Athletico Paranaense vs Palmeiras
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Wednesday, 19 August 2020
Kick-Off at 23:30 UK/ 24:30 CET
Venue: Arena da Baixada (Curitiba)
Two top performers of last season will meet at Curitiba this Wednesday. The home team suffered their first defeat of the season in the last matchday against giants Santos. This put an end to the two-match winning streak they had and their chances of going on top of the table. The scoring rate has been well but the three goals they gave away to Santos made it four goals conceded this season.
Palmeiras finished third last season, but the start of this one was below expectations. They have never lost any game but the draws to Fluminense and the Goias have pushed them down to thirteen in the table. So this game is a do or die situation for the Big Green if they wish to get back in the title race.
Athletico Paranaense vs Palmeiras: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The Big Green is unbeaten in four previous meetings with this opposition.
- They have three wins and a loss in the last five games with Athletico.
- Fewer than 2.5 goals were scored in the last three meetings across all venues.
- Palmeiras has two wins and a defeat in five previous trips to this ground.
- More than 2.5 goals were scored in three of those five matches here.
Athletico Paranaense vs Palmeiras: Prediction
Many big names in Brazilian football have been poor at the start of this new season. Athletico did well winning both their opening games but the recent away defeat to Santos has ended the winning run. But they are still unbeaten at home so far. Even though Palmeiras has been drawing consecutive games, they have a good record against this opposition. They are unbeaten in the three previous head to head matches across different venues.
But in their present form, the Big Green will have to work hard to defeat a team that lost previously here last October. But there will be no shortage of goals. Both of them have already scored in all their matches this season. Also, they both found the target in their last two meetings at this ground. So I am backing the match to draw with both sides getting goals.
Athletico Paranaense vs Palmeiras: Betting Tips
Match to Draw @ 3.10 (21/10).
Both teams to score @ 1.95 (10/11).