Reinforced by the ‘cauldron’ of São Januário and defending a long undefeated series, Vasco receives Sao Paulo this Sunday, November 12. The match, which kicks off at 17h (Brasília time), is part of the schedule of the thirty-fourth round of the Brazilian Championship in its 2017 season.
Vasco’s recent performance
The Cruz-Maltinos made their most recent matches as principal in Maracanã. While the club was undergoing a tumultuous election process, the board decided not to use the stadium fearing confrontation between factions. The election has not yet been decided. Although the situation proclaims itself winning, the opposition, which accuses Vasco’s commanders of fraud, fights in court for the annulment of a ballot box considered suspect. If you can, you’ll win the vote. The process will most likely be time-consuming as it is possible to use judicial remedies for both sides.
While the debate around this theme is the center of attention in the club, the players have shown they are not giving much importance to the turmoil outside the four lines. On Wednesday night, Nov. 8, he defeated Santos at Vila Belmiro by 2-1. With that, he had 48 points (13 wins, nine draws and 11 losses), remaining in eighth place.
It is two points behind Flamengo, which closes the zone of classification for the Copa Libertadores of America in the seventh position. Overcoming the rival and entering this block is the great goal of the Basque team that since the technician Zé Ricardo, who was dismissed by the red-blacks, took office only lost a match. This happened on November 17. The team was beaten by Corinthians, by 1 to 0. The paulistas, however, counted on the clear assistance of the referee, who validated a hand made goal by Jô.
Since then, Vasco have played nine games. He won four of them and drew five. Before Santos, he managed a small feat. He scored two goals in a game, something that has only happened twice since Zé Ricardo took command and made tactical modifications aimed at strengthening the defensive system.
The current form of São Paulo
The euphoria are-Pauline after having achieved for the first time in the season three consecutive victories had to be contained on the night of Thursday, November 9. In the Pacaembu stadium, the club took 2 to 0 of Chapecoense. He was able to react by equalizing the score, but he held back his fans’ hopes of winning a place in the 2018 Libertadores.
With 44 points (12 wins, eight draws and 13 losses), the tricolo fell from the ninth to eleventh position. The threat of relegation, however, is increasingly distant. The club needs just too much point to reach the score that mathematicians consider necessary to ward off any threat of downfall.
Thus, the focus of Sao Paulo in this final stretch is even the South American tournament. To do this, it essentially needs to produce better results as a visitor. With only 11 points (three wins, two draws and 11 losses) in this situation, it has the second worst performance as column two in the Brasileirão.
However, it also has to rely on the help of rivals. Should Flamengo get the title of the South American Cup and Grêmio win the current edition of Libertadores, the G7 for the continental tournament would turn G9. Thus, São Paulo’s fight for the wave would target Bahia, ninth placed, who has only one point more.
History of the bouts between Vasco and São Paulo
Registered 48 times in the history of the Brasileirão, the duel had the Sao Paulo as winner in 21 opportunities, the draws were 14 and the successes vascaínos 13. The most recent of them in 2012. Since then, the tricolor established an undefeated series of six games ( five wins and a draw), including the 1-0 in the first round of 2017.
Vasco has shown much greater consistency in his performances, although he faces problems to increase his offensive production and the number of goals scored. São Paulo shows it easier to attack and put the ball in the opponents’ net, but it oscillates a lot and presents many defensive faults.
This makes the guess of the owners of the house the most appropriate. It presents a prize of 2.50 for each real bet on Bet365. Draw has a return of 3.20 and success is-Pauline yields 2.87 for 1.