Campeonato Brasileiro preview round 7

June 20, 2008 at 21:42 1 comment

São Paulo\'s outstanding Miranda

We start our coverage of round 7 of the Campeonato Brasileiro with another visit to the estádio Morumbi as São Paulo come up against Sport Recife.

With two straight wins and nine goals, São Paulo appear to have put their early poor form behind them.

São Paulo have a mixed record at home this season (a win, a draw and a loss) but have a 100% record against Sport in the Morumbi (11 wins).

This fixture is also of particular interest to keeper Rogério Ceni as his last goal from a free-kick came against Sport on 28th October last year in São Paulo’s 2×1 win in the estádio Ilha do Retiro in Recife.

Sport are still basking in the glory of winning the Copa do Brasil for the first time in their history.

Nelsinho Baptista has done a good job on limited resources but Sport have yet to win away in the Brasileiro drawing one and losing the last two.

Sport’s last win against São Paulo was seven years ago – 1×0 in Recife. Though that didn’t rally help their cause as the Ilha do Retiro outfit were relegated that season.

São Paulo start in 6th with 9 points. Sport are 6 places behind with 8.

São Paulo are without Hernanes and Alex Silva who have been called up for Brazil’s squad for a friendly in preparation for the Beijing Olympics. Sport have Igor and Everton suspended. Roger and Francisco Alex are still owned by São Paulo and cannot play against the Morumbi side.

Kick off: Saturday 21 June – 18:20 – Brasília

Goal average = 2.9 – three 0x0s

Ones to watch: Miranda and André Dias (I seem to chose these two every time we cover São Paulo but they have been excellent). For Sport, I’ve gone for Carlinhos Bala and Luciano Henrique. Also keep an eye on their rightback, Diogo.  


On Sunday, we’re in the estádio São Januário for Vasco versus Palmeiras.

Vasco have won their last six matches at home (in all competitions). This run coincided with the return of coach Antônio Carlos to the club for his sixth stint in charge.   

But this excellent record is at risk as Vasco will be missing a number of key players for Sunday’s fixture. Out are Jorge Luiz, Luizão, Leandro Bomfim and first choice keeper, Tiago, who are all injured. Ex Palmeiras man, Edmundo, is suspended and Morais has been dropped.  

Palmeiras have not won away this season (2 defeats, 1 draw). But they thrashed Cruzeiro 5×2 last weekend and should be up for this one in Rio.

However, all is not well at the Palestra Itália. Delays in salary payments have led to accusations that the players are not performing quite as well as they could do.

Coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo has a full squad to choose from. Diego Souza may come in for Léo Lima in midfield.

Kick off: Sunday 22 June – 16:00 Brasília

Goal average = 2.5 – six 0x0s

Ones to watch: Palmeiras’ Martinez



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  • 1. Pambos  |  June 21, 2008 at 09:10

    Botafogo-Portugesa 1
    Coritiba-Fluminese X
    Cruzeiro-Figuirense 1
    Sao paolo- Sport Receife 1
    Ipatinga-Flamengo X
    Vasco- Palmeiras 1
    Vitoria-Internacional 2
    Gremio-At.PR 1
    Nautico-At Mineiro 1
    Santos- Goias 1


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