It's derby of the 27th round of Campeonato Brasileiro. Both teams fell out of the title race, but they still can be involved in the fight to other places that lead in Copa Libertadores (1-3) or qualification for the competition (4th place). Santos cannot boast of good form because they won only once on the last 4 matches (4:1 against Cruzeiro). Despite of defeat against Vasco on last round, coach Marcelo Martelotte believes that his team has a chance to reach the top three spots, to ensure participation in the Copa Libertadores. He knows that this success would increase his chances of staying on the bench of Santos. For tonight's derby Martelotte cannot count on injured players Paulo Henrique Ganso, Rodriguinho, Keirrison, Bruno Rodrigo and Madson. The good news for him and the fans of Santos is back from injury Ze Eduardo. Palmeiras also calculated that with a victory in this match could made a big step towards the top of the table. This team has good form as an advantage over Santos. They have won on four of the last 5 matches of which the last three were in a row. Also, they have fewer problems with injuries, missing only three players: Lenny, Ewerthon and Marcos.
Both teams are on six of their last 10 games in the league received and scored goals. Both teams scored on the last nine matches agains each other. Both teams have attained a goal on 23 of the last 27 games against each other. Palmeiras was more successful last years, they won six and lost two times, while the five matches ended draw. I believe that tonight Palmeiras has slight advantage, but I chose a safer variant - scoring on both sides.
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