In the midst of a political crisis, Palmeiras will host the Sport on Thursday, November 16, in a match for the thirty-fourth round of the Brazilian Championship 2017 edition. At Allianz Parque, in São Paulo, the match starts at 8:00 p.m. from Brasilia).
The recent performance of Palmeiras
The stadium was the scene of a crowd protest that erupted into violence just before the classic against Flamengo on Sunday, Nov. 12, for the day of number 33. The athletes were called ‘pipoqueiros’ and ‘pamonhas’ and there were injuries caused in players and members of the technical commission for cuts occurred with the breaking of glasses hit by objects thrown during the protest.
This caused the club’s disruption with its organized supporters, who had been taken over by the current board of directors after being disrupted in previous management. The crisis is also behind the scenes, with advisers criticizing the management of President Mauricio Gallioti.
Despite the poor atmosphere, Palmeiras managed to defeat Rio de Janeiro by 2-0 and maintain a chance to reach the modest goal they have left this season: to reach a place among the top four and secure the place in the group stage of the Copa Libertadores of America in 2018.
With 57 points (17 wins, six draws and 11 losses), Palmeiras is third in the standings. It follows under the direction of interim Alberto Valentin, who at no time received signals from the board that could be kept in charge of the team. Thus, it is promoting the return of some players who were being left behind by its predecessor, Cuca.
One of them was the steering wheel Felipe Melo. After long period away was climbed as a starter against Flamengo. He did not make it to the end because of physical limitations, but again he must be related to face the Sport.
The replay of defender Mina and striker Borja, who were serving the Colombian national team in preparatory friendly matches for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, are expected to be rescheduled. They should be evaluated by the physiology department, but will hardly be scheduled for the starting team.
The current form of Sport
The rubro-negro from Pernambuco also has an interim coach. Daniel Paulista was given the task of avoiding relegation to Serie B after Vanderlei Luxemburgo was fired. It has not been successful in this task.
On Sunday, November 12, in Goiânia, the Lion was defeated by Atlético-GO, lantern of Brasileirão, by 2 to 0. Thus, he continued with 36 points (nine wins, nine draws and 16 losses). He continued in the 17th place, the first in the sticking region, but saw his difference in comparison to Vitória, first out of the relegation zone, climbing to three points as the rivals drew 1-1 with Grêmio.
Sport has not won for nine games. There were five losses and four draws. Of that series, four matches were with Luxembourg (two draws and two losses) and five with Daniel Paulista (two draws and three losses).
Besides not improving the level of performance of the club, the interim still saw his defense become the most leaked of the Brasileirão. He suffered 52 goals, even number of Atlético-GO, last place of Brasileirão and virtually relegated to Series B. Only in the period of Daniel Paulista, were nine goals in four games of the tournament. More than two per game, on average.
To try to improve this situation, the coach will be able to count on the return of his double of behind to face Palmeiras. After completing suspension, Henríquez and Durval should resume their points by sending Ronaldo Alves and Neris to the reserve bench.
Another who must return to the team is the Chilean left-back Mena, who is recovered from injury. You can go back to your original position by sending Sander to the reserve or else being placed in midfield.
The most expected reinforcement, however, is midfielder and striker Diego Souza. He was called to serve the Brazilian team in friendly matches in Europe. You must introduce yourself shortly before the match and if you are physically fit to act you will probably be promoted as a starter.
History of the bouts between Palmeiras and Sport
Palmeiras won 17 of their 35 matches against Sport in Brasileirão. The rubro-negros reached the victory in 11 opportunities and the draws were seven. In the first round of the 2017 edition of the competition, the Albverde scored 2 to 0 reaching his third success followed in the duel that does not lose since 2015.
Even if the rival can count on Diego Souza, Palmeiras, at home, follows the best guess for the match. Has a price of 1.44 in Bet365. Draw yields 4.33 and success Pernambuco pays 7.00 for each real bet.