Goias vs Sao Paulo
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Thursday, 2 May 2019
Kick-Off 01:30 UK / 02:30 CET
Venue: Estadio de Serrinha (Goiania).
Both Goias and Sao Paulo clinched clean sheet wins in their opening round fixtures at the weekend and they will both come into mid-week’s tie at Estadio de Serrinha high on confidence.
Esmeraldinho returned to the elite class of Brazilian football after four years and they made a stunning start shocking Fluminense 0-1 away at Maracana.
Goalkeeper Tadeu was the hero for Goais as he denied Lucian’s penalty late in the first half. The match-winner was scored one minute from time by substitute Rafael Vaz.
The win at Maracan came out of nowhere for Esmeraldinho who previously fell badly (0-4 on aggregate) to Atletico GO in the Campeonato Goiano 1 final.
Goias vs Sao Paulo: Head-to-head
Sao Paulo have a positive head to head record in the history of meetings with Esmeraldinho.
Tricolor lead the tie by 5 wins coming into 31st encounter with Goais.
Only one of past six H2H affairs saw goals scored at both ends.
Goias vs Sao Paulo: Prediction
Sao Paulo enjoyed a strong run in the previous term of Serie A. They finished the overwhelming season at sky-high 5th place. Nevertheless, Cuca’s men failed to make it to Copa Libertadores group phase losing the second round clash to Argentinian Talleres de Cordoba back in February.
The visitors did fix the impression with a decent Campeonato Paulista A1 run. They eliminated current Serie A holders Palmeiras on penalties in the semi-final (0-0 on aggregate). However, their rock-solid defensive line could not keep things completely tight in the final against Corinthians (1-2 on aggregate).
Tricolor’s main strength lies at the back and Goais will no doubts struggle to create in the final third here. However, Sao Paulo did very little at the opposite end in previous months. They scored just one goal in four games before a 2-0 victory over Botafogo at the start of the new Serie A campaign on Saturday night.
Under 2.5 goals FT is a huge banker at the odds of 1.61 here. Braver tipsters can even try with a goalless draw at 8.00 odds.
Goias vs Sao Paulo: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.61 (8/13)
0-0 Correct Score @ 8.00 (7/1).