2019 Brazilian Serie A – Corinthians vs Fluminense Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Corinthians vs Fluminense kick off? Sunday 8th December, 2019 – 19:00 (UK)

Where is Corinthians vs Fluminense being played? Arena Corinthians (São Paulo, São Paulo)

What TV channel is Corinthians vs Fluminense on? Premiere FC (Brazil)

Where can I stream Corinthians vs Fluminense? Premiere Play (Brazil – subscription required)

Where can I get tickets for Corinthians vs Fluminense? https://www.ingressoscorinthians.com.br/

THE TEAM NEWS

CORINTHIANS

  • Corinthians have secured a spot in the 2020 Copa Libertadores qualifying play-offs, but it remains to be seen whether they will end the season in seventh or eighth place. They are coming off a 1-0 away win at Ceara the last time out, but they have won just two of their last five league matches (W2, D1, L2) so their for remains inconsistent.
  • Danilo Avelar has been listed as questionable ahead of this contest, and he will be a game-time decision for the coaching staff. Everaldo and Leo Santos have already been ruled out due to injury while Clayson is suspended and will not be playing in the season finale. Mauro Boselli or Gustagol will be play up front, but the manager has not decided which will get the nod yet.

Expected starting XI: Cássio; Fagner, Manoel, Gil, Danilo Avelar (Carlos Augusto); Gabriel, Urso; Janderson, Pedrinho, Vagner Love; Boselli (Gustagol)

FLUMINENSE

  • Fluminense have not decided their fate for the 2020 season yet and while they already avoided relegation, they are fighting it out with Rio-based rivals Botafogo for the final 2020 Copa Sudamericana berth. Fluminense have the edge over them and enter this game on a five-game undefeated streak (W2, D3) following midweek’s 0-0 draw at home against Fortaleza.
  • Ganso, Digao, Dodi and Rodolfo are suspended for this match. As if that wasn’t enough, Muriel, Orinho, Mascarenhas and Matheus Ferraz have all been ruled out due to several injuries so they are somewhat depleted.

Expected starting XI: Marcos Felipe; Gilberto, Nino, Frazan, Caio Henrique; Yuri Lima, Daniel; Wellington Ném, Nené, Yony González; Marcos Paulo

THE PREDICTION

Both teams have something to play for ahead of the regular season finale, but there is no question Corinthians are the better team here. They play at home – where they lost just once all season long and feature a W10, D7, L1 mark – and face a Fluminense team that has already lost 10 times on the road during the current Serie A campaign (W5, D3, L10). Fluminense have not lost in their last four matches against Corinthians in all competitions (W2, D2), but Corinthians will be just too much to handle for them right now especially with Flu missing so many players.

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