2019 Brazilian Serie A – Palmeiras vs Flamengo Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Palmeiras vs Flamengo kick off? Sunday 1st December, 2019 – 19:00 (UK)

Where is Palmeiras vs Flamengo being played? Allianz Parque

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

Where can I stream Palmeiras vs Flamengo? Premiere Play (subscription required)

Where can I get tickets for Palmeiras vs Flamengo? https://www.futebolcard.com/information?event=6651

THE TEAM NEWS

PALMEIRAS

  • Palmeiras do not have much to play for ahead of this contest. With three games left to end the 2019 Brazilian Serie A season, they have already conquered a spot in the 2020 Copa Libertadores group stage. It is worth noting, however, that they enter this game on a four-game winless streak (D2, L2) including back-to-back defeats, and they are coming off a 1-0 away loss to Fluminense the last time out.
  • Palmeiras should be close to full strength, although they will have one confirmed absentee in Gustavo Gomez. The Paraguay international suffered a knee injury weeks ago, and he has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2019 calendar year. Miguel Ángel Borja, on the other hand, has been listed as questionable and will be a game-time decision.

Expected starting XI: Weverton; Mayke, Luan, Vítor Hugo, Víctor Luis; Thiago Santos, Matheus Fernandes; Raphael Veiga, Willian, Hyoran; Luiz Adriano

FLAMENGO

  • It seems no team in the world can stop Flamengo at the moment. They already won the league title, but they remain motivated and have not lost a Serie A match since the beginning of August. They are coming off a huge 4-1 home win over Ceara, and they have averaged 2.6 goals scored per game in their last five league matches.
  • Star forward Gabriel Barbosa did not play against Ceara but he should be available ahead of this contest. The rest of the squad is fit and available, meaning manager Jorge Jesus will be able to field his best XI if he decides to do so.

Expected starting XI: Diego Alves; Rafinha, Pablo Marí, Rodrigo Caio, Filipe Luís; Gerson, Willian Arao; Éverton Ribeiro, Georgian De Arrascaeta, Bruno Henrique; Gabriel Barbosa

THE PREDICTION

Palmeiras might sit third in the standings but they have been playing poorly in recent weeks and they may lack motivation ahead of this match considering they already clinched a Copa Libertadores spot for next season. The same could be said about a Flamengo side that already won the league title, but the visitors enter this game on an impressive 27-game undefeated streak in all competitions and also have the stronger squad overall. Considering recent form and the motivation levels from both sides, Flamengo should face few problems in securing another win here.

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