2019 Brazilian Serie A – Cruzeiro vs Palmeiras Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

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

Where is Cruzeiro vs Palmeiras being played? Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto (Belo Horizonte)

What TV channel is Cruzeiro vs Palmeiras on? Premiere FC (Brazil)

Where can I stream Cruzeiro vs Palmeiras? Premiere Play (Brazil – subscription required)

Where can I get tickets for Cruzeiro vs Palmeiras? https://www.futebolcard.com/information?event=6728

THE TEAM NEWS

CRUZEIRO

  • Cruzeiro enter this game with their backs against the wall as they must win and wait for a Ceara defeat to avoid relegation and if only one of those two conditions does not happen, O Raposa will play in the Serie B next season for the first time in club history. Cruzeiro enter this game on a four-game losing streak following Thursday’s 2-0 away defeat at Gremio.
  • Dede and Rodriguinho have been listed as injured ahead of this match and they won’t be playing while Egidio was sent off in the previous match and will be suspended for this contest.

Expected starting XI: Fábio; Edilson, Cacá, Léo, Luis Orejuela; Henrique, Ariel Cabral; Éderson; Pedro Rocha, Fred, David

PALMEIRAS

  • Palmeiras have already secured a spot in the 2020 Copa Libertadores group stage, but they are fighting for second place with Santos. O Verdao enter this match following a morale-boosting 5-1 home win over Goias the last time out and that result snapped their three-game losing streak.
  • Palmeiras will be without Gustavo Gomez, as the Paraguay international was ruled out for the remainder of the year with a knee injury a few weeks ago. Gustavo Scarpa, Vítor Hugo and Hyoran have also been ruled out. Antônio Carlos is doubtful and if he cannot go, then Edu Dracena would get the start at centre-back.

Expected starting XI: Weverton; Marcos Rocha, Luan, Antônio Carlos (Edu Dracena), Diogo Barbosa; Matheus Fernandes, Bruno Henrique; Raphael Veiga, Lucas Lima, Zé Rafael; Dudu

THE PREDICTION

Cruzeiro have been underperforming when faced with the pressure of relegation, and that is unlikely to change here. Considering Palmeiras also have a clear objective on their minds, the visitors should not have major problems to secure the win here. The hosts will have to play positively but that might not be enough given all the problems they have had of late, especially on the defensive side of the ball. As a result, don’t be surprised if the 2020 Serie B season features Cruzeiro since they are quite unlikely to escape that fate in the final match of this year’s Serie A campaign.

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