Campeonato Brasileiro preview round 28

October 3, 2008 at 18:33 2 comments

Palmeiras' Martinez

Martinez

Because of the local elections in Brazil, there’s just one game this weekend and that sees us in the estádio Palestra Itália for the Brasileiro’s new leaders, Palmeiras as they get set to tackle strugglers, Atlético Mineiro.

Despite their 0-0 draw away at Náutico, Palmeiras moved to the top of the league for the first time last weekend after Grêmio were thumped 4-1 by Internacional. Palmeiras and Palmeiras are both on 50 points and it’s only the number of wins that is keeping the Palestra Itália outfit on top.

With an excellent home record, Vanderlei Luxemburgo’s team are red hot favourites to take the points and solidify their position as front runners. Palmeiras have won 11, drawn 1 (Figueirense) and lost just once (a shock 3-0 defeat against Sport). With midfielder Martinez now operating in defence, the São Paulo team have now gone four league games without conceding (six if you include the Copa Sul Americana).

Last weekend, Atlético Mineiro also failed to score as they were held 0-0 at home by Figueirense. The Belo Horizonte side have been in trouble all season and are truly awful on the road winning just once (back in August at Santos), and drawing 4 and losing 8.

Atlético start the day in 12th with 34 points and win, lose or draw will stay there. But with Náutico, Santos, Figueirense and Atlético Paranaense not far behind, Marcelo Oliveira’s men have to take something from this game. Atlético have a tough sequence of matches coming up: Flamengo, Cruzeiro, Internacional, Coritiba, Botafogo and Vitória, and it’s difficult to see them winning any of these fixtures.  

Palmeiras goalkeeper, Marcos, should be back after missing the midweek Copa Sul Americana tie. Marcelo Oliveira has already decided on his Atlético team for the game. Élton comes into midfield in place of the suspended Rafael Miranda. Jael replaces Lenílson up front. Petkovic should start on the bench.

Goal average: 2.1

Kick off: Saturday 4th October – note that the match starts at 16:00 – Brasilia

Ones to watch: Converted midfielder Martinez for Palmeiras. The talented Jael for Atlético.

Elsewhere, a number of games were played during the week: Fluminense could only draw 1-1 with Goiás and stay second from bottom. The result cost coach Cuca his job after just 9 games in charge (2 wins, 5 draws, 2 losses). René Simões has already been appointed as the replacement. Cruzeiro scraped a 1-0 win over Sport and are now just a point behind the leaders. On Saturday, Grêmio take on Botafogo in the Olímpico hoping to profit from any slip up by Palmeiras.  São Paulo travel to Ipatinga but this will not be an easy fixture as the Belo Horizonte side are tough to beat at home. Internacional are hoping to make it 5 wins in a row away at Coritiba.

See the table and all the fixtures and midweek results here

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sebastian  |  October 15, 2008 at 14:35

    Moro em Atlanta e sigo o futebol pela Globo Internacional sempre. minha pergunta e, sera que nao tem nenhum centro avante melhor que o JO. So queria saber o que o JO fez ate agora? Melhor que o JO so vou falar alguns : Nilmar, Kerrison, Klber, Alex Mineiro e tem mais um monte.

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  • 2. pitacodogringo  |  October 15, 2008 at 19:32

    a quick translation – Sebastian lives in Atlanta and watchs the games on Globo. his question is; isn’t there a better forward than Jô? …. what’s he done up to now? sebastian can think of some others such as Nilmar, Keirrison, Kléber (Pereira?), Alex Mineiro and many more.

    i quite like Jô but i believe in playing in-form players. so, Nilmar and Keirrison would have got my vote. the long-term problem with Kléber Pereira and Alex Mineiro is their age. but as i said, Dunga should give the in-form men a chance

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