Corinthians vs Patriotas
Competition: Copa Sudamericana
Date: 27 July 2017
Kick-off: 02:45 CET
Corinthians found things in Colombia much tougher than expected a month ago, and if it weren’t for that Balbuena goal in added time, they would be in a difficult position ahead of the return leg against Patriotas Boyaca. Having grabbed that 1-1 draw in Colombia, they went on to win three more games in the Brasileirao, further strengthening their position as leaders. Then, two consecutive draws to Atletico Paranaense and Avai made me feel they would finally… slow down, but just last weekend they beat Fluminense 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro, sending everyone a message, they are not going to let this Brasileirao title slip through their hands. It’s still early, the season hasn’t reached the end of its first half yet, but Corinthians have been spectacular, and look like huge favorites to win the title. On Monday, the Sao Paulo club made a change in the list of players sent to Conmebol for the remainder of the season. Veteran midfielder Danilo, out since last August(!) due to an injury, has replaced striker Leo Jaba in the list, since the latter is about to get transferred to Russian club Akhmat Grozny.
According to Colombian media, Patriotas are looking for a miracle in Sao Paulo. Indeed, the gap between the two sides is such, that Patriotas should be left satisfied by simply showing a good face in Brazil. After all, this is their first appearance in a Conmebol competition, so in a way they have already met their main target, which was to get past Everton in the previous round of the competition. Ever since that first leg against Corinthians four weeks ago, Patriotas had three draws and one defeat until last weekend, when they finally won a game. They beat Tigres 2-0 away from home, just before flying to Sao Paulo for the most… prestigious game of their history so far, against one of the biggest clubs of South America, why not, of the whole world, considering Corinthians’ achievements against top European clubs as well, not to mention their huge fan base in Brazil, being the second most popular team after Flamengo.
Corinthians vs Patriotas: Head-to-head Stats
The 1-1 draw in Colombia four weeks ago was the first game ever between these two.
Corinthians vs Patriotas: Prediction
The fact that Corinthians’ win pays just 1.22, gives you an idea how big favorites they are considered – and are – to win this game.
Corinthians vs Patriotas: Tips
A Corinthians win pays almost nothing. Betting on Corinthians to win and keep a clean sheet gets you 1.85, which is still not fantastic, but… it’s something. Corinthians have a… scary defensive record this season, and I would be almost shocked if Patriotas repeated their… miracle they performed in Colombia and scored again.