Sao Paulo vs Corinthians Match Preview
It’s the Classico Majestoso on Sunday, as Sao Paulo meet Corinthians with the two teams in need of wins for differing reasons. Infogol’s Analyst will aim to use expected goals (xG) and data points to select the best bets for the match.
Sao Paulo gained a much needed win last time out against Vitoria, beating their fellow strugglers 2-1. That remain in the bottom four, and still in desperate need of wins if they are to avoid an embarrassing relegation.
Infogol calculates that from their performance so far this season, they should be 9th in the league, suggesting that they have been unlucky. They have been consistent in recent weeks in terms of creating chances, something that, if maintained, should be enough to see them survive.
They have shown that they are vulnerable in defence also, conceding plenty of chances to their opponents. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last nine matches in the league, and that is expected to continue in this match.
Corinthians still lead the way at the top of Brazil’s Serie A, and have a 10 point cushion after results went there way last weekend. They beat Vasco thanks to a dubious goal from Jo, and a goal which has spurred the Brazilian FA to introduce the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in this weekend’s games, even before a trial period.
Their performances in recent matches have been very impressive, and have warranted more points than they have accrued. They have looked very threatening in attack in those games, generating plenty of high-quality scoring chances.
Having been knocked out of the Copa Sudamericana in midweek, the league is now their only priority and their only chance of silverware this season. This will be a tough test though, and an exciting game awaits.
Two teams at opposite ends of the table meet, and both have been performing well in recent weeks. Expect a high-scoring game between these two teams, with Sao Paulo expected to come out on top.
Over 2.5 goals @ 5/4
BTTS @ 10/11
Sao Paulo @ 6/5