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Jul 24, 2021 at 9pm UK at Estádio Olímpico Monumental
America MineiroAmerica Mineiro
Alecsander Machado Guedes (7')
Henrique (63'), Mendes (90+4'), Rafinha (90+5')
FT(HT: 1-1)
Azevedo (31')
Vitor (32'), Ruschel (74'), Ramon (85')

Preview: Gremio vs. America Mineiro - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Brasileiro clash between Gremio and America Mineiro, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two sides who are sitting in the relegation zone of the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A lock horns on Saturday, as Gremio host America Mineiro.

Luis Felipe Scolari's men have scored the fewest goals in the league so far this season, finding the net just five times from their 10 matches, while the visitors have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their five away games.

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Gremio's Matheus Henrique celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on June 25, 2021© Reuters

At the 10th time of asking, Gremio finally claimed their first league win of the season, beating Fluminense 1-0 away from home last Sunday, though it did come in controversial circumstances.

The game was seemingly heading for a goalless draw before a dubious penalty was awarded to the visitors in the 90th minute, as Lucas Calegari was deemed to have tripped Alisson inside the area; Cesar Pinares stepped up and sent goalkeeper Muriel the wrong way to snatch all three points at the death.

Gremio have now moved off the foot of the Brasileiro table, though they remain in the relegation zone and five points from safety.

Scolari was hoping his side could claim a third successive win across all competitions on Tuesday, but they came up short against LDU Quito in the last-16 of the Copa Libertadores. The Immortal Tricolor lost 2-1 in the second leg and were subsequently eliminated by the away goals rule with the tie level at 2-2.

Gremio now turn their attention back to the Brazilian top-flight with three of their next four league fixtures against teams currently sat with them in the bottom five.

Saturday's opponents America Mineiro are up first and having beaten them in each of their last three home matches, without conceding, Scolari's men will fancy their chances of claiming another three points at the Arena do Gremio.

Gremio's Ricardinho celebrates scoring their second goal on March 17, 2021© Reuters

America Mineiro will also feel that they have a good chance in claiming points this weekend against a side who are also in the relegation zone.

A run of three successive defeats without scoring a goal – against Fortaleza, Atletico Mineiro and most recently at home to Sport Recife on Tuesday – has seen them drop into the bottom four and two points adrift from safety.

Head coach Vagner Mancini, who replaced Lisca at the end of June, had a strong start to his reign, claiming seven points from his first three matches, but the realisation has now kicked in that this campaign will prove challenging.

The Coelho were promoted as runners up from the Brasileiro Serie B last season and their primary target will be survival; winning games against teams around them, such as Gremio, is a must if their top-flight status is to remain intact.

Victory for America on Saturday will see them climb out of the drop zone, though a win for Sao Paulo against Flamengo on Sunday would see Mancini's men slip straight back into the bottom four.

Gremio Brasileiro form:
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L
  • D
  • W

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

America Mineiro Brasileiro form:
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D

America Mineiro form (all competitions):
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D

Team News

Gremio's Diego Souza celebrates scoring with Luiz Fernando in October 2020© Reuters

Gremio will be without Ferreira (knee), Thiago Santos (thigh), Maicon (calf), Elias Manoel (ankle) and Leo Gomes (knee) due to injury.

Goalkeeper Brenno Costa and midfielder Matheus Henrique are also unavailable, as they are with the Brazilian national team in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.

Scolari could name the same starting lineup for the third successive game, which would see Jean Pyerre keep his place up front alongside Diego Souza.

As for America Mineiro, Ribamar (thigh), Kawe (shoulder), Ademir Santos (thigh), Marlon (knee) and Luiz Fernando (knee) are all ruled out with injuries.

Mancini is set to stick with his 3-4-1-2 formation, which will likely see Eduardo Bauermann, Ricardo Silva and Ze Vitor all keep their places at centre-back.

Striker Carlos Alberto, who was the last player to score for the Coelho three weeks ago, is set to start up front alongside Felipe Azevedo.

Gremio possible starting lineup:
Chapeco; Vanderson, Geromel, Kannemann, Cortez; L. Pereira, F. Pereira, Bobsin, Alisson; Souza, Pyerre

America Mineiro possible starting lineup:
Cavichioli; Bauermann, Silva, Vitor; Eduardo, Ricardo, Juninho, Ruschel; Daniel; Alberto, Azevedo

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We say: Gremio 1-0 America Mineiro

Both sides have struggled so far this season but they will view Saturday's fixture as a good opportunity to get some points on the board.

America Mineiro have conceded 12 of their 17 goals away from home this campaign, including seven in their last two games. These defensive frailties will encourage Gremio, who we feel can secure a narrow victory on home soil.

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