On Wednesday night, Fluminense will visit Sao Paulo, with both teams hoping to secure a crucial win as the Brasileiro season finishes. The eighth and tenth-place teams have at least one game remaining against some of the teams above them, and their difference in the standings is just one point.
Fluminense vs Sao Paulo
Following their Copa Libertadores victory at the beginning of the month, Fluminense’s remaining games may seem slightly hazy because they have already qualified for the 2024 edition.
The three-game winning streak they are currently enjoying is their longest since late August and early September, but head coach Fernando Diniz will want to prolong their recent comeback as long as possible.
Fluminense wants to finish in seventh place, and they have the ability to do so with five points separating them from Athletico Paranaense. They came into this game having most recently drawn 1-1 against Flamengo, who are in sixth place.
Diniz, who took command of Brazil’s World Cup qualifying match against Argentina precisely 24 hours prior to this match, is facing an ordinary couple of days. He is fortunate enough to be able to see both of these games at the Maracana, which allows him to man the dugout for the doubleheader.
Like its hosts, Sao Paulo’s 2023 Copa do Brasil title has allowed them to qualify for the Copa Libertadores the following season. However, they also want to continue their recent winning ways, as they have won four straight games in the League.
Sao Paulo has two 1-0 wins under Dorival Junior’s direction over Cruzeiro and RB Bragantino, in addition to away draws with Athletico Paranaense and Santos. The club has a lot of work ahead of them at this moment, as their goal is to take seventh place in the league standings. Dorival is excited to lead Tricolor Paulista to a better spot this season and is driven to surpass their ninth-place result from 2022.
When they meet in the Maracana, the two can put on an entertaining show because they are only separated by one point at the lower part of the top half of the table.
As evidenced by the 3-1 victory for Fluminense in their most recent meeting at this location, five of the previous seven meetings between these two have featured three goals or more, proving that they know how to put on a show.
Sao Paulo has been in impressive form at home since the beginning of this season. They have won five of their six home matches so far this campaign.
Meanwhile, Fluminense is having an inconsistent form on the road. They won one, drew one, and lost three of their five road trips this season.
Sao Paulo is likely to seal a win on Saturday, considering all these observations. An unimpressive Fluminense will add more to the chances for Sao Paulo here.
Tip: Sao Paulo to Win / Over 2.5 Goals
Sao Paulo to win – ❌
Over 2.5 Goals – ❌
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