São Paulo vs Palmeiras for the Brazilian Serie A championship match on Saturday at the Cícero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium.
São Paulo has fourteen points at this point in the league (three wins, five draws and one defeat), being 9th in the Brazilian Series A. The team has shown an average football with poor confidence, the tricolours seem embarrassed on the pitch with five draws so far. The home team is below expectations and will enter this meeting, after a 1-1 draw against Atletico MG.
The hosts will undoubtedly be more desperate than Palmeiras and will have to perform with persuasion if they want to have a positive result. In fact, the home team is in bad shape and haven’t won in seven games for official competitions (four draws and three losses).
Cuca and his players have to fight a lot and improve significantly if they really want to bother Palmeiras. It seems that for this meeting, São Paulo has no problems with injuries or suspensions.
Palmeiras is in good shape and doesn’t lose competitive games in fifteen matches (fourteen wins and a draw). They’re in the lead of the Brazilian league with 20 points (eight wins and a draw), with five points of advantage over Santos.
Palmeiras are comfortable in the first place, and in this game coach Luís Felipe Scolari should put on the pitch a mixed team of youth and experience since he wants to give priority to the game of the Brazil Cup, this said by the coach Scolari himself.
It is essential to say that Palmeiras continues to be a strong team and they certainly want to win the title again. In all, visitors are unbeaten for the league on thirty games, and with twenty-five points in the nine games played thus far this season. Palmeiras has a lot of quality, particularly in attack, which makes them seem unstoppable. For this game, they appear to have a fully available squad.
Even playing at home, I think São Paulo will feel severe difficulties in getting a positive result, and so bet on the visitors’ victory.