Corinthians vs Gremio
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Saturday, 18 August 2018
Kick-Off at 23:00 UK / 00:00 CET
Venue: Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo.
Corinthians host Gremio in one of the most exciting clashes of the round in Serie A on Saturday evening in Sao Paulo. The reigning champions can’t afford a defeat here given they are seven points behind Imortal Tricolor who sit fourth after 18 rounds of the competition.
The good news for Osmar Loss’ side is the fact they are unbeaten in front of the home fans this season, having picked up five wins and four draws so far. They will also come into the match with an improved confidence after beating Chapecoense in the reverse fixture of the Copa do Brasil quarterfinal on Wednesday evening.
Gremio, on the other side, failed to make it to the semi-final of the cup after falling 1-0 away at Flamengo in mid-week (2-1 loss on aggregate), but they’ve won three and drawn one of last four league outings.
Corinthians vs Gremio: Head-to-head
- Imortal Tricolor lead the head to head tie by three wins ahead of their 34th encounter with Corinthians.
- Timao were more successful in matches on the home patch, though, winning 8 and losing only 4 of 17.
- None of last four head to head games produced goals at both ends.
- Gremio failed to find the back of the net in each of last two meetings with Timao.
Corinthians vs Gremio: Prediction
Douglas, Jailson, Pepe and Everton notched goals in a demolishing 4-0 victory for Gremio last weekend against Vitoria in Porto Alegre.
Renato Gaucho’s troops are now just five points short of Sao Paulo at the very top of the standing and a victory over the defending champions would be a massive step towards the title contest for Imortal Tricolor.
Corinthians generally played very tight of late as four of last five games they were part of in all competitions saw less than two goals scored.
The tie with Gremio has massive importance for them which is why we expect the continuation of the low-scoring trend in their H2H games.
The Under 2.5 goals FT is thus our main betting option at 1.36, while you can also back the hosts to keep a clean sheet at 2.62 knowing Timao conceded only three goals in nine home games in the league so far in the season.
Corinthians vs Gremio: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals @ 2/5 (1.40)
Corinthians to keep a clean sheet @ 8/5 (2.60).