Atletico Mineiro vs. Palmeiras / Brazilian Serie A – This is certainly the most interesting match of the 35th round of Brazilian Serie A, as fourth-placed Atletico Mineiro will face leading Palmeiras, which at the moment has big 10 points more. It means that the guests from Sao Paolo are very close to win its ninth title of Brazilian champions, given that next in the standings Santos has even six points fewer four rounds before the end of season. On the other hand Atletico still fights to reach second or third place that directly lead to the Copa Libertadores, and they have to play by the end of season in the great final of Brazilian Cup against another difficult rival Gremio. Besides, team from Belo Horizonte was far more successful in previous head-to-head with Palmeiras and is in series of nine wins and one draw, including victory away of 1-0 achieved in the first part of season. Begins: 18.11.2016 – 00:00 CET
Of course that all these data suggest that the home team is again closer to win this great derby of the Serie A, regardless that their guests are currently leading team in the standings, Palmeiras. Besides very nice experience from playing against Palmeiras Atletico Mineiro has won 13 out of 17 home matches this season, during which it scored even 37 goals. That indicates that they always play offensively and on victory when are in Belo Horizonte
True, they drew the last match at home 2-2 with direct rival in the race for the Copa Libertadores, Flamengo, and currently has three points fewer than they. Recent defeat away by Coritiba has certainly contributed to this situation. However, in between those two matches coach Oliviera’s players have qualified for the final of Brazilian Cup, after eliminating Internacional, and are obviously tired on playing on several fronts. Regarding the team that will face Palmeiras, due to injury out of action are only defenders Rocha and Silva, while stopper Erazo and midfielder Cazares are engaged by Columbia national team, while forward Otero is invited to play for Venezuela national team.
Probable lineups Atletico: Victor – Patric, Gabriel, Edcarlos, Santos – Urso, Carioca – Clayton, Maicosuel, Robinho – Fred
We have said that guests from Sao Paolo are currently leading team in the Serie A and that just couple of points separate them from official confirmation of winning their ninth title of Brazilian champions. By the end of season will be played just four more rounds and next in the standing Santos has even six points fewer, so it would take a miracle to coach Cuce’s players miss such great chance. True, they were recently defeated by Santos 1-0 away but immediately in the next round they won Internacional 1-0 at home, so the mood in team is not bad.
However, in Palmeiras are more than aware that must not relax in remaining four rounds, especially in this match against team that defeated them 9 times out of 10 last matches. Unlike Atletico, they were recently eliminated from the Brazilian Cup by another finalist Gremio, which means that will be focused in the rest of season on keeping the first place in the standings. Regarding the team, due to injuries out of action are goalkeeper Prass, and forwards Barrios and Marques, while Columbian stopper Mina and Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus are currently engaged by their respective national teams.
Probable lineups Palmeiras: Jailson – Jean, Dracena, Hugo, Ze Roberto – Tche Tche, Santos, Moises – Xavier – Guedes, Dudu
Atletico Mineiro – Palmeiras PICK
Although Atletico has nice experience recently against Palmeiras, it is in weaker shape than they ahead of the coming match. Since both teams need points we expect open and efficient match on both sides.
Pick: both teams score
Odds: 1.69 at ComeOn (down to 1.64 can be played)