Bahia vs Corinthians Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Bahia vs Corinthians predictions for Thursday’s Brazilian Serie A clash. A close game is expected between two sides in poor form. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Reason For Bahia vs Corinthians Betting Tips
Thursday’s Brazilian Serie A action sees Bahia hosting reigning champions Corinthians. With both teams in poor form, a close game is expected to be in order.
Bahia at least ended a 3 match losing run without scoring a goal, in their 3-3 weekend draw with Botafogo, but the point collected is of little use for Tricolor, who remain mired deep inside the relegation zone in this early stage of the season.
Sacking Guto Ferreira hardly looks to have inspired an upturn in form, with caretaker boss Cláudio Prates having overseen the aforementioned draw as well as a poor defeat to Parana in last week’s midweek fixture. With fans becoming frustrated, those inside home ranks know that improvement is needed quickly and can at least draw some confidence from the fact that all of their 9 points collected so far have came at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova.
Meanwhile, Corinthians also come into the game in far from impressive shape, with mounting a successful title defence looking all the more improbable with each dropped point.
Since the mastermind of last year’s success, Fabio Carille, left his post, Timao have looked an entirely different team, winning just 1 of their 6 outings under Carille’s old assistant Osmar Loss. The visitors’ performances levels have dropped substantially since losing their ex-boss and the players are struggling to find psychological strength, something more than apparent in a lacklustre 0-0 home draw with Vitoria over the weekend.
Ultimately, both teams take to the field in a vulnerable state and it’s hard to envisage too many sparks flying as each side looks to finally find some stability to break their current poor runs of form. Man for man, Corinthians are certainly the stronger outfit but Bahia are a very competitive unit on their own patch and it’s not there where their problems are stemming from, so they should be able to go toe to toe with their opponents.
Taking that into consideration, backing the draw looks the best way to play. Bahia drew at the weekend whilst Corinthians have drawn each of their last two games and it’d be no surprise whatsoever to see the points shared once again. Neither party is showing enough to suggest they’ll pick up the 3 points and a 1-1 stalemate looks on the cards.
Bahia possible starting XI: Friedrich; Paraiba, Tiago, Fonseca, Mena; Gregore, Elton, Regis, Rafael, Vinicius; Elber.
Corinthians possible starting XI: Walter; Mantuan, Balbuena, Henrique, Sidcley; Gabriel, Maycon, Pedrinho, Rodriguinho, Vital; Roger.
Head to Head
Both of last season's games between the two were won by the home side. Prior to said clashes, the sides hadn't met since the 2014 season.
Bahia Team News
Marco Antonio and Edigar Junior injuries represent the only concerns going into the game.
Corinthians Team News
Goalkeeper Cassio and right back Fagner remain on international duty. Rene Junior, Ralf and Clayson miss out through injury.
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Bahia vs Corinthians Stats
- Bahia have drawn 3 of their last 5 home league matches.
- Bahia have lost just 1 of their last 18 home games.
- Corinthians have not won any of their last 4 away league matches.
Published: June 12, 2018
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