Sao Paulo vs Flamengo
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 5 May 2019
Kick-off: 21:00 CET
Sao Paulo’s win (2.25), and their double chance combined with “over 1.5” (1.93) were the two tips here midweek, when the “Tricolor” visited Goiás. Goals by Alexandre Pato and Jonas Toró in the 31st and 36th minute respectively gave them a 0-2 lead, and they ended up leaving Goiania with all three points, despite seeing Goiás shorten the gap to 1-2 late in the first half. Important goal for Pato, who recently returned to the club, and as a striker he needs goals to help him find rhythm. Sao Paulo are one of the only three teams to have started the Serie A season earning all possible six points from their first two matches. Cuca is expected to have Tiago Volpi, Hudson, Anderson Martins, Bruno Alves, Reinaldo, Liziero, Tchê Tchê, Everton, Antony, Pato and Toró in the starting lineup.
Flamengo are visiting one of Brazil’s most traditional powers, every game against Sao Paulo is a special one, but right now, what Fla’s people have in mind, mostly, is their upcoming match in Montevideo, against Peñarol. Coach Abel Braga did not even try to hide that against Sao Paulo he will field an alternative side, with lots of players who will not be in the first 11 in a few days, in Uruguay. Flamengo need a draw against Peñarol, so as to qualify for the Copa Libertadores last 16. If they lose, and LDU beat San José in Quito, Fla will be left third, which would be a monumental failure for them this season. Midweek, they lost 2-1 at Internacional, a game that could have gone either way. They are expected to start with César, Rodinei, Thuler, Rhodolfo, Trauco, Piris, Ronaldo, Diego, Lucas Silva (or Berrío), Vitinho and Lincoln (or Uribe). You see that this may be an “alternative” lineup, but still, it includes top players, some of whom were regulars last season.
Previous five matches:
Goias vs Sao Paulo 1-2
Sao Paulo vs Botafogo 2-0
Corinthians vs Sao Paulo 2-1
Sao Paulo vs Corinthians 0-0
Palmeiras vs Sao Paulo 0-0
Internacional vs Flamengo 2-1
Flamengo vs Cruzeiro 3-1
LDU Quito vs Flamengo 2-1
Flamengo vs Vasco da Gama 2-0
Vasco da Gama vs Flamengo 0-2
Sao Paulo are visiting Fortaleza next weekend (Serie A). Flamengo are visiting Peñarol on Wednesday.
Sao Paulo vs Flamengo: Head to head Stats
Two wins for the hosts and three draws in the last five games between these two at Morumbi.
Sao Paulo vs Flamengo: Prediction
The hosts are considered favorites to win the game, but personally, I don’t see a winner, no matter if Flamengo will play with several “reserves”.
Sao Paulo vs Flamengo: Betting Tips
“Both teams to score”, at 2.00, is my top choice. Combined with “over 2.5 goals”, it goes up to 2.65.