Atletico Mineiro vs Sao Paulo by Isaiah
Atletico Mineiro returned to winning ways after four games, winning 3-0 at home against Palmeiras, to a more difficult game than the final score indicates, scoring the first goal in the second half and two more in the last five minutes. Atletico Mineiro is now in the second place of the league table, with the best offensive line of the league (38 goals), within striking distance from the top and with one game less, while at home they still have not lost this season.
The victory over Palmeiras celebrated intensely, since it was the first one after a long time and can bring peace within and outside of the pitch. However, their coach Cuca admitted that it was a difficult victory, which came with some tactical adjustments made in the second half of the game, at the same time he stated that the opponent was good enough. Only absentee is injured Jo (striker, 17 games played, 6 goals scored), while Rever (defender, 20 games played, 3 goals scored) is back after international duty.
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Sao Paulo drew 0-0 away to Santos, and for the second consecutive game they were unable to exploit the significant absences their opponents had. Santos had almost all main eleven out due to injuries and international duties, but Sao Paulo was once again very wrong in the field. So, no wins in the last three games and they are unable to approach closer to the top four positions that leading to the next Copa Libertadores.
Coach of Sao Paulo, Ney Franco, presented disappointed and stated that there is a feeling that they lost two points, mainly due to the fairly good game of his team, and secondly for Santos absentees. Anyway, Sao Paulo have lot of injury problems to take care for tonight's game. Midfielder Canete, midfielder Fabricio, defender Rhodolfo, striker Luis Fabiano (first goal scorer with ten goals so far in twelve games played), and midfielder Denilson are all out for different reasons. Midfielders Lucas Moura (signed for PSG, and will play for them from January) and Maicon are both back to the squad.
Atletico Mineiro appears really strong at home, and they will play almost complete tonight, while Sao Paulo has tremendous absences and they do not look at its finest. With Denilson and Luis Fabiano out for Sao Paulo, if Mineiro will block Lucas Moura, there should not be any other big threat for them, so i believe that home win worth a bet to this game.
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