Palmeiras vs Parana
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Sunday, 29 July 2018
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Allianz Parque, Sao Paulo.
Palmeiras suffered a serious blow to their title ambitions losing 1-0 to Fluminense in mid-week fixture and they will be desperate to rebound four days later when they host the relegation-threatened Parana at Allianz Parque. The visitors picked up a huge 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers America Mineiro last weekend, but they could not do much to back it up on Wednesday, expectedly falling 2-0 away at Atletico Mineiro.
Tricolor da Vila do not have much to hope for ahead of the trip to Sao Paulo where they will be up against a much stronger opposition who are in need for points to stay in the race for the silverware. Roger Machado’s men showed a fantastic spirit to clinch the much-needed victory over Atletico Mineiro last weekend when midfielder Bruno Henrique completed a brace, including the 94-th minute winner.
Palmeiras vs Parana: Head-to-head
Palmeiras entirely dominated this match-up over the course of history.
Verdao won 10, drew 2 and lost 4 of 16 meetings with Parana.
The gulf in quality was particularly notable in games at Allianz Parque where Verdao won 6, drew 1 and lost 1 of 8 meetings with Tricolor da Vila.
Palmeiras won four and drew one of last five matches against Parana.
Palmeiras vs Parana: Prediction
Parana are one of the weakest travellers in the league. They come into this with a series of five subsequent defeats on the road, failing to score at all in last four games. They also have a poor head to head record with last term’s runners-up and we just can’t imagine any other scenario but a confident home victory when these two take on each other at Allianz Parque.
Verdao can be baked at 1.40 to win the match, while they are 1.72 to keep a clean sheet here. They are eight points shy of table-toppers Flamengo and anything but a victory over one of the weakest sides in the league would be a disaster. Braver punters can try with the hosts to win by two or more goals difference at the odds of 2.25.
Palmeiras vs Parana: Bet Tips
Palmeiras to win @ 1.40
Palmeiras to keep a clean sheet @ 1.72.