Campeonato Brasileiro preview round 8
On Saturday, we head to the estádio Canindé as Portuguesa take on Santos.
This is our first look at Portuguesa and we’ve caught them at a good moment.
After a tough start on their return to the top flight, Vágner Benazzi’s boys appear to be finding their feet and three straight wins have propelled Portuguesa up the table to 8th.
Portuguesa have already beaten Atlético Paranaense and Internacional at home (but who hasn’t?!) and drew with Figueirense and Palmeiras.
While the Canindé outfit are flying high, the same cannot be said of Santos who are currently second from bottom.
After last weekend’s humiliating 4×0 home defeat to Goiás, the pressure is already piling on Santos’ beleaguered coach, Cuca.
The former Botafogo man has lost two of his three games in charge and has appealed for reinforcements. Apodi, Maicon, Robinho (no, not that one!), Michael, Robero Brum and Fabiano Eller have duly arrived but perhaps only Apodi will be available on Saturday.
Santos have already lost away 3 times (Flamengo, Cruzeiro, Vitória) but they did pick up a point in the 1-1 draw with Fluminense.
Portuguesa should be at full strength. Cuca is without Robinho and Adaílton who are injured.
Kick off: 28th June – 18:20 – Brasilia
Goal average: 2
Ones to watch: Portuguesa’s Diogo has already been linked with most of Europe’s big clubs.
Sunday sees our cameras at the estádio Mineirão for the crunch encounter between title contenders Cruzeiro and São Paulo.
Even at this early stage of the season, both clubs are aware of the importance of this game.
A win for Cruzeiro will see them move seven clear of their rivals and São Paulo cannot allow that to happen.
Cruzeiro have a 100% record at home. Botafogo, Santos, Vasco and Figueirense have all fallen by the wayside and Adílson Batista’s team have yet to concede a goal.
But this record will be put to the test by a São Paulo side that has put together a run of three straight wins and is unbeaten in six.
São Paulo have yet to lose away. After drawing with Santos and Atlético Paranaense, São Paulo’s last road trip saw them leave the Maracanã with all the points after beating Flamengo 4×2.
Muricy Ramalho’s side thwarted Cruzeiro’s title ambitions in 2007 by doing the double over the Foxes. And, you have to go back to May 2004 for Cruzeiro’s last win against São Paulo. But if the Belo Horizonte outfit are really serious about the title, this is the time to end that run.
Jadílson and Thiago Heleno will be absent from Adílson Batista’s squad. Muricy Ramalho has Hernanes and Alex Silva at his disposal after their return from duty with Brazil’s Olympic squad.
Kick off: 29th June – 16:00 – Brasilia
Goal average = 2.4 – four 0-0s
Ones to watch: Espinosa has been in excellent form for Cruzeiro. Guilherme is having a good season. If he performs well against Miranda, André Dias and Alex Silva, then it might be time to start believing all the hype.