Palmeiras vs Internacional
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 22 April 2018
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
One thing is for sure at Palmeiras, attacking midfielder Lucas Lima will not play against Internacional. A week ago, in the Botafogo vs Palmeiras preview, I wrote that the Sao Paulo club have made the… strategic decision not to prioritize the Copa Libertadores over Brazil’s championship (which is exactly what they did last season, ending up winning no title). Roger Machado, their coach, talking to reporters ahead of the game against Inter, seemed to be… reconsidering, possibly because the team have been doing great in their group, and they are very close to qualifying for the last 16 of the competition. In a few days they are visiting Boca Juniors, and Palmeiras’ coach admitted that he will rotate the team this weekend, avoiding, though, going into details.
Disappointment at Internacional, after their defeat at Vitória midweek, which meant their elimination from the Copa do Brasil. Inter beat Bahia 2-0 at home last weekend, fairly, celebrated their return to the top division with a victory, but things are anything but great at the club. No State championship title, early elimination from the Copa do Brasil, no international football this season, it feels… poor, but it may prove a blessing in disguise; they can afford to focus 100% on the championship, in which their target is to earn a Copa Libertadores ticket. Right after getting eliminated from the Copa do Brasil, they signed Lucca, a former Corinthians striker, good player, who should boost their attacking line.
Previous five matches:
Botafogo vs Palmeiras 1-1
Palmeiras vs Boca Juniors 1-1
Palmeiras vs Corinthians 0-1
Palmeiras vs Alianza Lima 2-0
Corinthians vs Palmeiras 0-1
Vitoria vs Internacional 1-0
Internacional vs Bahia 2-0
Internacional vs Vitoria 2-1
Internacional vs Gremio 2-0
Gremio vs Internacional 3-0
Palmeiras’ next game is at Boca Juniors, on Wednesday (Copa Libertadores). Internacional will be hosting Cruzeiro next weekend (Série A).
Palmeiras vs Internacional: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Palmeiras, one for Inter, and a draw, in the last five games between these two in Sao Paulo. Only one of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Palmeiras vs Internacional: Prediction
Palmeiras are considered almost sure winners, but I have my doubts. I feel Inter have what it takes to earn a draw in Sao Paulo, against a team that will play with an alternative lineup, because of their upcoming game against Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.
Palmeiras vs Internacional: Betting Tips
Inter’s double chance pays 2.37, and that’s my main tip. “Under 2.5” goals is at 1.67, and suits my 0-1 or 1-1 hunch.
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