Palmeiras vs RB Brasil – Campeonato Paulista : 9 or 10 commentators consider Palmeiras to be the big favourite to conquering titles this season.
Besides Lucas Lima, signed from Santos, the team still has Gustavo Scarpa to make his debut. Besides that, the team has maintained its core from last season.
PALMEIRAS: Jailson; Marcos Rocha, Antônio Carlos, Thiago Martins and Victor Luis; Felipe Melo and Tchê Tchê; Willian, Lucas Lima and Dudu; Borja
Manager: Roger Machado
RED BULL: Julio César; Nininho, Ewerton Páscoa, Tiago Alves and Breno; Matheus Oliveira, Éder, André Castro, Maylson and Éder Luis; Edmílson
Manager: Ricardo Catalá
21.01.2018 SP Botafogo/SP 0-1 Palmeiras/SP
18.01.2018 SP Palmeiras/SP 3-1 Santo André/SP
21.01.2018 SP Santo André/SP 1-1 RB Brasil/SP
17.01.2018 SP RB Brasil/SP 0-0 Ferroviária/SP
And unlike other teams, that are fielding some mixed or reserves teams in some of its matches, the manager Roger Machado doesn’t care about that:
“Saying that we will test some things in Campeonato Paulista would be diminishing the importance of the tournament. The trend is that with repetition we will achieve better intermeshing. Valuing the Campeonato Paulista, that we haven’t conquered for a while, gives us the security that we will try our best to conquer it again”, he stated.
Therefore, Palmeiras will once again play with Felipe Melo as defensive midfielder, a line of 4 players formed by Tchê Tchê, Willian, Lucas Lima and Dudu and then Bori up front.
Their opponent is Red Bull (RB Brasil, depending on the news agency), that drew its first two matches in this tournament.
The manager Ricardo Catalá counts with their physical advantage in terms of condition to surprise Palmeiras. After all, the team has been working since December and they should theoretically be on a superior state physically.
Palmeiras vs RB Brasil – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Palmeiras are favourites? Yes, definitely. Will it be easy? No, it shouldn’t be.
What is expected is Palmeiras having the initiative, going on the attack and crashing into Red Bull’s defence. I don’t believe this match will have a lot of goals.
If Palmeiras opens up a 2-0 lead, let’s say they should settle for that advantage. My bet is Palmeiras to win, on a low-scoring affair.
|Palmeiras to win and under 3.5 goals||