On Matchday 19 of the Brasileirao, Bahia will face Fortaleza in Salvador. The future rivals have slightly different objectives so far. Bahia are close to the relegation zone, while Fortaleza are looking to maintain their position in Serie A's top four teams.
After beating Atletico Mineiro in the Brazilian Cup but being relegated from the second-biggest division, Bahia have played four matches in Serie A and only got one draw against Cuiaba. The other matches, against Atletico Go, Gremio, and Fluminense, were all lost. Such results saw Bahia drop to 16th place in the league standings, while Amerika, situated in the relegation zone, are second only to Salvadorans on goal difference. Bahia's home record is 13th in the division, +3=1-5, 10:14 goal difference.
Fortaleza have picked up a draw sore, with the last four official matches involving the Curitiba-based team ending in a draw, including the first leg of the Brazilian Cup quarter-final against Sao Paulo. As a team in the top 3 of Serie A, such results can hardly be called excellent. Still, despite scoring three points in the last three rounds of the Brasileirao, Fortaleza remain in the top 3 of the Brazilian elite. However, it is worth noting that another loss of points could cost future visitors a place in the direct Copa Libertadores zone. Fortaleza's away statistics are eighth in the division, +3=3-3, 10:11 goal difference.
Expert Betting Tips
Fortaleza and Bahia have a problematic relationship. In 2021 these teams played three times between them, all matches took place in Curitiba, i.e., on Fortaleza's field, and the hosts won only once against the Salvadorans. In Salvador, Fortaleza have never managed to win at all in history, but despite these statistics, the future visitors are quoted as slight favourites. We believe that the hosts are trivially underestimated, and the Salvadorans will break their unpleasant losing streak next Sunday. Here are the following bets: W1 for 2.94, 1X+Total Under (3.5) for 1.71, Handicap 1 (0) for 2.15.