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Oct 17, 2021 at 8pm UK at Arena da Baixada
Athletico PRAthletico Paranaense
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Preview: Athletico Paranaense vs. Fluminense - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Brasileiro clash between Athletico Paranaense and Fluminense, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two sides separated by a single point in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A standings will face each other on Sunday as Fluminense head to Arena da Baixada in Curitiba to play Athletico Paranaense.

On Wednesday, Furacao moved into eighth place, despite drawing Chapecoense 1-1, as they got some help from Corinthians, who defeated Flu 1-0, dropping Tricolor down to ninth.


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Athletico Paranaense's Pedro Rocha celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates on October 1, 2021© Reuters

It appears that Paranaense have lost their focus since advancing to the final of the Copa Sudamericana, winning only one of their four Serie A matches after defeating Penarol 2-0 at the end of September.

They narrowly avoided another defeat this week, conceding just before the hour mark to the last-place side Chape, before equalising in the 89th minute.

In his three matches in charge, Alberto Valentim has seen his team produce a mixture of good and bad performances, as the former Paranaense right-back won his first game at the helm over Goianiense 2-0, before losing to Bahia by the same score and then coming back to win a single point in their last game earlier this week.

In their previous two fixtures, their midfield have made it far too easy for their opponents to break in between the lines, conceding numerous high-quality scoring opportunities.

Despite being shut out in their last home game against Bahia, this team have been pretty sharp in front of goal on home soil, scoring eight times in their previous three matches played at Arena de Baixada in all competitions.

They have an opportunity to capture two trophies in a season for the first time in their history, so it will be interesting to see how they approach this game with the first leg of their semi-final clash against Flamengo in the Copa do Brasil scheduled for next Wednesday.

Fluminense's Gabriel Teixeira celebrates scoring their first goal with Nene on June 6, 2021© Reuters

Paranaense are not the only side struggling to win points in the league this month, as Flu have yet to find the back of the net in their three matches played in October.

Marcao suffered his second defeat in league play as his side conceded only one shot on target, but it was all Corinthians would need to come away with the victory.

They seem to have gotten a little ahead of themselves in recent weeks after feeling pretty good about their game when they edged Bragantino at the end of September, 2-1.

Defensively this team have conceded no more than three shots on target in their previous two matches, but as has been the case throughout the year, they often lack that creativity to produce a lot of quality chances themselves.

In their first meeting with El Paranaense, Fluminense were caught in transition on several occasions as they squandered an early one-goal lead, falling 4-1.

Like their opponents, this is a complicated side to dissect because Flu are capable of producing results against the likes of Atletico Mineiro and Bragantino but then will struggle against other sides who are near them or below them in the table.

Athletico Paranaense Brasileiro form:
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D

Athletico Paranaense form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D

Fluminense Brasileiro form:
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L

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



Team News

Athletico Paranaense's Vitinho celebrates scoring their third goal on May 28, 2021© Reuters

Christian rescued a point for Paranaense on Wednesday with a late goal, his first of the season, thanks to a nice set-up from fellow substitute Khellven, who collected his second assist of the year on that play.

David Terans has five goals and seven assists since joining them from Penarol earlier this season, while his strike partners this week, Renato Kayzer and Nikao, have chipped in with four and three goals, respectively.

Matheus Babi continues to recover from cruciate ligament surgery, while Abner replaced Nicolas in midfield on Wednesday, Leo Cittadini started in place of Erick and Kayzer played as a central striker rather than Guilherme Bissoli, who began as the lone man in attack versus Bahia.

Fred has five goals for Flu versus Paranaense in his career, including the only goal in their previous meeting against them this year, but he only has three in the league so far in 2021, putting him in second on the team, tied with Raul Bobadilla and Lucca.

Luccas Claro could be back in the starting 11 after missing their previous match with a yellow card suspension, which means that David Braz could be the odd man out after he played the full 90 minutes in central defence on Wednesday, alongside Danilo Barcelos, Nino and Samuel Xavier.

Muriel, Ganso, Juan Cazares, Gabriel Teixeira and Hudson could all miss this game for Flu because of injuries.

Athletico Paranaense possible starting lineup:
Santos; Pedrinho, Heleno, P. Henrique, Khellven; Christian, Cittadini, Richard; Terans, Bissoli, Nikao

Fluminense possible starting lineup:
Felipe; Barcelos, Claro, Nino, Xavier; Wellington, Andre, Martinelli; L. Henrique, Kennedy, Paulista


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We say: Athletico Paranaense 2-0 Fluminense

Lately, this matchup has produced a lot of goals, with nine between both sides in their past two fixtures, five from Paranaense.

These teams are close to each other in the table at the moment, but Athletico have been a lot sharper in the final third, especially since Terans joined the mix, so expect their attacking threats and the home crowd to help them earn a valuable three points.



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2FlamengoFlamengo35217768323670
3PalmeirasPalmeiras361951257431462
4Corinthians361511103934556
5BragantinoBragantino36131495142953
6FortalezaFortaleza35157134143-252
7Fluminense36149133536-151
8America MineiroAmerica Mineiro361213113937249
9CearaCeara36111693937249
10InternacionalInternacional361212124339448
11SantosSantos361113123339-646
12Sao Paulo361015112836-845
13Atletico GoianienseAtletico GO351014112835-744
14JuventudeJuventude351013123440-643
15Cuiaba35916103235-343
16Athletico ParanaenseAthletico PR35126173944-542
17Bahia361010163949-1040
18Gremio36116193947-839
19Sport RecifeSport3589182135-1433
20ChapecoenseChapecoense35112222762-3515

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