Santos is currently 9th with 41 point, while Atletico Mineiro is second with 59 points. The motivation is completely on guest’s side, but I am sure the home players will give the maximum on this match. I expect an interesting and efficient match here.
Santos is in good form at the moment. They were missing the key striker Neymar (he was with Brazilian national teams), but still managed to win on the last two matches. The coach Muricy Ramalho must be satisfied with the victories. The atmosphere in the squad is positive and the players confidence is high. Ezequiel Miralles is in excellent form, he scored three goals on the mentioned two games. The situation is even better now as Neymar will return from international duty. The coach Muricy Ramalho announced Neymar will play on this match, no matter how tired he might be. Some players are injured (Alison, Edu Dracena, Fucile, Paulo Henrique and Rafael Galhardo), but they are injured from before. So, I expect an offensive approach from Santos on this match.
As I already wrote above, Atletico Mineiro is on the second position on the table. They are 9 points behind the leader Fluminense and they have no space for calculations. Atletico must try to win here. They are almost complete for this match with Rever as only injury victim. That is another reason for my pick as I expect an open football from both sides. By the way, the last three matches of Atletico ended with Over 2.5 goals.
The last reason for my pick is connect with the tradition. Six of the last seven mutual games when Santos was the host have ended with Over 2.5 goals.