Sports Mole previews Sunday’s Brasileiro clash between Atlético Mineiro and Sao Paulo, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
The current champions of the Brazilian Championship Series A, Atletico Mineirohave the first place within their reach since they house Sao Paulo on Sunday in Mineirao.
Atlético sit two points behind leaders Palmeiras heading into this meeting, while Sao Paulo have only suffered one defeat in their previous seven away games.
It took a long time, but Mineiro’s persistent attack ultimately paid off as they converted a 79th-minute penalty on Tuesday to overcome a pesky Emelec side in the Copa Libertadores round of 16, winning 1-0 and advancing. 2-1. in aggregate
With that hurdle cleared, the approach to anthony mohammed and his side switches to the league, where Galo has points from five straight games.
Thanks to a couple of slip-ups by Palestra, they are in the midst of a heated race for the Serie A crown, where the top four teams are all one win away from first place.
In his championship-winning campaign, it was around this point that he made his move, jumping into the league lead on matchday 15 and staying there for the rest of 2021, claiming his first national title in 50 years.
Under Mohamed, they tend to move up the pitch with long, direct balls forward and are one of the leading teams in Serie A when it comes to progressive passing.
While they haven’t lost a home game in Serie A since May 7, Galo has needed some good luck and stamina at times to win three points.
They managed to erase a one-goal deficit with two second-half goals against Avai (2-1) in late May and then scored three times in the last 15 minutes plus stoppage time to defeat Fortaleza 3-2 after losing for two within a half hour.
Defensively, Atletico have looked almost flawless at home to Sao Paulo, not losing to them since 2017, conceding just once in that period.
Sao Paulo picked up right where it left off late last month, and has now scored multiple goals in three consecutive games in all competitions.
Any doubts about their ability to close the deal against Universidad Católica in the Copa Sudamericana were quickly dispelled on Thursday as they took a 2-0 lead at halftime before pulling out a comfortable 4-1 victory, capturing the tie. . 8-3.
Roger Ceni has this group feeling supremely confident right now, and it’s evident in their play on the pitch, as they don’t look as shy as below. Hernan Crespo A year ago, and they have shown no fear of attacking teams down the middle.
Finding the mark first has allowed them to establish a good rhythm on the pitch, scoring within the first half hour in three consecutive games and losing just once in their previous 12 games in all competitions when the first goal counted.
Currently seventh in the table is a huge improvement on where they were in 2021, when they battled to avoid relegation for most of their first 19 games.
A strong collective effort with contributions across the board has seen them be in contention for some silver this year as six different players have found the back of the net in at least one of their matches over the past week.
State of form of Atlético Mineiro Brasileiro:
Form Atlético Mineiro (all competitions):
Form of São Paulo Brasileiro:
Sao Paulo form (all competitions):
Helmet Atlético scored again on Tuesday, as his goal from the penalty spot put him in the Libertadores quarterfinals for the second consecutive season, while Everson He only had to make a save to collect a clean sheet.
nacho fernandez continues to be a key contributor in midfield, currently tied for second in the league with three assists, while edward sasha he scored the winning goal last Saturday in a 2-1 win over Juventude.
ademir you are unlikely to fully recover from your positive COVID-19 test, I said no has a thigh injury and Jair continues to recover from a broken hand.
William Arana, caleb and Hulk were the only players who started in their previous domestic meeting to keep their place in the starting 11 on Tuesday.
Luciano was the star of the Sao Paulo show in the knockout tie against La Católica, scoring a total of three goals in both matches, while Eder, joao moreira Y Rodriguinho everyone counted on his victory earlier this week.
jonathan calleri he missed that game due to a red card suspension, but will be available to return for this one as he sits on par with german cano for the league lead with nine goals, while Rafinha, Welington Y Allison they are tied for the team lead in assists with two.
Alisson (sprained knee) is one of many Sao Paulo players currently on the injured list, a list that includes gabriel sara (sprained knee), Andres Colorado (thigh), luan (thigh), Robert Grove (broken ankle) and Caio (ACL).
Possible starting eleven for Atlético Mineiro:
Everson; Mariano, Nathan, Rever, Arana; Octavian; Zaracho, Fernandez, Neto, Vargas; Helmet
Possible Sao Paulo starting lineup:
Jandrei; Costa, Miranda, Leo; Wellington, Nestor, Gomes, Vinicius; Patrick, Luciano; Calleri
We say: Atletico Mineiro 1-0 Sao Paulo
Despite the quality both teams possess in attack, we anticipate it will be a cautious affair as Sao Paulo like to keep things tight and aren’t as aggressive away from home, while Mineiro tend to take some time to adjust to a match.
Galo always seems to find a way to get the job done on their home field, and having a couple of extra days to rest should be enough to see them narrowly defeat Tricolor Paulista.
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