Corinthians SP vs Palmeiras SP by PressMan

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A defensive Corinthian side, welcome an equally goal-shy Palmerias outfit, in what is arguably Brasileirão's biggest fixture of the weekend. I expect a closely contested match, given that the away side are desperately in need of results, in the face of over 20 newly signed players, who still seek a working formula.

 

Corrinthians faced with financial challenges, released striker Paolo Guerrero, after giving up on negotiations the player's contract. Guerrero was supposed to end his contract with this fixture, but it appears there were strained relations, prompting the club to release him before this crucial match.

 

Palmerias on the other hand, have a Dudu(MF) suspended for six months, while Victor Ramos was sent off last round. Otherwise, Cleiton(MF) and Jackson(DF) are back from injury, while Luciano and Renato remain injured.

 

Corinthians come in as favourites, having had a full week to rest, and brandishing an unbeaten record of 3games including the goalless draw to Fluminese last weekend.

 

More so, after a 1-0 loss to Goias last weekend, Palmerias played out a goalless Copa do Brasil fixture with ASA, during the week, and may've needed some more rest. But against an equally defensive Corrinthians side, I dont expect them to expend more energy in the pitch, chasing and pushing the ball. For a side who have failed to win any of their last ten encounters, a compact formular may be enough to keep them relevant while the game progressed, as we may see coach Oswaldo de Oliveira recall former Botafogo man Rafael Marques (recovering from flu), to help propel them towards the Corinths' half.

 

Finally, I think the stats on my screen interpret a lowscoring game, where Palmerias come with the hopes of defending a draw, against an equally defence conscious Corinth, who have so far conceded zero, while scoring only 2 goals in 3games, yet, just lost a very dangerous striker, Guerrero, I see an Under 1.5goals. Though a prediction of Under1.5 will always be risky, with supporting stats and odds around 2.5, you begin to think it is worth the risk.. Hahaa.. Goodlucks.

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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Under 1.5 Goals Bet365 2.50 7 0-2 LOST (-7 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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