CHAPECOENSE V BRAGANTINO
After suffering the heartbreak of relegation in 2019, Chapecoense enjoyed a perfect season in Serie B by lifting the title following a last-minute penalty kick. On Wednesday, Chape suffered a disappointing 3-2 aggregate loss to Avai in the Campeonato Catarinense. The hosts will be hoping to bounce back here with a victory.
Bragantino enjoyed a 2-1 victory in midweek against Deportes Tolima, which was enough to see them earn qualification to the knockout stages of the Copa Sudamericana. Last season the Red-Bull club had a poor start to the Brasileirão winning only one of their opening five games. They will be eager to start this campaign on the right note.
Prediction: Bragantino win
ATHLETICO PARANAENSE V AMERICA MG
Athletico-PR confirmed their place in the Copa Sudamericana knockout stages on Thursday with a 4-0 win over Aucas. Furacão will be hoping to get off to a positive start in the Brasileirão as they look to better last season's ninth-place finish.
America-MG return to the top-flight of Brazilian football after two years in Serie B. Last time out, a 0-0 draw against rivals Atletico Mineiro saw them lose the Campeonato Mineiro due to being the lower-seeded team throughout the group phase. With their opponents in action on Thursday night, America will be hoping to take advantage of any fatigue that may be lingering.
Prediction: Both teams to score
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