Corinthians vs Ponte Preta – Campeonato Paulista: The Brazilian football has returned.
The national champions Corinthians will make their debut on this Campeonato Paulista against Ponte Preta. This is the same matchup of the 2017’s Campeonato Paulista final that ended with Corinthians winning the title over Ponte Preta.
The teams come into this start of the season substantially renewed. Ponte Preta ended up being relegated onto the Serie B.
And since they took a gamble on experienced and well-known players last season and still got relegated, the club’s philosophy has drastically changed.
Now they are banking on the arrival of unknown players from small clubs of the countryside of São Paulo. The team has lost Lucca, Sheik and Fernando Bob.
But they’ve kept Aranha. For this match, Marciel and Ronaldo are absences.
After a great season in 2017, where they’ve won the Campeonato Paulista and the Brazilian Serie A, Corinthians come into this new year very motivated.
The team has also lost some very important players such as Pablo, Guilherme Arana and the most important one, the attacker Jô, who was sold to play in Japan.
But still, the team’s backbone was maintained. To try and supress those absences, Juninho, Rene Junior and Junior Dutra were signed.
Latest results – Corinthians/SP:
13.01.2018 CF Rangers FC 4-2 Corinthians/SP
10.01.2018 CF Corinthians/SP 1-1/p.5-4 PSV Eindhoven
03.12.2017 D1 Sport Recife/PE 1-0 Corinthians/SP
26.11.2017 D1 Corinthians/SP 2-2 Atlético Mineiro/MG
19.11.2017 D1 CR Flamengo/RJ 3-0 Corinthians/SP
15.11.2017 D1 Corinthians/SP 3-1 Fluminense/RJ
Latest results – Ponte Preta/SP:
03.12.2017 D1 Vasco da Gama/RJ 2-1 Ponte Preta/SP
26.11.2017 D1 Ponte Preta/SP 2-3 Vitória/BA
20.11.2017 D1 Fluminense/RJ 2-0 Ponte Preta/SP
15.11.2017 D1 Ponte Preta/SP 2-1 Atlético/PR
12.11.2017 D1 Coritiba/PR 1-1 Ponte Preta/SP
08.11.2017 D1 Ponte Preta/SP 0-1 Grêmio/RS
Corinthians vs Ponte Preta – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Debuts are always tricky. But Corinthians comes into this match more well prepared. The winning team’s core was maintained. And on the friendlies of the Florida Cup, when their starters played, they’ve done well.
Ponte Preta is a complete incognito with a lot of changes and the arrival of a lot of unknown players. At home, I believe Corinthians will have no problems beating them.