Corinthians v Sao Paulo- Sunday 26th June-Estadio does Pacaembu (21:00)
The Brazilian Serie A is in full flight and things are starting to take shape in the top half of the table. These two teams will be looking for an improved performance compared to last season. Both teams are title contenders and will be looking to maintain that stature.
Corinthians will be out to go one step further than last campaign as they finished in 3rd spot with a miserly 3 points separating them and current champions Fluminense. The club is in high spirits as they are coming off an impressive 2-0 victory over the champions and this can only bolster confidence amongst the players. Corinthians are unbeaten thus far in the league and currently occupy 4th spot on the table. The club is proving to be a dominant force at their home ground as they have won their last two home games convincingly and will be out to make it a third straight home victory. Manager Tite has experience in abundance as he has spent more than 10 years in the Brazilian league and has won countless cups and titles. Tite will be out to bring back the glory days of the club as they last won the league in 2005. Their most recent cups came in 2009 when they did the double, winning the Copa do Brasil and the Campeonato Paulista and manager Tite would be highly delighted if he and his squad could imitate the crop of 2009.
Sao Paulo has signaled their intent for this campaign as they remain unbeaten and have brushed aside all that stood before them. They currently top the table and are more than value for their position as they have recorded the most goals scored and the least goals conceded. The club has plenty of experience at their disposal as they have Brazilian legend Rivaldo and Brazilian international Luis Fabiano in their ranks. Both players have plied their trade in the highest level of football and manager Paulo César Carpegiani will be looking to these players to guide them to their seventh title as they last won the championship in 2008. The club didn’t have the best of season’s last term as they finished in a dismal 9th spot. Paulo César Carpegiani stated that his team are well motivated and are in a rich vein of form, but has warned his players not to get complacent as the season still has a long way to go and that it is not a sprint but a marathon.
Both teams are in good form and are currently unbeaten. They will be going all out to keep this record intact. Sao Paulo should just have the edge in this encounter. An away win is on the cards.