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On Wednesday, the two teams will square off at Corinthians Arena for the opening leg of their Round of 16 Copa do Brasil matchup, reigniting their Classico Alvinegro rivalry.
This is the first of two meetings these teams will have in a week. Last season, Timao defeated Peixe in front of their home supporters by a score of 2-0.
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Corinthians is back in the round of 16, but their path there was by no means simple after they were shockingly eliminated by Atletico Goianiense in the third round a year ago, 2-0 on aggregate.
In their home match against Serie D team Portuguesa RJ, Vitor Pereira witnessed his team give up the first goal to Cafu after just one minute of play.
Fortunately for Corinthians, leg two went much more smoothly as they won 2-0 to move on. They did so by scoring twice in the first half.
Given that Santos is seven points behind Time do Povo domestically, that could serve as a reminder for them to never take a side for granted, which might help them on Wednesday.
With no losses in 15 straight games across all competitions and 10 clean sheets over that span, Corinthians have played outstandingly at home this year.
They have let up the second-fewest goals in Serie A so far this domestic season (10), courtesy to some strong defending that has essentially cut off a lot of space in their penalty area and forced other teams to make poor mistakes.
Corinthians’ double-pivot midfielders press high up the field while adopting a successful man-oriented approach to create the majority of their chances.
In order to keep his Santos team competitive, Fabian Bustos has had to develop some novel strategies. This past weekend, they drew Bragantino 2-2 and earned their fifth straight point.
Due to injuries and bans, the 53-year-old Argentine coach was forced to start Lucas Braga on defense because he did not have a right-back available for that game.
The 53-year-old Argentine coach was compelled to start Lucas Braga in defense because he did not have a right-back available for that game due to injuries and suspensions.
Santos has generally been well-organized and structured in recent games, conceding multiple goals in just two of their previous 13 games played in all competitions, while allowing seven shots on target and letting two leads slip away.
Santos has responded effectively to setbacks throughout the season, scoring six points this month when down at halftime.
They needed that tenacity in the Copa do Brasil, as they tied Fluminense Pl’s game at 1-1 with less than 10 minutes left to play, defeated the team 5-4 in a shootout, and defeated Coritiba 3-0 in the second leg of their third-round matchup after dropping the first leg 1-0.
Many teams may find it scary to contemplate of playing against Corinthians given their current winning streak, but Santos was the last team to defeat them at home in a major match, rallying from a goal down to win 2-1 at the Campeonato Paulista in February.
Bustos’ decision to play without a naturalized defender against Bragantino may have been successful, but they still conceded a few goals while taking advantage of the numerous gaps Braga’s fullbacks create behind them.
With a Corinthians team that closes you down quickly and often takes advantage of openings, Peixe may anticipate spending less time in the final third.