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Gremio vs Athletico Paranaese predictions for Thursday’s Brazilian Cup semi final first leg action. Gremio will be looking to open up an advantage on home soil ahead of a difficult looking return leg. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

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Gremio to Win @ 7/10

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Gremio 2-0 @ 11/2

Reason For Gremio vs Athletico Paranaese Predictions

Thursday’s Brazilian Cup semi final first leg action sees Gremio doing battle with Athletico PR at the Arena do Grêmio. The hosts will be looking to secure a positive result to take with them into the second leg.

We’re now starting to enter the business end of the Brazilian season and currently 14th in Serie A, it’s become apparent that Gremio’s main focus is going to be on both the Brazilian Cup and Copa Libertadores in the coming months. Indeed, boss Renato Gaucho rested his entire starting XI for the weekend’s defeat to Flamengo and attention has been on Thursday’s match for quite some time.

Having seen off Juventude and Bahia to reach this stage, Gremio will be hopeful of going on to book a place in the final and typically very powerful on home soil, they have every reason to be confident coming into the game. Tricolor are unbeaten in an impressive 9 matches in front of the home crowd, of which they’ve won 7 and their home strength also extends to the Brazilian Cup, having not lost any of their last 10 home ties in it.

Meanwhile, Athletico are in the same boat as Gremio, in the sense that they currently find themselves in the bottom half of Serie A, but the cup is the only other competition they have to focus on, given they were recently eliminated from the Copa Libertadores by Boca Juniors.

Furacão also rested their team at the weekend in a 2-1 defeat to Botafogo and arrive highly motivated, with the final within touching distance. Athletico have already seen off Fortaleza and Flamengo to reach this point of the competition but their questionable away form has their chances of going one further hanging in the balance, given they’ve lost 11 of their last 17 away games and are notoriously poor travellers.

Ultimately, this semi final will almost certainly be settled by whoever best uses their home advantage and that puts the onus on Gremio here. Man for man, they’re slightly stronger on paper but will be well aware of Athletico’s home strength and will be aiming to open up a substantial advantage in this home leg.

All things considered, backing a Gremio win looks the best way to play as far as the betting is concerned and is exactly where our money is going. They are very strong at home, will play in an aggressive manner and it’s hard to see a defensive minded Athletico PR keeping them at bay, with a 2-0 margin of home victory on the cards.

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Article by: Luke S
Published: August 14, 2019

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