Aron Wright - September 3, 2018
Santos vs Gremio
Brazil – Serie A
Date: Thursday, 6 September 2018
Kick-Off at 23:00 UK / 00:00 CET
Venue: Estadio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho, Sao Paulo.
Both Santos and Gremio come into Thursday’s derby at Estadio Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho high on confidence after convincing attacking performances in weekend’s drubbings of their respective rivals.
Peixe, who are going through a renaissance period under Renato gaucho, dispatched Vasco da Gama 0-3 on the road marking the third win on the bounce in Serie A.
Imortal Tricolor, on the other side, broke into the top-four in the league ladder with a demolishing 4-0 victory over Botafogo in Porto Alegre.
Santos had a dreadful start to the new season and they’ve been in the drop zone just a few weeks ago.
However, the mentioned streak of three subsequent wins which saw Peixe bag eight goals in the process, climbed them up to 10th place and even the top-six finish is now achievable.
Can Gaucho’s men keep the spell of scintillating form going here against Gremio?
Santos were unbeaten in three games against Imortal Tricolor before suffering a tough 5-1 loss in Porto Alegre in team’s meeting in this term of Serie A.
Trips to Sao Paulo were rarely successful for Gremio who won only 2 of 20 away matches against Peixe.
Both teams were on the scoresheet in four of last five head to head encounters.
All eyes will be on Gabi Gol here after the red-hot Brazilian striker completed a hat-trick in a demolishing victory over Vasco da Gama at the weekend. He took his tally to 10 goals and is well worth bagging as the anytime goalscorer at the sky-high 3.75 odds here.
The visitors also have strong attacking weapons, forward Jael being the most lethal of all. He inspired the 4-0 thumping of Botafogo on Sunday.
We should thus really see the continuation of a high-scoring head to head trend on Thursday evening and Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS is a must-take bet at the sky-high 3.00 odds.
Over 2.5 goals FT & BTTS @ 3.00
Gabriel Barbosa to score anytime @ 3.75.