On Wednesday, when they play Fluminense relegation-threatened Juventude will be looking for their first success in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A season in more than two months.
After defeating the Copa Libertadores champions in their previous meeting, Flu moved ahead of Flamengo and into third place in the standings. Juve are at the of the table and nine points behind the relegation line.
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Fernando Diniz and his team have demonstrated throughout the season a capacity to rapidly recover from a disappointing outcome, and they were able to achieve it over a week ago.
They have now put themselves in position to finish the season in the top three, which would be their best result domestically since winning the league in 2013. That victory at Mengao was their first on the road this domestic season since defeating Goias 3-2 back in July.
Fluzao earned 77 points during that championship-winning campaign, and while that total is currently out of reach, if this team can triumph in at least two of their final nine home games, they would surpass their win total from the previous campaign (15) and reach 54 points, which is what they ended up with in 2021.
The Rio-based team has won seven of its previous eight domestic games played there and comes into this midweek meeting unbeaten in their last 11 games across all competitions.
Flu have gone on to win the previous six league games in which they have taken the lead, and they have not suffered a domestic defeat until taking the lead against Flamengo in late May.
This team has won its last two league games despite not having a winning streak since July. However, they haven’t lost consecutive games since losing to Mengao (2-1) and Juventude (1-0) between the end of May and the start of August.
With each passing week, Umberto Louzer and his team’s chances of making a third consecutive appearance in the Brazilian top division grow less and less likely.
Since the 42-year-old former manager of Atletico Goianiense took over for Eduardo Baptista near the end of June, the squad has only managed one victory, thus the new manager bounce has not materialized for them.
Juventude now has four teams to try to pass, and they have nine games left to try to salvage a domestic season in which they have only won three times.
They haven’t earned three points in a league game in quite some time, but Louzer can draw some encouraging conclusions from his team’s performances this month. They won two of their three games and overcame 1-0 deficits in both of those contests; their lone loss came at Palmeiras due to a late goal by Murilo Cerqueira.
This squad has lost 16 points so far in the domestic 2022 season when holding a second-half lead, and those wasted opportunities now loom large.
Despite how bad things appear to be for them right now, they have had success lately against Fluzao, being unbeaten in their last three league encounters with them and winning the past two.
It’s difficult to recover from losing two regulars from your backline, but fortunately for Flu, Juventude have struggled all season in the attacking third, scoring the second-fewest goals while also conceding the most.
Expect Cano to have more than his fair share of scoring chances in this one; he seldom blows his chances.