Sao Paulo vs Bahia
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 9 September 2018
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
Sao Paulo are no longer the Série A leaders. For a single goal, they are second, behind Internacional. Midweek, they lost 1-0 at Atlético Mineiro, a game in which they deserved at least a point. Just like last weekend, it was an own-goal that put them 1-0 down. Against Fluminense, they managed to salvage a point; in Belo Horizonte, no. After the game, Sao Paulo people complained about refereeing decisions, claiming that in a series of matches this season they have lost points due to mistakes made by officials. Sao Paulo earned just one point in their last two games, and lost the top spot in the table, but the silver lining in the cloud is that in both matches they played well, and deserved better. Attacking midfielder Everton is back to training after recovering from an injury, but is not ready yet to play.
Bahia visited Sport Recife midweek. I backed them not just to win the game (1.72), but to do so without conceding (2.50), and they did, 2-0. The first half was rather balanced (Bahia had a shot on the post, by a youngster, Ramires, who played his first game for them), but in the second half they were much better, and deserved what they earned, all three points. Bahia are on 28 points from 23 matches in the championship, in the middle of the table. As for 18-year-old Ramires, if he repeats his debut performance (he played for 74 minutes), he will soon become a fans-favorite, and attract interest from much bigger clubs. Only time will tell…
Previous five matches:
Atletico Mineiro vs Sao Paulo 1-0
Sao Paulo vs Fluminense 1-1
Sao Paulo vs Ceara 1-0
Parana vs Sao Paulo 1-1
Sao Paulo vs Chapecoense 2-0
Bahia vs Sport Recife 2-0
Atletico Paranaense vs Bahia 2-0
Ceara vs Bahia 0-2
Santos vs Bahia 2-0
Bahia vs Internacional 0-1
Sao Paulo’s next game is at Santos, next Sunday. Same day, Bahia will be hosting Palmeiras (both Série A matches).
Sao Paulo vs Bahia: Head to head Stats
Three wins for Sao Paulo, one for Bahia, and a draw, in the last five games between these two at Morumbi.
Sao Paulo vs Bahia: Prediction
Sao Paulo must, absolutely must, bounce back. The pressure is big, but I trust them to win this game.
Sao Paulo vs Bahia: Betting Tips
A simple Sao Paulo win is at 1.44, only. Their clean sheet is at 1.72. These two combined, offer a decent 2.05.