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Campeonato Brasileiro teams Bragantino and Avai face off on Saturday in Nabizao, both stuck in the middle of the standings and just one point above the relegation zone.
The two are on the verge of crossing the finish line in the closely contested rankings after earning just one point each in their last three Serie A games.
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After going unbeaten for four games, winning two and drawing two, in the middle of June, Bragantino has slipped recently, suffering back-to-back losses over the past two weeks.
It’s possible that Braga’s 4-2 loss to Atletico Paranaense, in which they trailed by three goals before the half, affected their performance against Botafogo on Monday.
Despite being level on points with their opponents from Rio de Janeiro going into the game, Mauricio Barbieri’s team failed to capitalize on their superiority and suffered a 1-0 loss as a result of the visitors’ goal in the second half.
With more than a third of the season remaining, Braga are perilously close to the drop zone despite being only six points away from a top-six finish, which would guarantee them automatic entry into the upcoming Copa Libertadores. This result places them in 14th place in the Serie A standings. Barbieri will want his team to capitalize on rivals who have experienced similar difficulties over the past few weeks. A side that managed to finish sixth last year has fallen into a funk thanks to a meager three wins from eight attempts at Nabizao.
In their most recent game, Avai lost 2-1 to Cuiaba at their Ressacada headquarters after being defeated by players from the Brasileiro relegation zone.
After losing to Fluminense earlier in the season and holding league-leading Palmeiras to a respectable draw, Eduardo Barroca watched his team blow a one-goal halftime lead, resulting in just their second home loss of the 2022 campaign.
The Santa Catarina club that was promoted from Serie B has adjusted to life in Brazil’s top division very well, but they have not yet really asserted themselves away from home.
Despite being three spots higher in the rankings than Bragantino, Leao da Ilha will enter the match in Sao Paulo as underdogs because they have only secured one league victory on the road this season in their first Serie A campaign since 2019.
Avai have scored just four goals in their first seven away matches of the season, so they are unlikely to consistently threaten the Bragantino goal.
Only one moment of magic may be required to secure all three points because the hosts should also control the tempo and boss the ball from midfield.