Palmeiras vs Sport Recife
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 16 November 2017
Kick-off: 23:00 CET
Just when they seemed to have run out of steam, having picked up just one point from their last three matches, Palmeiras played their best game in some time when they hosted Flamengo last weekend, beating them 2-0, to further cement their position in the top-4. Deyverson was the star of the match, scoring both goals for Palmeiras in the first half. For various reasons, he has played in less than half of the matches in this Serie A campaign, he hadn’t scored since early September, but he looked great against Flamengo. He would have added a third one if he had shown more… cold blood in the second half. Palmeiras remain in the top-4, meaning that they’re almost guaranteed of Copa Libertadores group stage football next season. As for retaining their Serie A title, that ship has sailed. They have only mathematical chances, but most probably even those will be gone by the end of this game week.
That’s it, they reached the bottom of the barrel. If you’re fighting to avoid relegation, and you lose to the team that lie at the bottom of the table, the team that haven’t won a single game in almost 45 days, you know you’ve reached the bottom of the barrel. It wasn’t just the result at Atletico Goianiense last weekend, their 2-0 loss, that hurt Sport Recife very much; it was also the way they lost, the way they played, looking like… ghosts, having no plan, no soul, no passion, no nothing. They have back-to-back losses, they have earned just one point from their last five games, they haven’t won in over a month, and they are right below the relegation line, three points behind Vitoria, the first one right above that same line at the moment.
Previous five matches:
Palmeiras vs Flamengo 2-0
Vitoria vs Palmeiras 3-1
Corinthians vs Palmeiras 3-2
Palmeiras vs Cruzeiro 2-2
Gremio vs Palmeiras 1-3
Atletico GO vs Sport Recife 2-0
Sport Recife vs Botafogo 1-2
Chapecoense vs Sport Recife 1-1
Junior vs Sport Recife 0-0
Sport Recife vs Coritiba 3-4
Next game for Palmeiras is on Monday, at Avai. A day earlier, Sport will be hosting Bahia (both Brazil Serie A matches).
Palmeiras vs Sport Recife: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Palmeiras and two for Sport, no draws, in the last five games between these two in Sao Paulo. Three of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Palmeiras vs Sport Recife: Prediction
Earlier in the season, I would have backed Sport to get something out of this game. Right now, seeing them go from bad to worse to even worse to the absolute worst for weeks and weeks, I really can’t imagine how they can avoid defeat in Sao Paulo.
Palmeiras vs Sport Recife: Betting Tips
A simple Palmeiras win pays just 1.35. I feel Sport are the… perfect victim for the hosts to… enjoy themselves, scoring enough to push this game over 2.5 goals. “Over 2.5 combined goals” pays 1.80, and adding Palmeiras’ win to that, you get to hope for something over 2.00 betting odds.
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