Athletico Paranaense will be seeking to widen the distance between them and Santos in the Brasileiro league table when they play them on Sunday.
The hosts are on a four-game winning streak that has propelled them into the top half of the table, while the visitors have gone three games without a win.
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Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team won 1-0 against Cuiaba last weekend, extending their winning streak to four games. Vitor Roque scored the game’s only goal. Athletico Paranaense managed to retain a clean sheet for the second time in this timeframe, with the defensive part of the game being something they have worked on.
Last Thursday, they demonstrated their attacking power by scoring five goals against Caracas FC, with Pablo and Christian each netting a brace, and Pedro Neves also contributing.
Athletico Paranaense has won three of their four home matches in the league, giving them plenty of confidence going into this encounter. Because the table is so tight, a win on Sunday gives them a chance to finish the weekend on top, despite their current position of seventh.
Santos are coming off a 1-0 loss to league leaders Palmeiras, in which Gustavo Gomez scored the game’s only goal in the 80th minute. That extended their winless streak to three games, dropping them to ninth position in the Brasileiro standings, just a point below their opponents this Sunday.
Returning to winning ways would allow them to leapfrog Athletico Paranaense, but it could potentially push them as high as fourth depending on other. Santos, on the other hand, have struggled away from home this season, having failed to win a game on the road in the league.
Fabian Bustos’ club has also only scored a single goal on the road, which will need to be addressed if they are to turn their fortunes around.
In the league table, there is very little separating the two teams, and while Athletico Paranaense is in good form overall, the visitors will be tough to beat. Because of how close they are right now, a draw could be the most likely result in this one as they try to split the spoils.