This Sunday in Goiânia at the Estádio Serra Dourada, Santos will face Goiás in the 21th round of the Brasileirão. Santos are in 11th position with 28 points, 7 less than their opponents - who are third - but with a game less played.
The referee is Heber Roberto Lopes with his assistants being Gilson Bento Couitinho and Márcia Bezerra Lopes Caetano.
Santos’ last game was a 1x0 draw against Grêmio at home. In a fairly tentative O Peixe came out on top thanks to a great headed goal by Paulo Henrique Lima. Goiás’ last game was a 2x0 away loss to Náutico. Goiás’ has overachieved so far in the Brasileirão, and one has to think that they will start dipping in form sometime.
Another factor in this game could be preparation time. Santos played a day earlier than Goiás’ midweek, thus the players would be have more time to recuperate. Also Goiás’ home record is not spectacular having won only 50% of their home games.
In the Brasileirão, the teams have faced each other 35 times. Santos’ record is 8 wins, 15 draws and 14 losses. The last match between the two was at the Vila Belmiro and ended in an exciting 3x3 draw.
Maikon Leite and Fabio Costa are unavailable as a result of injury. Emerson is a surprise call up to the squad as it is thought that his rehabilitation isn‘t complete. André has been called up from the base to replace Tiago Luis in the squad. New signing; Jean, is absent.
According to the official Santos website the squad for the match is as follows:
Goleiros: Felipe, Douglas
Zagueiros: André Astorga, Domingos, Eli Sabiá, Fabão
Laterais: Luizinho, Pará, George Lucas, Triguinho
Volantes: Germano, Rodrigo Mancha, Rodrigo Souto, Emerson
Meias: Robson, Madson, Paulo Henrique Lima
Atacantes: Felipe Azevedo, Kleber Pereira, Neymar, André