Bragantino vs Ceará SC Preview 01/07/2021
Red Bull Bragantino well be looking to extend their unbeaten start to the 2021 Brazilian Serie A season when they host Ceara on Thursday.
Bragantino find themselves seven points clear at the top of the table – eight points clear of twelfth-place Ceara.
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Having sealed five wins and two draws from their opening seven games, Bragantino have transformed themselves into the team to beat in Brazil’s top-flight.
Bragantino head into Thursday’s clash on a four-matching winning streak in Serie A – beating Corinthians, Flamengo, Palmeiras and Atletico Goianiense along the way.
It is also worth noting that Bragantino are the highest scorers in the league, having netted 17 goals in seven games (2.4 goals per game).
Looking at the bigger picture, Bragantino have only lost three of their previous 26 Serie A encounters – a run stretching back to mid-last season.
Trends also show that Bragantino have found the back of the net in each of their last nine home matches in Serie A.
Meanwhile, Ceara have picked up two wins, three draws and two losses from their opening seven games this year.
That said, Ceara have only lost one of their previous five league matches – securing one win and three draws in that time.
It is also worth pointing out that Ceara have only lost two of their last 12 away league games, although they have only won one of their previous six.
Let’s not forget that both teams have scored in each of Ceara’s last four league matches, too, with over 2.5 goals coming on two occasions during that period.
Head-to-head: Bragantino have only lost one of their previous four meetings with Ceara (two wins, one draw).
Historically, these two sides have dished up plenty of goals. In fact, eight of the last 12 meetings between the teams have produced over 2.5 goals.
Team news: Red Bull Bragantino are likely to be without Aderlan, Alerrandro, Bruno Tubarao and Gabriel Novaes on Thursday.
Ceara could be without as many as nine first-team players for the trip to Bragantino, with several players suffering with illness and injury.
When you consider the high-scoring history of this fixture, both teams are likely score on Thursday, with at least three goals expected.
With that in mind, PlusBet.net predicts that Red Bull Bragantino will score over 1.5 goals on their way to beating Ceara.
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