Campeonato Brasileiro preview round 5

June 6, 2008 at 13:53 Leave a comment

There\'s an ill wind blowing about the Morumbi

League champions São Paulo have got off to one of their worst starts in years and after four rounds are in the embarrassing position of being in the bottom four.

Muricy Ramalho’s side are still without a win and are unlikely to get one if they continue to perform as they did versus Santos last weekend.

São Paulo’s posture against the Vila Belmiro side was reprehensible.

Manager-less, and with morale low after just going out of the Libertadores, Santos were there for the taking.

But Ramalho set his team up not to concede, and a dismal game finished 0x0.

The position at Internacional is still open and a growing number of São Paulo fans are desperate to see Ramalho pack his bags and return to his old club.

The only plus points from the draw were the flawless performances of centrebacks Miranda and André Dias. 

Despite the club’s problems on the pitch, São Paulo continue to remain inactive on the transfer market.

But if they lose on Saturday, some major restructuring might get underway and the first to go in the clearout should be the coach.

Atlético Mineiro are yet to lose. But three draws and a win is not exactly a fabulous start to the season.

Though things could be about to improve.

Alexandre Gallo took over last weekend with an encouraging three points against strugglers Portuguesa.

Just 5000 bothered to show for São Paulo’s last home game (and they were lucky to get that many!). And with Ramalho’s team playing so poorly, the right attitude in the Morumbi could result in Atlético’s first away win of the season.

On Saturday, São Paulo will be without Richarlyson who got himself sent off against Santos. Zé Luis and Fábio Santos are injured. Atlético’s veterans Marques and Calisto are missing through injury. Also out are Márcio Araújo, Danilinho and Eduardo.

Goal average: 2.36 – including five 0x0s

Ones to watch: São Paulo’s Miranda and André Dias. Atlético’s Coelho and his free kicks.

Kick off: Saturday 7th June – 18:20 Brasilia

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On Sunday, we take our first look at Sport club do Recife as they face Palmeiras in the estádio Ilha do Retiro.

With Sport’s continued involvement in the Copa do Brasil, it’s been difficult to judge their performance in the league.

Last weekend, a Sport reserve team almost won away at Inter. Sport have also beaten Libertadores finalists Fluminense in Recife. So, whatever team Nelsinho Batista puts out, they’re going to be no push over.

The last time these two teams met was in the Copa do Brasil. Sport came out on top drawing 0x0 away in São Paulo and then pummelling Palmeiras 4×1 at home.

After their success in the Campeonato Paulista, Palmeiras have struggled to adjust to the rigours of the Brasileiro.

Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s men have got off to an average start, but maximum points on Sunday could lift them into the top four.

With the return leg of the Copa do Brasil finals on Wednesday; Nelsinho Baptista will again rest a number of his key players. Vanderlei Luxemburgo has Valdivia and Pierre, back. But Kléber is suspended and Henrique is on international duty with Brazil. 

Goal average = 2.45 – Only one 0x0 = 1975 in Ilha do Retiro.

Ones to watch: Palmeiras’ young centreback, Mauricio.

Kick off: Saturday 7th June – 18:20 Brasilia

 

 

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