Atletico Mineiro vs Sao Paulo (By: Dajkula)

Atletico Mineiro will host Sao Paulo in the 9`th round of the Brazilian Serie A. The hosts are ranked 5`th with 15 points and 5-0-3 so far. They have played their best matches at home and the only home loss came against Palmeiras but that was played on a neutral ground. Atletico is continuing their great home run from last season when they lost 3 times for a total of 12-4-3. Atletico won 3 of the last 4 against Sao Paulo. Atletico has a solid form lately, winning 3 of the last 4 in all competitions. They lost, however, on away ground against the strong Santos in the previous round. The team plays with good offensive, much better than Sao Paulo. They will force the issue today and they have, besides Guga, the best lineup available.

A few nonregulars are out for Atletico: Leonardo Silva(def.3-0), Gustavo Blanco (mid.0-0). Guga(def.5-0).

Sa Paulo dropped out of the Copa Libertadores early and they were eliminated from the cup losing twice against Bahia. This season is not going their way and they are 8`th with 13 points so far. They have lost just once but 3-4-1 so far is nothing to be happy about. The biggest problem is on the offensive where they lack some quality players. Much is expected from Pato but he is past his prime, it seems. He has scored 2 goals in 7 matches and he is their best scorer. Sao Paulo has scored 7 goals in 8 matches but they conceded only 4 goals. They are very defensive which is again costing them on the other part of the pitch. The form is not good as the team hasn`t won any of the last 6 matches while they lost 3 of those. Today, there will be some key missings for Sao Paulo, again on the attacking side.

Sao Paulo is without Everton(mid.6-1), Pablo(att.0-0), Liziero(mid.3-0), Rojas (att.0-0), Antony (att.6-0), Arboleda (def.3-0), Tchê Tchê (key player.mid.8-1) and Gonzalo Carneiro(att.0-0).

We can expect a game with little goals but I will give the advantage to Atletico. They are rock solid at home with 4 of the last 5 won against Sao Paulo. The visitors are in crisis and they have scored only 1 goal in the last 6 matches. With some important missings, I doubt they will avoid defeat.

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Atletico Mineiro vs Sao Paulo predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Atletico MG Pinnacle 1.97 6 1-1 LOST (-6 units)
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