Sao Paulo vs Palmeiras
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 14 July 2019
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Sao Paulo signed 22-year-old center-forward Raniel from Cruzeiro a week ago, but up until Friday morning they didn’t know if they would have him available for the game against Palmeiras, as they were waiting for his papers to get fixed. If all went well, he will start instead of Alexandro Pato. The other 10 should be Tiago Volpi, Hudson, Bruno Alves, Arboleda, Reinaldo, Luan, Tchê Tchê, Hernanes, Antony and Pablo. Raniel arrived at the club, and Nenê is on his way out. He has already announced that he is returning to former club Fluminense. Sao Paulo started the Serie A season well, but three consecutive draws before the Copa América break left them 9th in the table, on 14 points.
Palmeiras beat Internacional midweek, 1-0, at home, in their Copa do Brasil quarterfinal first leg, they have the return one in Porto Alegre in a few days, so Luiz Felipe Scolari didn’t hide that he will be making “five or six” changes to the starting lineup, so as to… freshen his team up, and “protect” some players that he absolutely wants to have available in a few days, in the second game against Inter. Weverton, Marcos Rocha (or Mayke), Antônio Carlos, Edu Dracena, Victor Luis, Thiago Santos, Bruno Henrique, Lucas Lima, Gustavo Scarpa, Dudu and Borja, these should be the first 11, and if you follow Palmeiras and Brazilian football in general you realize that this team is no less strong than the one that faced Internacional a few days ago. Palmeiras are… blessed with such a strong roster, that Scolari has practically two equally good players in every position.
Previous five matches:
Atletico Mineiro vs Sao Paulo 1-1
Avai vs Sao Paulo 0-0
Sao Paulo vs Cruzeiro 1-1
Bahia vs Sao Paulo 1-0
Corinthians vs Sao Paulo 1-0
Palmeiras vs Internacional 1-0
Palmeiras vs Operario PR 2-2
Guarani vs Palmeiras 2-1
Palmeiras vs Avai 2-0
Palmeiras vs Athletico Paranaense 1-0
Sao Paulo are hosting Chapecoense in something over a week from now (Serie A). Palmeiras’ next game is in Porto Alegre, on Wednesday (Copa do Brasil).
Sao Paulo vs Palmeiras: Head to head Stats
Two wins for Sao Paulo, two for Palmeiras as well, and a draw, in the last five derbies between these two with Sao Paulo as hosts.
Sao Paulo vs Palmeiras: Prediction
Leaders Palmeiras are given by betting companies a slight advantage to win the game, but I like Sao Paulo’s chances of earning a draw.
Sao Paulo vs Palmeiras: Betting Tips
Draw pays 2.90, going up to 3.20 if combined with “under 2.5 goals”. Sao Paulo’s double chance combined with “under 2.5 goals” is at 2.08.
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