Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Brazilian clash between Palmeiras and Athletico Paranaense, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
The first weekend of July will feature a champion versus champion matchup in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A as the reigning Copa Libertadores winners, palm trees receive the winners of the last season of the Copa Sudamericana, paranaense athleticon Saturday at Allianz Parque.
Palestra has not lost a domestic game since losing 3-2 at home to Ceará in its first league game, and currently leads the table with 29 points, five more than Furacao, who is third.
Palmeiras are a team that prides themselves on limiting their mistakes, while keeping things tight defensively, and have managed both goals for much of the campaign, conceding a joint fewest goals in the league (10) after 14 games.
Foreign coaches have rarely been able to live up to the high standards that Brazilian football demands when they come to the Serie A Brasileiro.
Nevertheless, abel ferreira has earned his place in the hearts of the Palestra faithful as his team is currently positioned to capture their first national crown since 2018.
Being the perfectionist that he is, Ferreira will be looking for stronger starts from his team than they have shown of late, as all of his goals scored in his previous four games in all competitions came in the last 45 minutes.
Verdao is by no means the most aggressive defensive unit out there, although they can be as good at zone marking as any team in the Serie A Brasileiro this season.
Since the Portuguese coach arrived, he has implemented a highly successful position-oriented team, which is generally well organized and does a wonderful job of reducing their opponents’ passing angles.
Because of how well they invade those passing lanes, Palmeiras does most of his damage on the fast break and isn’t afraid to be more aggressive in the middle, with his wingers providing additional protection.
Athletico Paranaense, once a minnow in Brazilian soccer circles, is proving that it belongs to the traditional teams in this league, usually based in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte or Porto Alegre.
Paranaense are the only team from Curitiba to have previously won the Serie A Brasileiro, in 2001, and are making a strong effort to capture the title again, undefeated in eight straight league games.
To help them in their quest to collect more trophies this year, the club have recruited a pair of proven leaders, who have claimed some of football’s most famous trophies, starting with the appointment of two-time Serie A winner and former World Cup champion. Luis Philip Scolari.
They also recently signed fernandinho Manchester City, where the former Sky Blues captain won five Premier League titles, as well as one FA Cup and six Carabao Cups, among other trophies.
All that experience and success must be a huge benefit to a team that is still in the hunt for the domestic title, as well as the Copa do Brasil and Copa Libertadores, which means it cannot defend its South American crown in 2022.
Scolari inherited a team with solid continuity, which looks more composed and ambitious at the beginning of its games, scoring three goals in three consecutive games in the first 20 minutes.
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Palestra has one foot in the Copa Libertadores quarterfinals after a brace by Ronyplus a rare count of murillo gave them a 3-0 victory in their first round of 16 match against Cerro Porteño, with Weverton collecting his fourth clean sheet of that competition.
Gustavo Scarpawho is currently tied with Flamengo Giorgian De Arrascaeta for the league lead in assists with five, scored his third of the domestic campaign last Sunday in a 2-2 draw against Avai, while Wesley he collected his first Serie A assist of the year in that game.
A COVID attack means that Jorge will be on the sidelines at Palestra this weekend, as the Brazilian left-back was one of the players not to feature in their previous match on Wednesday.
Joaquin Piquerez took his place for that meeting, while Murilo, rock frames, Daniel, Raphael Vega, Dudu Y Rafael Navarro It all started against the Paraguayans.
goals of cheer roque Y Nicholas Hernandez gave Paranaense a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Libertadores encounter on Tuesday.
Four players put their names on the record for the first time at the national level this year, as Eric, luis orejuela, Romulus Y Hugo Mora all scored in the 4-2 win over Bragantino.
bento he is third in the league in terms of clean sheets, adding five so far this season, while being the top scorer david terans He has not scored in four consecutive games in all competitions.
abner could be out again after testing positive for COVID, vitino he has a problem with his thigh, Marlos may not fully recover from a calf strain and thiago helena he is dealing with a shoulder injury.
Possible starting eleven for Palmeiras:
Weverton; Piquerez, Luan, Gomez, Mayke; Ze Rafael, Danilo; Wesley, Scarpa, Veiga; Navarrese
Possible starting line-up for Athletico Paranaense:
bento; Khellven, Henrique, Felipe, Orejuela; Fernandinho, Erick; Romulo, Terans, Pedrinho; Pablo
We say: Palmeiras 2-0 Atlético Paranaense
The way Palmeiras have been playing, this could be a game Paranaense must win if they are to have a chance of catching the league leaders before the end of the campaign.
Both sides are as canny as they come on the defensive end, but Palestra are rarely exposed at the back and are masters at finding those spaces behind opposing full-backs, which we think they will take advantage of this weekend.
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