Sao Paulo vs Vitoria
Competition: Brazilian Serie A
Date: 9 June 2017
Kick-off: 00:30 CET
So what if they had two wins in a row at home, one of those over Palmeiras? The moment Sao Paulo left Morumbi to visit Ponte Preta, it was like they… left behind their winning attitude. Defeat, 1-0, and new rumors about what is going wrong at the club. One thing is for sure, the last 48 hours were full of news. Attacking midfielder Maicosuel agreed to join the team, coming from Atletico Mineiro. Lucas Pratto’s presence at Morumbi is ‘non-negotiable’ until the end of 2017, according to the president of Sao Paulo, amid rumors that he could be transferred to a Mexican club. Coach Rogerio Ceni had a father-son talk with defensive midfielder Thiago Mendes, trying to persuade him not to move to Lille, who are super close to signing right winger Luiz Araujo as well, after raising their offer to 10.5 million euros earlier this week. Left winger Ricardo Centurion is days away from being transferred to Boca Juniors, Sao Paulo expect to make something like 4.5 million euros, and they intend to use that money to sign defensive midfielder Jucilei on a permanent deal. Currently he is playing for them on loan from Chinese side Shandong Luneng.
Vitoria have just one point in four games so far, and they decided to terminate the Dejan Petkovic experiment. The former Flamengo ace was hired earlier last month as a football director, but for a series of reasons he ended up coaching the team these last weeks. On Monday he was sitting next to Alexandre Gallo, the new coach of the team, in a Press conference, as the club’s football director, a position to which he returned, after his not really successful attempt at coaching. The first thing Gallo wants to do, as he said, is help the team boost their self-confidence. He said he feels the team are better than what their one-point tally shows, but deep down he must know that without new arrivals of as quality as possible players, Vitoria will struggle big time to avoid relegation.
Sao Paulo vs Vitoria: Head-to-head Stats
Sao Paulo have an incredible record when hosting Vitoria. Eleven wins in eleven matches, and a total score of 27-9. Doesn’t get much better than this.
Sao Paulo vs Vitoria: Prediction
Sao Paulo should win. Despite their ups and downs, at least at home they have shown their quality, or at least bits of that. Plus, they are hosting one of the league’s poorest sides. They really should win.
Sao Paulo vs Vitoria: Tips
Sao Paulo’s win pays 1.50. For something over 2.00, I’m backing then to win and keep a clean sheet, at 2.25. They looked solid defensively in their previous home games, while Vitoria have scored one goal in four games, and that was against Fluminense, who seem ‘willing’ to concede in every single match.