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Oct 3, 2021 at 8pm UK at Estádio Olímpico João Havelange
FlamengoFlamengo
3-0
Athletico PRAthletico Paranaense
Ribeiro (5'), Henrique (10'), Pereira (45+4')
De Arrascaeta (56'), Isla (72')
FT(HT: 3-0)

Nicolas (51'), Hernandez (90+4')

Preview: Flamengo vs. Athletico Paranaense - prediction, team news, lineups

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

Flamengo's focus turns to the league this Sunday after reaching the Copa Libertadores final in midweek and they will go into the weekend in fourth position having accumulated 35 points in Campeonato Brasileiro.

Their opponents are Athletico Paranaense, who are five points worse off and as a result, they head into the weekend in ninth place.


Match preview

Flamengo's Bruno Henrique celebrates scoring their third goal with Filipe Luis and teammates on August 1, 2021© Reuters

Flamengo will be in a celebratory mood thanks to a 2-0 victory in midweek in the Copa Libertadores semi-final against Barcelona SC.

A brace from Bruno Henrique ensured Flamengo won 4-0 on aggregate to reach the final, where they will face fellow Brazilian side Palmeiras.

In the league, Sunday's hosts sit 11 points off top spot, but they have two games in hand, which gives them a chance of closing the gap to league leaders Atletico Mineiro.

Since replacing Rogerio Ceni as head coach, Renato Gaucho has guided his team to six league wins in 10 games and they have only suffered two defeats in the Campeonato Brasileiro in that period.

Although, they will aim to get back to winning ways on Sunday, having not won in their last two league outings courtesy of a 1-0 defeat to Gremio before they drew 1-1 with America Mineiro last weekend.

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

Athletico Paranese were also busy in midweek and like their opponents they will be in a joyful mood thanks to a 2-0 win against Penarol of Uruguay, which sealed their place in the final of the Copa Sudamericana.

Goals from Nikao and Pedro Rocha guided their side to a 4-1 aggregate victory, which means Furacao will face fellow Brazilian team - Bragantino - in the final.

Antonio Oliveira's side have won their last two league matches against Juventude and Gremio, which ended a seven-game winless run in the league.

In their last Campeonato Brasileiro fixture, two goals apiece for Rocha and Renato De Souza helped Oliveira's team to a 4-2 victory against Gremio.

As a result, Athletico Paranaense head into the weekend three points off a Copa Libertadores qualifier spot and five points off an automatic place for South America's elite club competition.

Flamengo Brasileiro form:
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • D

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

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

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



Team News

Flamengo are likely to be without Robert Piris and Thiago Maia due to injury concerns.

David Luiz will also miss the game due to injury after limping off in the 10th minute of the Copa Libertadores semi-final against Barcelona SC.

In that game, Luiz was replaced by Gustavo Henrique, and Henrique is likely to come into the starting lineup for Sunday.

Athletico Paranaense are still without Matheus Babi and Lucas Halter, who are both long-term absentees.

Oliveira may make a few changes to freshen up his side, which could see Lucas Fasson come back into the centre of defence.

Rocha and De Souza could also come in, which would allow Oliveira to rest David Terans and Guilherme Bissoli.

Flamengo possible starting lineup:
Alves; Isla, Caio, Henrique, Luis; Arao, Pereira, De Arrascaeta; Ribeiro, Henrique, Barbosa

Athletico Paranaense possible starting lineup:
Santos; Ze Ivaldo, Heleno, Fasson; Marcinho, Erick, Richard, Abner; Nikao, Rocha, De Souza


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We say: Flamengo 2-1 Athletico Paranaense

This contest may take a while to get going with both sides playing important matches during the week, but when the encounter does spring into life, we think Flamengo will be too strong for their opponents and that they will get back to winning ways in the league.



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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Atletico Mineiro27185444202459
2PalmeirasPalmeiras2815494234849
3FortalezaFortaleza2814683830848
4FlamengoFlamengo25144747242346
5BragantinoBragantino281113444321246
6InternacionalInternacional28101173730741
7Corinthians28101173026441
8Fluminense2710982828039
9Atletico GoianienseAtletico GO2791082424037
10America MineiroAmerica Mineiro2881192729-235
11Cuiaba2871472728-135
12Athletico ParanaenseAthletico PR27104133236-434
13Sao Paulo2871382227-534
14CearaCeara2761472529-432
15Bahia2787123138-731
16JuventudeJuventude28611112736-929
17SantosSantos27611102334-1129
18Sport RecifeSport2869131524-927
19Gremio2675142332-926
20ChapecoenseChapecoense28110172449-2513

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