Back to square one, Palmeiras faces Flamengo this Sunday, November 12, for the thirty-fourth round of the Brazilian Championship version 2018. The match will be held at Allianz Parque, in São Paulo, and will start scheduled for 5:00 pm ).
The recent performance of Palmeiras
The Verdão situation is similar to that of six rounds ago, when coach Cuca was fired and assistant Alberto Valentin was placed as commander. The atmosphere changed radically with three wins and a draw that, coupled with a bad sequence of Corinthians, led Palmeiras to assume the vice-leadership of the Brasileirão and reduce to five positions the difference in relation to the leader, who got to be in 17 to the throughout the tournament.
When he had a chance to shorten that distance to two points, Palmeiras failed. It took 3 to 2 of Corinthians, in the stadium of the rival, and showed not to have had the forces to react in the following commitment. On Wednesday, November 9, he took 3 to 1 of Vitória in Salvador. The defeat for a team that was in the relegation zone and did not win in his stadium three months ago made Valentin’s speech when he took office was resumed. The goal now is to secure a place among the top four and, thus, put Palmeiras directly in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores of America.
The team is at the limit to reach this goal. He completed the thirty-third round in fourth place with 54 points (16 wins, six draws and 11 losses). His main pursuer is Botafogo, fifth placed with 51 points, but Flamengo is also eyeing this wave.
To try to ‘discard’ a rival in this battle, Valentin can count on the return of striker Deyverson. After being expelled in the match against Corinthians, he fulfilled suspension in Salvador and already has conditions to act. It may be the option for the commando of the attack, since the Colombian Borja is serving his selection in preparatory friendly for the 2018 World Cup.
The same happens with defender Mina, whose substitution is much more difficult. Juninho, the chosen one for the match in Salvador, has not had good performances and this has exposed a deficiency of the team, that took a more daring position since the change of command, but took eight goals in the last three games.
Who can also gain a place in the starting lineup is Felipe Melo. Not that he has done great performances since arriving at Palmeiras. On the contrary, he was much more involved in extracellular problems than acting as efficiency. However, it was chosen as a symbol of the race that the fans believe to be missing in the squad and placed as needed to the starting line in the protest made with graffiti in the Palmeiras stadium after the defeat in Salvador. It remains to be seen if Valentin will give in to the pressure, since after the fall of income can hardly achieve his goal that is to be effective in the position for the season 2018.
The current form of Flamengo
The rubro-negros, unlike the Palmeirenses, received an injection of spirit when defeating, also on Wednesday night, the Cruzeiro. On the Island of Urubu, he scored 2-0. With that, he remained in seventh place with 50 points (13 wins, 11 draws and nine losses).
More than the soccer demonstrated, the result was valued by the many embezzlements faced by the technician Reinaldo Rueda. The defenders Juan and Rever, injured, were out of the game; left-back Trauco, who is serving the Peruvian national team in the replay of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup; midfielder Diego, called by the Brazilian team for friendly matches; and striker Paolo Guerrero, suspended for 30 days after being caught using illegal substance on anti-doping tests. That aside from Berrio, who is out of action until the end of the season due to the serious injury.
Neither of them should be released to perform this Sunday. Thus, Rueda does not have many options to change the squad of the team. The only doubt created in relation to the starting team was in relation to the young Vinicius Júnior. The revelation of the base divisions, which had already been negotiated with Real Madrid, made the second goal of the duel against Cruzeiro entering with ten minutes to go.
The fans ask that they have more time to play. However, the trainer’s behavior does not indicate that the athlete will be qualified as a starter this Sunday to try to help the club improve its performance as a visitor, who is considered weak. The rubro-negro is only the fourteenth place in this category and has lost four of his last five games as column two.
History of the bouts between Palmeiras and Flamengo
The Albverde won 21 of the meetings he had with Rubro-negro in the Brasileirão. Flamengo won 16 times, number less than equal, which were recorded in 19 matches. In the first round of the Brazilian Championship of 2017 there was a tie by 2 to 2.
Consistency has been a rare occurrence in both clubs, which fluctuated a lot throughout the Brasileirão presenting more lows than highs. By playing at home, Palmeiras seems to be the best guess. It has a price of 2.00 in Bet365. Draw returns 3.30 and successful visitor yields 3.75 for 1.