Competition: Brazil Serie A
Market: Palmeiras win
Odds: 7/10 @ 888sport
Looking to extend their buffer at the top of the Brazil Serie A table this weekend, Palmeiras will welcome Fluminense to the Allianz Parque late on Saturday night.
Starting with the hosts, managing to pick up what was a deserved 1-0 victory against Universidad Católica on Copa Libertadores duties in midweek, the mood in Palmeiras’ camp should be at a real high. Tipped as the leading contender in the Brazil Serie A hunt this season and last seen on domestic duties landing a thumping 3-0 win against Atlético Goianiense on the road, Head Coach Abel Ferreira finds his side enjoying an extended eight-match winning run across all formats, a run that stems back to June 23rd. Opening up this weekend’s fixtures sat holding a three-point buffer at the top of the table, it should also be noted that The Greens have continued to impress many with their rugged displays at the back. Recording yet another clean sheet earlier in the week, Saturday’s hosts have left five of their last six matchups across all formats unscathed.
As for the visitors, although Fluminense might have enjoyed a stellar run of form when opening July, The Tricolor certainly came crashing back down to earth last weekend. Despite being tipped as a landslide pick to overcome a struggling Grêmio, Roger Machado’s side were hit with a stunning 1-0 defeat at the Maracanã. Still a side seeking some much-needed stability, the former Palmeiras boss will be more than aware of his side’s woeful record at his old stomping ground. Hit with a 3-0 drumming when they made the trip to the Allianz Parque last season, it should be noted that Fluminense have remarkably lost each of their last seven straight trips to The Greens. Facing what should be another stern test on the road this weekend, we’re backing a home victory here.
Bet: Palmeiras 7/10 to beat Fluminense in Saturday’s Brazil Serie A showdown @ 888sport