São Paulo – Cruzeiro: Preview & Prediction
Pressed, aimless and tucked into the relegation zone, São Paulo faces this Sunday, August 13, a traditional executioner. For the twentieth round of the Brazilian Championship in its 2017 edition, the first of the second round, receives, in Morumbi, the Cruzeiro. The game starts scheduled for 11am (Brasília time).
The recent performance of São Paulo
With poor football, lack of planning and vexations in a row, São Paulo has been able to count on its fans to try to avoid the first relegation of their history in the Brasileirão. In the previous round, against Coritiba, more than 50 thousand São Paulo broke the record of public presence in the 2016 Brazilian Championship.
However, support from the fans has been insufficient to cover the many mistakes in planning and executing the board. Coxa won 2-1 and sent São Paulo, who had managed to breathe after beating Botafogo 4 to 3, again to the relegation zone. With 19 points (five wins, four draws and ten losses), he started the round in seventeenth place.
He has a chance to get out of this situation with a victory this Sunday since the club immediately ahead is Chapecoense, who will not play in this round. His game against Corinthians was postponed to August 24 due to international commitments of the club from Santa Catarina.
The importance of the departure for the future São Paulo, however, did not prevent more administrative problems from happening during the week. The midfielder Cicero has been removed from the cast and placed to train separately. The reasons for the decision were not disclosed, but the player issued a note saying that he became the ‘scapegoat’ of the difficult situation facing the club.
Hired to establish a game standard that had not been found under Rogerio Ceni’s command, coach Dorival Junior gave indications throughout the week of being as lost as the tricolor board. He made a series of modifications regarding the team that had been acting as a starter. Among them is the return of the much-criticized right-back Buffarini. Despite the technical limitations of the Argentine athlete, Bruno, who had won the vacancy, was crucified for having committed a penalty in the match against Coritiba.
Without Cueva, suspended due to the accumulation of yellow cards, Dorival tested Thomaz and the young Shayon, of the base divisions, for the vacancy. Marcinho can also lose his post. Benner and Marcos Guilherme trained in their place throughout the week. Jucilei thickens the list of barred. In that case, there is already a chosen one. The Argentinean Jonatan Gomez takes the position.
The home performance is that it has sustained the hopes of Sao Paulo to escape the sticking. In Morumbi, the club won 15 of its 19 points. However, in the last five matches, he won only one.
The current form of the Cruise
The Raposa is in a much more comfortable situation than São Paulo, but this has not been enough to appease the critics of the fans. Eliminated from the South American Cup and having the Brazil Cup dispute as a priority, the club tries to secure a place in the 2018 Copa Libertadores through Brasileirão as ‘plan B’. It is close to the qualifying zone but has failed to enter the elite group.
In the previous round, he wasted another chance to stay in the top six by drawing, at home, with Botafogo’s virtually back-to-back team. It was 0-0. It repeated what will happen against Vitória, in the seventeenth round, when it failed to score against a rival in the relegation zone and had to settle for equality in the Mineirão.
Because of these stumbles, the team remains stable in seventh place with 27 points (seven wins, six draws and six losses). Only one less than the Sport, which closes the G6. There is no guarantee that all holders will be used on Sunday. Coach Mano Menezes may choose to preserve the most worn out athletes in order to preserve them for the duel against Grêmio on Wednesday, August 16, opening the semi-finals of the Brazil Cup.
A rising referee in the eyes of the commission that determines the scales of the Brasileirão 2017, Rafael Traci, linked to the Federation of Paraná, was the scaled to mediate the duel involving the two biggest champions of the competition in the era of the running points. He has 15 Serie A performances on his roster, eight of which are in the current season. There were 26.7% victories of the constituents, 33.3% of ties and 40% of successes of the visitors.
Traci has an average of four yellow cards (44.3% constituents x 55.7% visitors) by confrontation and expels an athlete (50% x 50%) every eight games. It has a ratio of 33 absences (48.6% x 51.4%) per game.
History of the bouts between São Paulo and Cruzeiro
This will be the fourth meeting involving the teams in the current season. In the first round of the Brasileirão 2017, in Belo Horizonte, the miners won by 1 to 0. However, the two most significant happened in the Brazil Cup. Cruzeiro won 2-0 at Morumbi. Perd
São Paulo – Cruzeiro: Betting Tips
Sao Paolo win – Odds: 1.95
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 2.25