Palmeiras vs. Atletico Mineiro / Brazilian Serie A – On Sunday in Sao Paolo will be played one of derby matches of the 16th round of Brazilian Serie A, when leading Palmeiras will facse eight-placed Atletico Minairo, which at the moment has nine points fewer. However, the guests from Belo Horizone have recently improved their form and have overwhelmingly positive score in previous matches against Palmeiras of even eight wins and one draw. Begins: 24.07.2016 – 16:00 CET
The only drew took place right last year at Palmeiras stadium and the home team believe that can repeat the outcome, especially as they occupy the leading position in the Serie A for some time now. After in last four rounds won three matches and drew one, coach Cuce’s players had again escaped from the city rival Corinthians to three points difference, while third Gremio at the moment has five points fewer.
Besides, Paleiras plays this season at home almost without mistake and out of eight such matches they won seven and drew just one, while on top of it they returned from two last away matches with all six points as they defeated Sport Recife and Internacional in previous round. We need to add that at the moment Palmeiras is the most efficient team in the league and have the second best defence so coach Cuca has no reason to change anything in the starting line-up for the match against Atletico Mineiro, especially as due to injuries still out of action is only midfielder Gabriel and forward Alescandro.
Probable lineups Palmeiras: Prass – Jean, Dracena, Hugo, Ze Roberto – Tche Tche, Santos – Guedes, Xavier, Erik – Gabriel Jesus
Thanks to recent successes, primarily at home, Atletico Mineiro has significantly improved its position in the standings, while when they play away they still look a bit afraid so two rounds ago they were defeated in Brazilia by Flamengo 2-0. However, that was their only defeat in last seven rounds and in the period they won five and drew one match, so we can freely say that will start match against current leader of the Serie A in a fairly good atmosphere.
After the latest victory at home over Coritibo coach Olivieira’s players lag behind positions that lead to the Copa Libertadores for just three points so the difference can be quickly annulled, especially if they improve their performances when play away. Right because of that we believe that now Oliviera will set a bit more defensive tactic as he is aware that his team can hardly win points if it accepts outplaying with very good Palemiras. Regarding the team, after expiration of suspension in the starting line-up is back stopper Erazo, while due to injuries still out of action are defender Rocha, midfielders Urso, Donizete and Cazares, and forward Luan.
Probable lineups Atletico Mineiro: Victor – Cesar, Silva, Erazo, D.Santos – Carioca, Eduardo – Clayton, Robinho, Maicosuel – Fred
Palmeiras – Atletico Mineiro PICK
Although two teams which are in the very top of Serie A by number of scored goals we must bear in mind that each of them has very good players in defence and because of that we have decided to pick on smaller number of goals in this great derby.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 2.00 at bet365 (down to 1.90 can be played)