Palmeiras vs Athletico Paranaense
Brazilian Serie A
Date: Saturday, 8 June 2019
Kick-Off at 20:30 UK / 21:30 CET
Venue: Allianz Parque (Sao Paulo).
Palmeiras began the title defense quest in the strongest of fashions. They won five and drew one of six league games so far in the season and they shipped just two goals in the process. On top of this, the reigning champions easily went into the Copa do Brasil quarter-final past lower-division Sampaio Correa. They also topped their respective Copa Libertadores group with five wins in six matches.
Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men will have a nice chance to keep the stellar form going on Saturday evening when they play host to Atletico Paranaense at Allianz Parque. Furacao will head into this high on confidence following a 3-0 victory over Fluminense in the previous round, but such display will count for little when they go up against the strongest team in the country. Do Atletico have strength to cause Palmeiras any troubles here?
Palmeiras vs Athletico Paranaense: Head-to-head
Verdao earned the domestic double over Atletico Paranaense with two wins by two goals difference in the previous term of Serie A.
Furacao rarely left Allianz Parque undefeated over the course of history (11 losses and just 3 wins in 18 matches).
Both teams scored only once in last six head to head affairs.
Palmeiras vs Athletico Paranaense: Prediction
Atletico Paranaense showed completely opposite faces at home and on the road so far in the season. They were struggling badly to keep things tight at the back in recent travels. Tiago Nunes’ leaky defense allowed three goals in back-to-back away losses to Flamengo (3-2 in Serie A) and River Plate (3-0 in Recopa Sudamericana).
Furacao lost seven and drew two of last nine games on the road across competitions. Given they go up against a side which won ten and drew one of last eleven matches, the comprehensive home win to nil has to be the main betting option here. Palmeiras also have league’s best attacking record with as many as 14 goals scored in 6 games. Verdao won each of three home outings in the competition with a goal difference of 9-0 along the way.