Santos vs Palmeiras: Santos hosts Palmeiras this Saturday at the Pacaembu,
in the 1st leg of the Campeonato Paulista’s semi-finals.
And what everyone was expecting ended up happening, with the big teams of the state being on the semi-finals: Palmeiras, Corinthians, São Paulo and Santos. Clearly, the first two are heavily favoured.
Palmeiras was one of the teams that invested more on setting up their roster for this season. Their objective is clear: winning all the titles they can.
It is no exaggeration to say that at the moment, the club has such a strong roster that they are capable of fielding two different starting line-ups. So far, despite some slip-ups, things are going well for them.
They have won on their debut in the Copa Libertadores, which is their main objective of the season. And on Campeonato Paulista, where they are also obligated to win due to such a rich roster, things are going smoothly so far.
The team finished in the lead of their group and as the overall leader of the first stage of the competition. That grants them the advantage of being able to decide the semi-final at home.
For this match, Borja is the main absence, since he is on international duties for Colombia. Jailson should return to goal.
Latest results – Palmeiras:
21.03.2018 BRA SP Palmeiras/SP 5-0 Novorizontino/SP
17.03.2018 BRA SP Novorizontino/SP 0-3 Palmeiras/SP
11.03.2018 BRA SP Ituano/SP 0-3 Palmeiras/SP
08.03.2018 BRA SP Palmeiras/SP 2-0 São Paulo/SP
05.03.2018 BRA SP Palmeiras/SP 0-1 Sao Caetano/SP
01.03.2018 CON CLA Junior Barranquilla 0-3 Palmeiras/SP
Latest results – Santos:
21.03.2018 BRA SP Santos/SP 0-0/p.3-1 Botafogo/SP
18.03.2018 BRA SP Botafogo/SP 0-0 Santos/SP
15.03.2018 CON CLA Santos/SP 3-1 Nacional (URU)
11.03.2018 BRA SP Santos/SP 1-3 Sao Bento/SP
07.03.2018 BRA SP Novorizontino/SP 2-1 Santos/SP
04.03.2018 BRA SP Santos/SP 1-1 Corinthians/SP
Santos is on a reconstruction period. The team has gone through elections at the end of last year and lost some of their main players such as Lucas Lima for example, that was transferred precisely to their rivals here.
They didn’t sign many reinforcements and the team is once again relying heavily on the youngsters. On the match against Nacional in the Copa Libertadores, they have played with 8 players of their academy on the starting line-up.
Santos comes into this match as 4th place. We have one of the most historical derbies in Brazil here, and both matches will be played at Pacaembu. The first match will only have Santos’ fans, while the second one will only have Palmeiras’ fans.
Santos vs Palmeiras – Betting Tip and Prediction:
I see two aspects favouring Santos: the natural unpredictability of the derbies that are always uncertain.
The supporters also matter a lot, although Palmeiras is already used to the stadium as well. But in terms of roster quality, Palmeiras has the upper-hand, and also in terms of momentum.
Palmeiras give the impression they are coming into this match on the best moment of form so far, while Santos is going through a lot of instability.
However, a draw is still possible, so I’m protecting myself with the DNB.