2019 Brazilian Serie A – Gremio vs Sao Paulo Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Gremio vs Sao Paulo kick off? Sunday 1st December, 2019 – 22:00 (UK)

Where is Gremio vs Sao Paulo being played? Arena do Grêmio

What TV channel is Gremio vs Sao Paulo on? Premiere FC, SporTV (Brazil)

Where can I stream Gremio vs Sao Paulo? Premiere Play (subscription required)

Where can I get tickets for Gremio vs Sao Paulo? https://arenapoa.com.br/

THE TEAM NEWS

GREMIO

  • Gremio sit in 4th place of the standings with 59 points and right now they own the final direct berth to the 2019 Copa Libertadores group stage. However, they are coming off a 2-0 away loss at Athletico-PR and have lost two of their last three Serie A matches. They are W3, L2 in their last five games, though, so there is no reason to panic yet.
  • Leo Gomes, Luan, Thaciano and Marcelo Oliveira are all ruled out for this match through injury, while Matheus Henrique. Maicon and Leo Moura have recovered from their knocks and are available. Diego Tardelli has been suspended and three players – Felipe Vizeu, André and Patrick – are alternatives to replace him upfront.

Expected starting XI: Paulo Victor; Léo Moura, Pedro Geromel, Walter Kannemann, Bruno Cortez; Maicon, Michel, Alisson, Luciano, Everton; Felipe Vizeu.

SAO PAULO

  • Sao Paulo are two points behind their rivals and remain alive in the race for a 2020 Copa Libertadores group stage berth. They enter this game on a good run of form, though, as they are undefeated in their last three games (W1, D2) and recently beat Vasco (1-0) in their previous match.
  • Tchê Tchê has been suspended for this match and his replacement remains unknown, although Luan and Igor Liziero are vying for the starting role. Everton and Joao Rojas are injured, while Gonzalo Carneiro remains suspended by the league.

Expected starting XI: Tiago Volpi; Juanfran, Bruno Alves, Robert Arboleda, Reinaldo; Igor Liziero (Luan), Igor Gomes; Antony, Dani Alves, Vítor; Pablo

THE PREDICTION

This match will be one of the most interesting during this weekend in the Brazilian Serie A, as both clubs are vying for a spot in the 2020 Copa Libertadores group stage. Gremio are coming off two losses in their last three matches, while Sao Paulo are on a three-game undefeated streak entering this match. Gremio own a stronger attack – 57 goals scored against Sao Paulo’s 35 – but Sao Paulo currently have the best defence in the league with only 25 goals conceded. As such, these two teams match up quite well with each other, and that could see them cancel each other out.

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