Campeonato Brasileiro preview round 27
Our Saturday game sees us in Rio de Janeiro for Flamengo vs Sport Recife.
Last weekend, Flamengo could only manage a 1-0 win against strugglers Ipatinga. But the points were enough to lift Caio Junior’s team back into the top four for the first time since round 16.
Flamengo’s position, though, is a precarious one and nothing less than a victory will guarantee they’ll be in the Libertadores places by the end of this round.
The Rubro Negro’s record at home is a reasonable 8 wins, 2 draws, and 3 losses
(2-4 São Paulo, 0-1 Vitória, 1-2 Cruzeiro).
Flamengo and Sport have met 13 times in Rio with Fla coming out on top on 8 occasions and Sport winning twice (the last win was in 2000).
Sport are unbeaten in six (3 wins, 3 draws) and haven’t lost since 17th August when they went down 1-0 at home to Botafogo. Nelsinho Baptista’s team have not conceded in 4 (1-0 Internacional, 3-0 Palmeiras, 5-0 Figueirense, 0-0 São Paulo).
The Recife side, though, remain fragile away from home winning 3, drawing 3 but losing 7.
Caio Júnior is expected to start with the same side that struggled vs Ipatinga.
Sport were awful in the last round vs São Paulo and Nelsinho Baptista will be looking for a marked improvement from his players on Saturday. The good news is that forward Roger is back in place of Enílton. Sidny is injured so Carlinhos Bala should continue to operate down the flanks. Luciano Henrique may come in for Kássio.
Goal average = 2.4 = four 0-0s
Kick off: Saturday 27th September – 18:20 Brasilia
Ones to watch: Sport’s Roger
Our Sunday match features two teams with hopes for the title as São Paulo and Cruzeiro go head to head in the estádio Morumbi.
In the last round São Paulo were well below their best in the painfully dull 0-0 draw away to Sport Recife.
São Paulo are now seven points behind league leaders Grêmio and the title appears to be slipping away from current champions. However, a win, and a loss for Grêmio against archenemies Internacional, would move Muricy Ramalho’s men to within four points of the top dogs.
Ramalho’s side are unbeaten in six but have only picked up two wins in this period and that is not a recipe for success. In fact, São Paulo are now the draw kings of the league after clocking up 10 in 26 games.
São Paulo have won 9 and drawn 3 at home. Their only defeat came on the opening day against Grêmio.
Cruzeiro start the day 3 points above São Paulo but with the situation so tight a win is required to keep Adílson Batista’s men in the race.
Last weekend, the Belo Horizonte outfit came out on top in a seven goal thriller vs Figueirense. And now Adílson Batista’s boys are among the league’s top scorers with 42 to their name.
Cruzeiro have won 5, drawn 2 and lost 6 on the road. The last time they won in the estádio Morumbi was in their championship winning year in 2003.
For São Paulo, centreback Miranda is suspended, Anderson and André Dias have niggling injuries so Zé Luis will fill in at the back and Juninho may come in. Léo Fortunato comes back into defence for Cruzeiro.
Goal average = 2.4 four 0-0s
Kick off: Sunday 28th September – 16:00 Brasilia
Ones to watch: Cruzeiro’s Guilherme and ex São Paulo man, Thiago Ribeiro.
Elsewhere, Grêmio make the short trip to neighbours Internacional. Inter have won their last three games. Grêmio haven’t won in three. 2nd placed Palmeiras are ready to take advantage of any slip up as they travel to strugglers Náutico. There are two six-pointers at the bottom: Ipatinga face Vasco and Santos vs Portuguesa.
For the table and all the games, click here