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strong">>Atletico Mineiro will look to stretch their winning run to seven league games on Sunday, when they host strong">>Athletico Paranaense.

A rapid upturn in form has seen strong">>Cuca's side rise to second spot in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A table, while their visitors sit in fifth place after a recent dip.


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Atletico Mineiro coach Cuca during the match on May 19, 2021© Reuters

Atletico Mineiro had a fairly slow start to the domestic campaign by their own standards, winning just three of their first seven games while collecting ten points.

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Cuca's men dropped as low as ninth spot in the Brazilian top flight after seven league games, following back-to-back defeats, firstly losing 2-1 to Ceara before they were comfortably defeated 2-0 by Santos.

However, those losses triggered a turnaround for the Alvinegro, as they made a return to winning ways with a 4-1 thrashing of Atletico Goianiense thanks to braces from strong">>Matias Zaracho and strong">>Ignacio Fernandez.

Narrow victories against Cuiaba, Flamengo, Corinthians and America Mineiro then followed, seeing Cuca's side rise up the table, while also defeating Boca Juniors on a penalty shootout to advance to the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals after a goalless two-legged affair.

Most recently, Atletico Mineiro have recorded back-to-back wins over Bahia, firstly picking up a 3-0 victory to stretch their winning run to six league games, before Matias Zaracho and strong">>Hulk fired them to a 2-0 victory in the first leg of their Copa do Brasil round-of-16 tie.

The upturn in form has seen the Alvinegro rise to second spot in the Brazilian top flight, now sitting just three points behind league leaders Palmeiras, and they will be desperate to further stretch their impressive run in order to continue the pressure on the side at the summit of the division.

They face one of their toughest tests of the campaign so far, though, hosting fifth-placed Athletico Paranaense.

Athletico Paranaense's Richard celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on June 30, 2021© Reuters

Sunday's visitors have had the opposite season to their opponents so far, having had a particularly strong start to the league campaign.

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strong">>Antonio Oliveira's men won their first four games of the season to briefly move to the summit of the division, although an inconsistent patch quickly followed.

Since that run, El Paranaense have won just three of their last eight league matches, while also losing three and drawing the other two.

That run has seen them drop to fifth spot after a recent 1-0 defeat at the hands of Ceara.

However, Oliveira's side did bounce back last time out, recording their seventh league win of the season as goals from strong">>David Terans and strong">>Vitinho fired them to a 2-1 home victory over Internacional.

A recent 6-2 aggregate win over Atletico Goianiense in the Copa do Brasil round of 16 also means that they come into Sunday's game in a run of three straight victories, suggesting that they may be reversing their fortunes and can build with another positive result in league action, as they aim to climb back towards the top of the table.

Atletico Mineiro Brasileiro form:
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Atletico Mineiro form (all competitions):
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Athletico Paranaense Brasileiro form:
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Team News

Atletico Mineiro's Hulk celebrates scoring their third goal on May 26, 2021© Reuters

Atletico Mineiro remain without several important players through injury, with strong">>Rafael, strong">>Marrony, strong">>Keno and strong">>Jair all expected to continue spells on the sidelines.

strong">>Guilherme Arana is also out of contention, as he is in Tokyo with the Brazilian Olympic Football squad.

Experienced forward Hulk will continue to lead the line, having already registered six goals and five assists in 13 league appearances this season, including a brace in their recent 3-0 win over Bahia.

Athletico Paranaense also have several selection concerns to deal with, as strong">>Lucas Halter and strong">>Matheus Babi should remain out of action through injury.

They are not the only absentees for Oliveira to manage, as Vitinho is suspended and strong">>Abner and Santos are also in Brazil's Olympic squad.

strong">>Nikao, David Terans and strong">>Carlos Eduardo should form a dangerous trio behind a lone striker, with strong">>Renato Kayzer expected to lead the line in the absence of Babi.

Atletico Mineiro possible starting lineup:

Everson; Tripodi, Nathan, Alonso, Dodo; Allan, Fernandez, Tche; Savarino, Hulk, Zaracho

Athletico Paranaense possible starting lineup:

Krepski; Marcinho, Henrique, Heleno, Nicolas; Christian, Richard; Nikao, Terans, Eduardo; Kayzer


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We say: Atletico Mineiro 2-1 Athletico Paranaense

Athletico Paranaense will certainly provide a stern test for Cuca's side, but given their eye-catching run of form, we see Atletico Mineiro coming away from Sunday's game with all three points.

Both sides are without several key players, but the Alvinegro's confidence should see them over the line in what we expect to be a close game.


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