals, especially away from home, but they could be playing Galo at a good time as the Brazilian champions have nothing to play for domestically except for the Copa do Brasil, so they may not push themselves as hard as Bragantino.

Even though Braga have more to play for, they are in a slump and struggling to find many attacking solutions at the moment.



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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atletico Mineiro38266667343384
2FlamengoFlamengo38218969363371
3PalmeirasPalmeiras382061258431566
4FortalezaFortaleza38177144445-158
5Corinthians381512114036457
6BragantinoBragantino381414105546956
7Fluminense38159143838054
8America MineiroAmerica Mineiro381314114137453
9Atletico GoianienseAtletico GO381314113336-353
10SantosSantos381214123540-550
11CearaCeara381117103938150
12InternacionalInternacional381212144442248
13Sao Paulo381115123139-848
14Athletico ParanaenseAthletico PR38138174145-447
15Cuiaba381017113437-347
16JuventudeJuventude381113143644-846
17Gremio38127194451-743
18Bahia381110174251-943
19Sport RecifeSport38911182437-1338
20ChapecoenseChapecoense38112252767-4015

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