Internacional vs Sao Paulo
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Sunday, 14 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borda (Porto Alegre).
Both Internacional and Sao Paulo are enjoying fantastic runs in this term of Serie A. The hosts, who featured the second tier of Brazilian football last year, sit as high as second in the top flight standings with ten games left to play. It’s fair to say they well overwhelmed pre-season ambitions as Colorado’s battle for the title is still ongoing in spite of last weekend’s defeat to Sport Recife.
The team led by Odair Hellmann is three points shy of Palmeiras at the very top of the ladder and they head into this Sao Paulo tie as clear favourites following the superb form they have in matches at Estadio Jose Pinheiro Borda. Internacional made their home patch a real fortress having won 10 and drawn 3 of 13 matches there so far in the season.
Internacional vs Sao Paulo: Head-to-head
The hosts have a chance to make it all square at 14 wins apiece in H2H record against Sao Paulo with a three-pointer on Sunday.
Their lone head to head encounter from this season saw a goalless draw at Morumbi back in early-June.
All but one of last seven head affairs saw fewer than three goals scored.
Internacional vs Sao Paulo: Prediction
Sao Paulo also confounded their pre-season expectations and they are on the best way to secure the Copa Libertadores qualification for the next term. However, we must mention their form has seen a bit of a slide over the last couple of weeks, hence the drop to the fourth place in the league ladder.
Tricolor are by no means outside of the title challenge, though, being just a single point below their Sunday opponents in spite of a streak of four games without a win in the division. The most recent of failures came seven days ago when Diego Aguirre’s men fell 0-2 at home to table-toppers Palmeiras.
Sao Paulo shipped five goals in last three league games. They also scored no more than three in last four league ties. It’s certainly not the kind of form you want to have ahead of the trip to Porto Alegre where Internacional conceded only 4 goals in 13 games this season.
We expect the visitors to struggle to create in the final third, Internacional’s clean sheet being the best of betting options here.
Internacional vs Sao Paulo: Bet Tips
Internacional to win 2.10 (11/10)
Internacional to keep a clean sheet @ 2.20 (6/5).