Campeonato Paulista: round 19 preview

April 4, 2008 at 18:45 Leave a comment

The final round of the group stage kicks off at 4pm Sunday with two places in the semis up for grabs.

 

At the bottom, three will join Rio Claro in Série A2 next season.

 

Guaratinguetá and Palmeiras are already through. But finishing first is a huge advantage for the knockout phase as the leaders can win the trophy if they remain undefeated.

 

Guaratinguetá are away at Ituano who have nothing substantial to play for. Palmeiras are at Barueri who have a chance of making the next phase. To do this though, Barueri need to win and hope that Ponte Preta and Corinthians lose, or Corinthians and São Paulo lose.

 

Check out our rather handy dynamic table for all the permutations. 

 

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Our cameras will be at the estádio Alfredo de Castilho, in Bauru, for Noroeste vs. Corinthians.

 

Noroeste are out of the running for a top four place but three points will see them in the Campeonato do Interior (the mini championship that features the highest finishers from the state of São Paulo minus the big four).

 

For Corinthians, the situation is simple: win on Sunday and hope that Ponte Preta or São Paulo lose. Ponte travel to the Vila Belmiro but should face a Santos B team. São Paulo are at home in the Morumbi against relegation-threatened Juventus.

 

Home team record: 5 wins (including Palmeiras = 1×0), 2 draws, 2 losses (Guaratinguetá, Mirassol)

 

Away team record: 3 wins (Ituano, Ponte, Rio Preto), 3 draws, 2 losses (São Caetano, Santos)

 

Home team news: Centreback Bonfim is suspended. Midfielder Ralf and forward Otacílio Neto are injured.  Midfielder Alexandre and striker Edno are doubtful.

 

Away team news: Diogo Rincón is suspended.

 

Fixture goal average: 3

 

Ones to watch: Corinthians’ leftback André Santos has suddenly become the man for goals

 

My prediction: Corinthians to win but it’s going to be São Paulo and Ponte in the semis.

 

 

 

At the bottom of the table, Sertãozinho look goners even if they beat Portuguesa at home. Sertãozinho will only survive if Juventus, Guarani and Rio Preto all fail to win.

 

Three points will save Juventus. But they could survive with less than that if the teams below them do not win.

 

Guarani and Rio Preto clash in Campinas. Both need the win and Juventus to lose at São Paulo.

 

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