Corinthians take on the visitors America Mineiro in the round 8 match match of Brazilian Serie A` . The match will be played on Monday, May 30th at Neo Quimica Arena (Sao Paulo).
Corinthians start the new season well. “Timau” in the past decade has been the champion of the country more than once – it was possible to win in 2011, and in 2015, and in 2017. You can also add the victory in the Cope Libertadores 10 years ago. But recent seasons have not been very successful, and against the backdrop of previous failures, 5th place in 2021 in Brasileirao was already quite a significant progress. And now it’s completely possible to lead by the end of spring in Serie A (albeit against the backdrop of not the best results in the Cope Libertadores). But one should not overestimate the results: there was a 0-3 defeat from Palmeiras, and, in the last rounds, draws with Internacional and Sao Paulo.
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America Mineiro secured the status of one of the mid-table teams of Brasileirao. “Rabbits” from 2005 to 2009 played at all in the 3rd division of the country. Then, however, there was a to the elite, but after spending 1 season in Serie A, the team was relegated to Serie B. The same thing happened twice more: rising to the “elite”, the club turned out to be not competitive there. And only last season, the newcomer was able to pleasantly surprise, taking even 8th place. Now, however, having completely failed in the Cope Libertadores, at the level of the national championship, Wagner Mancini’s wards manage to stay at about the same level as they were in 2021. It is curious that after 7 rounds there is a perfect equality: won and lost 3 times, with a single draw (just in the previous round, 1-1 with Botafogo). Moreover, the goal difference is the same: 8 scored each (of which 3 are scored by Iago Maidana) and 3 conceded.
In the last 8 head-to-heads America Mineiro managed to win only once, in the Brazilian Cup 2020. Corinthians were clearly stronger, and, for example, in the last championship they were able to take 4 points in 2 matches. America Mineiro is a pretty tough nut to crack right now, but he has a very strong opponent right now.