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

THE FACTS

When does Sao Paulo vs Internacional kick off? Thursday 5th December, 2019 – 00:30 (UK)

Where is Sao Paulo vs Internacional being played? Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo (Morumbi) (São Paulo)

What TV channel is Sao Paulo vs Internacional on? Premiere FC (Brazil)

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

Where can I get tickets for Sao Paulo vs Internacional? https://www.totalacesso.com/event/spfc_x_internacional_04122019

THE TEAM NEWS

SAO PAULO

  • Sao Paulo might be coming off a disappointing 3-0 away loss to Gremio the last time out, but they still control their own destiny. Sitting in sixth place with 57 points, they are clinging to the final 2019 Copa Libertadores spot despite winning just one of their last five games (W1, D2, L2). A draw here would be enough to secure that spot.
  • Everton, Jean and Joao Rojas remain injured, and shouldn’t return before the end of the season. Hernanes and Alexandre Pato have been training with the reserve squad so while they might be on the bench, it’s a given they’re not starting this contest. Meanwhile, Gonzalo Carneiro remains suspended.

Expected starting XI: Tiago Volpi; Juanfran, Robert Arboleda, Bruno Alves, Reinaldo; Luan; Antony, Dani Alves, Igor Gomes, Vitor Bueno; Pablo

INTERNACIONAL

  • Internacional are coming off a big 1-0 away win over Botafogo, and that result kept their chances of reaching the 2020 Copa Libertadores alive. They are three points behind the sixth-placed team, Sao Paulo, so they are forced to win here. They enter this match having lost just once in their last four games (W2, D2, L1).
  • Defensive midfielder Rodrigo Dourado headlines the absentees’ list for Internacional. Zeca, William Pottker and Matheus Galdezani are also slated to miss this contest through injury. Andrés D’Alessandro is expected to return after a one-game suspension.

Expected starting XI: Marcelo Lomba; Heitor Fonseca, Rodrigo Moledo, Víctor Cuesta, Uendel; Edenilson, Rodrigo Lindoso, Patrick; Andrés D’Alessandro; Paolo Guerrero, Neilton

THE PREDICTION

These two sides are quite evenly matched, and this is a final for both sides in the race for a 2020 Copa Libertadores spot. Internacional have the edge when it comes to recent form, but Sao Paulo have been better during most of the season and they have clinched 33 of their 57 points at home, while Inter have already lost 10 times on the road this term. It will be a tight game, but Sao Paulo should be considered as the slight favourite.

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