Corinthians vs Sport Recife
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 17 September 2018
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Corinthians earned themselves a lot of criticism for the way they played at Maracana midweek, despite getting a good(?) result against Flamengo, a goalless draw, in the first leg of their Copa do Brasil semifinal. Truth is, they played very-very defensively, they… did a park a double bus in front of their goal, creating one, maximum two chances to score in the entire game. It was just their second clean sheet in their last eight matches, so… there are positives to keep from their Maracana performance. On the other hand, goalkeeper Cássio admitted that Corinthians have to be more… Corinthians, at least at home, rule on the pitch, and leave opponents like Sport Recife no chance of thinking they can get something out of their visit to Itaquera. Right-back Fágner played in Rio on Wednesday, but is still troubled by an injury, and is anything but sure he will start against Sport.
Internal problems was the only thing missing at Sport Recife, and… they made sure to bring that as well upon themselves; Michel Bastos and Fellipe Bastos posted things on their social media accounts last weekend, comments that Sport’s board of directors felt were inappropriate, and somewhat ironic of the club. They thought about punishing them, they didn’t, and remains to be seen how this will… evolve the next days. Both are anything but sure to play against Corinthians, as lesser-known players seem to be winning their spots in the lineup. Generally, coach Eduardo Baptista seems perfectly willing to try new things, disappointed by how things are going. They did draw with Cruzeiro last weekend, at home, but that was an… alternative, very weakened Cruzeiro side. Sport have won just one of their last 14(!!) Série A matches, and that was at home over bottom-of-the-table Paraná, a poor 1-0. They remain below the relegation line, in desperate need of points.
Previous five matches:
Flamengo vs Corinthians 0-0
Palmeiras vs Corinthians 1-0
Ceara vs Corinthians 2-1
Corinthians vs Atletico Mineiro 1-1
Corinthians vs Colo-Colo 2-1
Sport Recife vs Cruzeiro 0-0
Bahia vs Sport Recife 2-0
Sport Recife vs Parana 1-0
Botafogo vs Sport Recife 2-0
Sport Recife vs America Mineiro 0-2
Corinthians’ next game is again at home, versus Internacional, next weekend. Sport will be hosting Palmeiras (both Série A matches).
Corinthians vs Sport Recife: Head to head Stats
Corinthians have seven wins in a row in Sao Paulo over Sport, a… tradition that started in 2008.
Corinthians vs Sport Recife: Prediction
Both teams feel… obliged to win this game, for different reasons. Sport would be ok with a draw as well. All things considered, I expect the hosts to win, but not without… suffering.
Corinthians vs Sport Recife: Betting Tips
A simple Corinthians win is at 1.65. Combined with a clean sheet, that goes up to 2.37. Their clean sheet alone is at 1.83.