Atletico Mineiro, the defending Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A champions, will play Sao Paulo on Sunday at Mineirao and are aiming for first place.
Before this match, Atletico had a two-point deficit to league-leading Palmeiras, while Sao Paulo had lost just once in their previous seven road games.
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In the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday, Mineiro outlasted a tenacious Emelec team after a long period of constant attack, won 1-0 and moving on 2-1 overall after converting a 79th-minute penalty.
Once that obstacle has been overcome, Antonio Mohamed and his team will turn their attention to the league, where Galo has scored in five straight games.
Palestra made two mistakes, which put them in the center of a competitive Serie A championship battle where the top four teams are all separated by just one victory.
Around this time in their championship-winning season, they made their move, taking the league lead on matchday 15 and holding it the rest of 2021 to win their first domestic championship in 50 years.
They have a propensity to advance the ball up the field under Mohamed, and one of the best Serie A teams at progressive passing.
Galo have not lost at home in Serie A since may, but they occasionally needed luck and toughness to come away with three points.
Late in May, they defeated Avaid after coming back from a goal down, and then, within a half-hour of falling behind by two goals, they defeated Fortaleza with three goals.
In terms of defense, Atletico Madrid has played Sao Paulo at home without losing since 2017, and they have only given up one goal during that time.
They took a 2-0 lead into halftime in their Copa Sudamericana match against Universidad Catolica before cruising to a comfortable 4-1 victory, winning the tie to rapidly dispel any concerns about their ability to seal the deal.
This group is currently playing with a tremendous amount of confidence thanks to Rogerio Ceni. They don’t appear to be as shy as they did under Hernan Crespo a year ago, and they haven’t shown any hesitation to attack teams down the center.
They have been able to get into a good routine on the pitch by finding the target first, scoring in the first 30 minutes in three straight games and losing just once in their previous 12 games overall when they have scored the opening goal.
The fact that they are currently seventh in the table is a significant improvement from where they were in 2021, when they spent the most of their first 19 games trying to avoid relegation.
In their games over the previous week, six different players have scored, displaying a strong team effort and contributions from every player that have put them in the mix for certain awards this year.
We anticipate a cagey contest despite the quality of attack on both sides since Sao Paulo like to play close and is less aggressive away from home while Mineiro takes a while to settle into a game.
Galo should be able to just about upset Tricolor Paulista with the additional two days of rest because they consistently perform well at home.