Sao Paulo vs Ponte Preta
Competition: Brazil Serie A
Date: 10 September 2017
Kick-off: 00:00 CET
What a horrible season to be a Sao Paulo supporter… Every game week that passes, the… unthinkable becomes all the more… thinkable. Not even the change of coaches proved capable of shifting Sao Paulo’s fortunes. Just before the international break they lost 4-2 at Palmeiras, and they now find themselves in the penultimate spot in the table(!), higher only than Atletico Goianiense. During last week, coach Dorival Junior tried all sorts of new things in training, avoiding giving clear signals of whom he intends to… sacrifice. He has implied that changes will be made, compared to the lineup against Palmeiras, but has avoided opening his cards, he even restricted the access reporters usually have to Sao Paulo training sessions, keeping that to just above minimum.
Ponte Preta’s 2-1 home defeat to Atletico Mineiro two weeks ago brought all sorts of problems to the team. Not only they were left 13th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone, but coach Gilson Kleina got in major trouble for… well, many reasons. The referee wrote in his report that Ponte Preta’s coach used obscene language while asking for a penalty for his team. Kleina is also accused of being disrespectful to the fourth official, and the fact that he kicked a microphone doesn’t help his case. He is going to face the disciplinary committee this Tuesday, just before Ponte Preta’s Copa Sudamericana game at Sport Recife. He could get banned for up to six matches, which is the last thing Ponte Preta need at this point, flirting with falling under the relegation line.
Previous 5 matches:
Palmeiras vs Sao Paulo 4-2
Avai vs Sao Paulo 1-1
Sao Paulo vs Cruzeiro 3-2
Bahia vs Sao Paulo 2-1
Sao Paulo vs Coritiba 1-2
Ponte Preta vs Atletico Mineiro 1-2
Ponte Preta vs Botafogo 2-1
Sport Recife vs Ponte Preta 0-0
Ponte Preta vs Fluminense 0-0
Ponte Preta vs Vasco da Gama 0-0
Sao Paulo’s next game is at Vitoria, next Sunday. Earlier, on Wednesday, Ponte Preta will be visiting Sport Recife, the first leg of a Copa Sudamericana last 16 tie.
Sao Paulo vs Ponte Preta: Head to head Stats
Four wins for Sao Paulo and one for Ponte Preta in the last five games between these two with Sao Paulo as hosts. Three of those five matches went over 2.5 goals.
Sao Paulo vs Ponte Preta: Prediction
Can this season’s Sao Paulo, even this Sao Paulo, fail to win this game? They have committed… similar ‘crimes’ against their own selves before, so… at this point, you have to consider them capable of anything. Even so, deep down, I feel I have to back them to win, taking into consideration Ponte Preta’s troubles as well, plus, their midweek Copa Sudamericana game at Sport Recife.
Sao Paulo vs Ponte Preta: Betting Tips
A simple Sao Paulo win doesn’t pay more than 1.55. For much more than that, I’m going with Sao Paulo and over 2.5 combined goals, at 2.70, having in mind that five of their last six matches had lots of goals, plus, Ponte Preta’s last two games went over 2.5 goals as well.
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