2019 Brazilian Serie A – Fluminense vs Palmeiras Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Fluminense vs Palmeiras kick off? Thursday 28th November, 2019 – 22:30 (UK)

Where is Fluminense vs Palmeiras being played? Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracaná)

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Fluminense vs Palmeiras? Tickets can only be purchased at the stadium or in authorized selling points. There will not be online ticket sales

THE TEAM NEWS

FLUMINENSE

  • Fluminense are coming off a huge 1-0 away win over CSA Alagoano the last time out, and that result ended a two-game winless skid (D1, L1). They have a W2, D2, L1 mark in their last five league matches, and Fluminense enter this game sitting in 15th place of the standings with 38 points. They are just two points above the relegation zone with three games to play.
  • Yuri has been suspended for this contest after picking up a third straight yellow card, and Airton is expected to replace him. Muriel, Matheus Ferraz, Orinho and Mascarenhas have all been ruled out through injury.

Expected starting XI: Marcos Felipe; Gilberto, Nino, Digão, Caio Henrique; Airton, Allan; Daniel, Ganso; Yony González, Marcos Paulo

PALMEIRAS

  • Palmeiras are coming off a 2-1 home defeat against Gremio, and that result ended the team’s impressive nine-game undefeated streak (W6, D3). They only need one more point in the league’s final four matches to secure a spot in the 2019 Copa Libertadores group stage, so their motivation should be average. However, they are backed up by a solid run of form both away from home, where they have a four-game undefeated streak, and overall (W2, D2, L1 in their last five outings).
  • Palmeiras should have few absentees ahead of this match, although two veterans have already been ruled out in Ramires and Luiz Adriano. Star centre-back Gustavo Gomez has been listed as out as well, and he will only be eligible to return in 2020. Felipe Melo should be available after returning to the training sessions this Monday.

Expected starting XI: Weverton; Marcos Rocha, Luan, Vítor Hugo, Diogo Barbosa; Thiago Santos, Bruno Henrique; Dudú, Lucas Lima, Zé Rafael; Miguel Ángel Borja

THE PREDICTION

Palmeiras have a psychological advantage on paper since they have won four of the last five H2H meetings against Fluminense – including this season’s previous encounter – and if we consider both sides enter this game with the same five-game form, things should be quite tight. Palmeiras have been far better all season long, though, and Fluminense enter this contest on a four-game winless run at home (D3, L1), while Palmeiras are undefeated in their last four away matches (W2, D2). The visitors should secure the win here, although the game should be quite close.

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