Having played three consecutive away matches, Fortaleza will be making a return to home ground when they take on Santos in the Brasileiro Serie A on Monday.
On the other hand, the visitors have the chance to claim back-to-back victories after defeating Botafogo in their most recent game.
Having picked up 14 points from 18 league matches, Fortaleza head into the contest in the relegation zone, with five points separating them from safety.
Juan Pablo Vojvoda’s side have only been able to record three league victories so far this season, with only one of those coming in their last five matches.
Following their victory over Atletico Goianiense last weekend, Fortaleza entered the midweek match against Red Bull Bragantino with a renewed sense of belief.
They looked set to take a point from the game after Emanuel Britez cancelled out Lucas Evangelista’s opner, but a winner from Gabriel Novaes in the fifth minute of stoppage time condemned Fortaleza to their 10th defeat of this season.
While Monday’s hosts currently sitting in the relegation zone, Santos enter the contest in ninth place after collecting 25 points from their 18 league matches.
However, the visitors may have a feeling that they have left points on their table, with 10 of their 18 league matches ending in draws.
After drawing more matches than any other side in the Brazilian top flight, Santos have proven to be a tough team to beat, losing just three league matches so far this season, but two of those defeats have taken place in their four most recent Serie A matches.
However, their most recent game resulted in a 2-0 victory over Botafogo, and Lisca’s side will now turn their attention to Monday’s contest, where they will be looking to claim their second league win on the road for the season.
Fortaleza vs Santos head to head
The two sides have previously met on 12 occasions, where Fortaleza have claimed two vistories while Santos have won three, and they have drawn in seven. Fortaleza have scored 10 goals and conceded 15 in the process. In their last five meetings, Santos have won one, Fortaleza two with two draws.
Fortaleza 2-1 Santos 29/11/19
Santos 1-1 Fortaleza 28/09/20
Fortaleza 2-0 Santos 22/01/21
Fortaleza 1-1 Santos 16/08/21
Santos 2-0 Fortaleza 26/11/21
Fortaleza latest home form
Fortaleza have recently been on a relatively good run of form at home, having been unbeaten in their six most recent matches. They played out a goalless draw with Palmeiras in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored four goals and conceded one.
Fortaleza 0-0 Athletico Paranaense 13/06/22
Fortaleza 1-0 America Mineiro 20/06/22
Fortaleza 2-0 Ceara 23/06/22
Fortaleza 1-1 Estudiantes 01/07/22
Fortaleza 0-0 Palmeiras 11/07/22
Fortaleza latest away form
Fotaleza have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just one of their seven most recent matches. They lost 2-1 to RB Bragantino in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored three goals and conceded eight.
Coritiba 2-1 Fortaleza 04/07/22
Estudiantes 3-0 Fortaleza 08/07/22
Ceara 1-0 Fortaleza 14/07/22
Atletico Goianiense 0-1 Fortaleza 18/07/22
RB Bragantino 2-1 Fortaleza 21/07/22
Santos latest home form
Santos have recently been on a good run of form at home, as they have won each of their three most recent matches. They managed to defeat Botafogo 2-0 in their last home game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored six goals and conceded three.
Santos 1-2 Flamengo 03/07/22
Santos 1-1(P) Deportivo Tachira 07/07/22
Santos 1-0 Atletico Goianiense 11/07/22
Santos 1-0 Corinthians 14/07/22
Santos 2-0 Botafogo 21/07/22
Santos latest away form
Santos have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just one of their five most recent matches. They lost 1-0 to Avai in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored three goals and conceded seven.
Juventude 1-2 Santos 15/06/22
Corinthians 4-0 Santos 23/06/22
Corinthians 0-0 Santos 26/06/22
Deportivo Tachira 1-1 Santos 30/06/22
Avai 1-0 Santos 17/07/22
Fortaleza will take to the pitch without the services of Tinga and Jose Welison, who are currently sidelined due to injury issues.
Matheus Vargas is also a doubt after he was forced against Bragantino, and if he is not fit enough to feature, the Thiago Galhardo could be presented with a starting spot.
Lucas Pires and Maicon are expected to miss out for the visitors due to knee and calf injuries respectively, while Kevin Malthus and Sandry are also sidelined.
Camacho could come into the starting lineup on Monday after featuring as a late substitue against Botafogo, while Leanardo will start up front.
Prediction and Odds
Fortaleza have drawn five of their nine home matches so far this season, while Santos have seen half of their away league matches end all square.
With seven of the 12 encounters between the sides having ended in a share of the spoils, we envision a similar result to come on Monday.
Odds: 1 2.26 X 2.05 2 2.20
Fortaleza 0-0 Santos
Fortaleza 1-1 Santos
Fortaleza 2-2 Santos
Fortaleza 0-1 Santos
Fortaleza 1-2 Santos